Quote of the Day

Virginia Woolf (from A Room of One’s Own ):

“All women together, ought to let flowers fall upon the grave of Aphra Behn . . . for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.”

Here are some lines of poetry from Aphra Behn:

And Reason over all Unfettered plays,

Wanton and undisturbed as Summer’s Breeze;

That gliding murmurs o’er the Trees:

And no hard Notion meets or stops its way.

It Pierces, Conquers and Compels,

Beyond poor Feeble Faith’s dull oracles.

Faith the despairing Soul’s content,

Faith the Last Shift of Routed Argument.

And here’s a drawing of Aphra Behn at age 33 (made by one of her 17th century contemporaries):

File:Aphra Behn.jpg

Aphra Behn died in 1689 and is buried at Westminster Abbey.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Quote of the Day

  1. Veronica Abbass says:

    I have another Woolf quote for you. This quote is my response to the recent discussions of atheism on your blog and other blogs:

    “Hamlet or a Beethoven quartet is the truth about this vast mass that we call the world. But there is no Shakespeare, there is no Beethoven; certainly and emphatically there is no God; we are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself.”
    (Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being 72)”

  2. santitafarella says:


    God is immanent in Virginia Woolf perhaps. We lesser mortals, I’m less certain about.


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