Virginia Woolf was an English novelist, critic, and essayist. She is considered one of England’s most distinguished writers and is widely recognized for works such as Mrs. Dalloway (1925) and To the Lighthouse (1927).
Throughout her prolific career, Woolf experimented with several forms of biographical writing, composed short fictions and left behind a lifetime of brilliant letters that were sent to her family and friends.
Sadly, it seemed that death followed everyone she loved. Virginia lost her mother when she was 13 years old, and by the time she was emerging from depression, her half sister died. In 1904, her father also passed away — Virginia couldn’t cope with the tragic events in her life and had a nervous breakdown.
Nevertheless, she found the strength to keep going and by her mid-forties, she had established herself as an intellectual, influential writer and pioneering feminist, and earned incredible respect from the public.
Tragedy struck again as World War II was raging on. The house where she lived with her husband was destroyed during the Blitzkrieg and Virginia was terrified about what might happen to her Jewish husband if the germans would find him. Unable to live a life of despair, she committed suicide.
Here are 20 inspiring Virginia Woolf quotes on knowing oneself.