Monthly Quotes: October 2020


I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

‘Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

The history of men’s opposition to women’s emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only for hours, nobody can say.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Why, if it was an illusion, not praise the catastrophe, whatever it was, that destroyed illusion and put truth in it’s place?

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Women and fiction remain, so far as I am concerned, unsolved problems.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Truth had run through my fingers. Every drop had escaped.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

It is strange how a scrap of poetry works in the mind and makes the legs move in time to it along the road.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

Money dignifies what is frivolous if unpaid for.

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

The problem isn’t that we don’t know how not to get punched in the face. The problem is that, at some point, likely a long time ago, we got punched in face, and instead of punching back, we decided we deserved it.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

Because pain is the universal constant of life, the opportunities to grow from that pain are constant in life. All that is required is that we don’t numb it, that we don’t look away. All that is required is that we engage it and find the value and meaning in it.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

Freedom itself demands discomfort.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

No, the opposite of happiness is hopelessness, an endless gray horizon of resignation and indifference. Its the belief that everything is fucked, so why do anything at all?

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

Hopelessness is the root of anxiety, mental illness, and depression. It is the source of all misery and the cause of all addiction.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

They forgot that the world doesn’t run on information. People don’t make decisions based on truth or facts. They don’t spend their money based on data. They don’t connect with each other because of some higher philosophical truth. The world runs on feelings.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

Self-control is an illusion. Its an illusion that occurs when both brains are aligned and pursuing the same course of action.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

Ultimately, we are moved to action only by emotion. That’s because action is emotion.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

The only true form of freedom, the only ethical form of freedom, is through self-limitation. It is not the privilege of choosing everything you want in your life, but rather, choosing what you will give up in your life.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

The only true meaning in existence is the ability to form meaning

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

When we deny ourselves the ability to feel pain for a purpose, we deny ourselves the ability to feel any purpose in our life at all.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

I have tried to live my life such that in the hour of my death I would feel joy rather than fear.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

People now had a ton of free time to sit and think and worry about all sorts of existential shit that they had never considered before.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

We can be truly successful only at things we are willing to fail at.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

Moral gaps are where our values are born.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

Our crises of hope often start with a basic sense that we do not have control over ourselves or our destiny.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

Science is arguably the most effective religion because it is the first religion that is able to evolve and improve upon itself.

Mark Manson, Everything is Fcked: A Book About Hope

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