23 April 2012

She Said It: Woolf

"For masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking of the body of the people, so that experience of the mass is behind the single voice."

"It is useless to go to the great men writers for help, however much one may go to them for pleasure. Lamb, Browne, Thackeray, Newman, Sterne, Dickens, De Quincey--whoever it may be--never helped a woman yet, though she may have learnt a few tricks of them and adapted them to her use. The weight, the pace, the stride of a man's mind are too unlike her own for her to lift anything substantial from him successfully. The ape is too distant to be sedulous." 

--Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own (1929)

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