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Leonard Woolf

Datum narození: 25. listopad 1880
Datum úmrtí: 14. srpen 1969

Leonard Sidney Woolf byl anglický politický teoretik, spisovatel, nakladatel a pracovník koloniální správy, manžel spisovatelky Virginie Woolfové.


„Práce mozkem je pro většinu lidí tak bolestivá jako vrtání zubů.“

„Anyone can be a barbarian; it requires a terrible effort to remain a civilized man.“


„Nothing matters. You get yourself into a state in which you imagine things which have no basis in reality... One begins for some reason to worry about something and, if one allows oneself to go on doing that, one gradually imagines all kinds of things. It is a kind of self-indulgence and one gets into a perpetual daydream. It is essential to stop this process and face the real world -- which is never so bad as all that.“

„Novels by serious writers of genius often eventually become best-sellers, but most contemporary best-sellers are written by second-class writers whose psychological brew contains a touch of naïvety, a touch of sentimentality, the story-telling gift, and a mysterious sympathy with the day-dreams of ordinary people.“

„I get your moments when nothing seems to matter & I suppose that most of the time we, or I at any rate, are passively inert to happiness or unhappiness. I mean that we are so persistently automatic that most of the day is a trance. When I do think or feel, it is usually with rage or despair. Don’t you feel often or always that there is so little time to lose, & that we are losing it so fast. The Christians are right there, I feel, it wouldn’t matter if there were another life, if there were some chance of making up for the time we are cruelly forced to lose here. But to be hurrying to annihilation, & only to have lived for a hour or two out of twenty five years! And you say, as they all would say, ‘I feel it’s an episode’: you don’t seem to see that in a few minutes we shall be old & in a few hours dead, that it’s an episode between youth & life, & sterility & annihilation.“ Letters of Leonard Woolf

„One must be crucified on one’s own private cross.“

„You can't love by desiring
an extremely vague desire
of a very vague moon.“

„I see clearly that I have achieved practically nothing.“


„Nothing matters, and everything matters.“

„Suddenly I heard Virginia’s voice calling to me from the sitting room window: “Hitler is making a speech.” I shouted back, “I shan’t come. I’m planting iris and they will be flowering long after he is dead.“ Downhill All The Way: An Autobiography of the Years 1919 To 1939

„You can't love by desiring an extremely vague desire of a very vague moon.“

„The mere fact that a very large number of people believe such a thing and that the world would be a better place if it were true, is no reason for believing that it is true.“


„The fact is, I find it extremely difficult to force myself to read old letters... Whenever one really knows the facts, one finds that what is accepted by contemporaries or posterity as the truth about them is so distorted or out of focus that it is not worth worrying about.“

„Life is not an orderly progression, self-contained like a musical scale or a quadratic equation... If one is to record one's life truthfully, one must aim at getting into the record of it something of the disorderly discontinuity which makes it so absurd, unpredictable, bearable.“

„It’s a sort of dull unhappiness that comes from isolation & blankness & monotony. It is quite different to the dullness & melancholia at home; I believe people have it sometimes in Kipling & it is, I think, in the air of the country. I went for a walk the other night by the side of the lagoon at sunset; the beauty of it was supreme with the bright green of the paddy fields, the masses of palms, the sky every shade of red & yellow, & the sea every shade of blue; but for all the brilliancy of colour there was a heavy melancholy over it all.“ Letters of Leonard Woolf

„Nothing matters.“

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