Great Throughts Treasury

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Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

He loved, beneath all this summer transiency, to feel the earth's spine beneath him; for such he took the hard root of the oak tree to be; or, for image followed image, it was the back of a great horse that he was riding, or the deck of a tumbling ship -- it was anything indeed, so long as it was hard, for he felt the need of something which he could attach his floating heart to; the heart that tugged at his side; the heart that seemed filled with spiced and amorous gales every evening about this time when he walked out.

Loneliness | Lying | Truth | Waste | Old |

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

She fell into a deep pool of sticky water, which eventually closed over her head. She saw nothing and heard nothing but a faint booming sound, which was the sound of the sea rolling over her head. While all her tormentors thought that she was dead, she was not dead, but curled up at the bottom of the sea.

Light | Lying |

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

Let us not take for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small.

Body | Deeds | Fear | Hate | Lying | Mind | Power | Speech | Deeds |

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

Needless to say, the business of living interferes with the solitude so needed for any work of the imagination. Here's what Virginia Woolf said in her diary about the sticky issue: I've shirked two parties, and another Frenchman, and buying a hat, and tea with Hilda Trevelyan, for I really can't combine all this with keeping all my imaginary people going.

Deeds | Ends | Family | Land | Lying | Man | Memory | Need | Work | Deeds |

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

Fame will last maybe two thousand years. And that means two thousand years? (Asked Mr. Ramsay, ironically, gaze at the hedge). Indeed, the means contemplated by the crown of a mountain, vast wilderness of centuries? Even stones that tumble with ice tip will outlast Shakespeare. And his little light will burn without too much shine, a year or two after that will be absorbed more light, and this, in turn, by another and more alive.

Lying |

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

There it was before her - life. Life: she thought but she did not finish her thought. She took a look at life, for she had a clear sense of it there, something real, something private, which she shared neither with her children nor with her husband. A sort of transaction went on between them, in which she was on one side, and life was on another, and she was always trying to get the better of it, as it was of her; and sometimes they parleyed (when she sat alone); there were, she remembered, great reconciliation scenes; but for the most part, oddly enough, she must admit that she felt this thing that she called life terrible, hostile, and quick to pounce on you if you gave it a chance.

Lying | Men | Time | World | Afraid |

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

You wish to be a poet; you wish to be a lover. But the splendid clarity of your intelligence, and the remorseless honestly of your intellect bring you to a halt.

Lying |

Virginia Woolf, nee Stephen, fully Adeline Virginia Woolf

Why, I ask, can I not finish the letter that I am writing? For my room is always scattered with unfinished letters. I begin to suspect, when I am with you, that I am among the most gifted of men. I am filled with the delight of youth, with potency, with the sense of what is to come. blundering, but fervid, I see myself buzzing round flowers, humming down scarlet cups, making blue funnels resound with my prodigious booming. How richly I shall enjoy my youth (you make me feel). And London. And freedom. But stop. You are not listening. You are making some protest, as you slide, with an inexpressibly familiar gesture, your hand along your knee. By such signs we diagnose our friends' diseases. Do not, in your affluence and plenty, you seem to say, pass me by. Stop, you say. Ask me what I suffer.

Extravagance | Lying | Will |

Victor Hugo

Let the principle of liberty work, but let it work well. In letters, as in society, not etiquette, not anarchy, but laws.

Lying |

Victor Hugo

The possible: that window of the dream opening upon reality. Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to remain silent. (I.2.iv)

Eternal | Lying | Magic | Man | Murder | Play | Murder |

Viktor Frankl, fully Viktor Emil Frankl

If a prisoner felt that he could no longer endure the realities of camp life, he found a way out in his mental life — an invaluable opportunity to dwell in the spiritual domain, the one that the SS were unable to destroy. Spiritual life strengthened the prisoner, helped him adapt, and thereby improved his chances of survival.

Care | Day | Happy | Little | Lying | Men | Loss |

Victor Borge, born Børge Rosenbaum

The Steinway people have asked me to announce that this is a Baldwin piano. (Just before starting a piece)

Lying |

Viktor Frankl, fully Viktor Emil Frankl

The question was whether an ape which was being used to develop a poliomyelitis serum, and for this reason punctured again and again, would ever be able to grasp the meaning of its suffering. Unanimously, the group replied that of course it would not; with its limited intelligence, it could not enter into the world of man, i.e., the only world in which the meaning of its suffering would be understandable. Then I pushed forward with the following question: ‘And what about man? Are you sure that the the human world is a terminal point in the evolution of the cosmos? Is it not conceivable that there is still another dimension, a world beyond man’s world; a world in which the question of an ultimate meaning of human suffering would find an answer?

Belief | Faith | Future | Lying | Nothing | Loss | Crisis |

Viktor Frankl, fully Viktor Emil Frankl

I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.

Ambition | Comfort | Fate | Friend | Intention | Life | Life | Little | Lying | Mind | Peace | Quiet | Wrong | Fate | Ambition | Following |

Václav Havel

Drama assumes an order. If only so that it might have -- by disrupting that order -- a way of surprising.

Good | Instinct | Lying | People | Politics | Public | Temptation | Temptation |

Thomas J. Watson, fully Thomas John Watson, Sr.

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.

Lying | Nothing | Right | Rule |

Tom Robbins, fully Thomas Eugene "Tom" Robbins

Boomer had asked her once, in a telephone call from Virginia, Why does this stuff, these hand-painted hallucinations that don’t do nothin’ but confuse the puddin’ out of a perfectly reasonable wall, why does it mean so much to you? It was a poor connection, but he could have sworn he heard her say, In the haunted house of life, art is the only stair that doesn’t creak.

Lying | Man | Order | Trust | Will |

William James

No human being ever learns to live until he has awakened to the dormant powers within him

Lying |

William Godwin

Once annihilate the quackery of government, and the most homebred understanding might be strong enough to detect the artifices of the state juggler that would mislead him.

Better | Conduct | Consideration | Family | Father | Improvement | Justice | Justify | Life | Life | Lying | Magic | Man | Sense | Truth | Understanding | Will | Work | Worth | Vice |

William Morris

Speak but one word to me over the corn, over the tender, bowed locks of the corn.

Aesthetic | Concealment | Corruption | Dreams | Indulgence | Life | Life | Lying | Nothing | Restraint | Will |