Friday, April 11, 2014

Virginia Woolf on Life

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” ― Virginia Woolf

While the temptation is always there to avoid life and have a peaceful existence it will stultify your enjoyment of life. Woolf had every reason to seek peace. She suffered from mental illness for most of her life, and peace was often elusive.

Thankfully for us, her readers, she did not become a recluse, but she experienced life and all of its vicissitudes and survived. Like Jane Austen before her, Virginia Woolf had a eye for the minutiae of daily life which makes her writing piquant.

In fact the place where she did find peace was in her writing and in her deep relationship with her husband Leonard.

Her writing are full of detail and wisdom and we are fortunate that these writings have been treasured and well preserved.

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