“She Always Had the Feeling That It Was Very, Very Dangerous To Live Even One Day.”

“She had a perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day.”
–Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

I love the work of Virginia Woolf, and of everything she wrote, this short passage is one that haunts me often.

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  • Scrapcollectr

    Poor Virginia Woolf. I see cabs as buzzing insects. The only kind that make me happy, curiously. *smile*

  • Sidetracked Time Traveler

    LOVE it and must post on my literary quotes blog. Haunting, yes.

  • Slightlysmitten

    Virginia needed to curl up with “The Hapiness Project.”

  • marlyss

    Oh, thank you for posting this; the last half is one of my favorite quotes of all time. Virginia Woolf is brilliant at expressing what it’s like in those moments when I’m struck out of nowhere with the full awareness that I’m alive. Somehow her writing about it is completely original, with no trace of cliche or sentimentality.

  • Bee

    I love Virginia Woolf’s work too. Her letters are such a joy to read – as are the memoirs of the Bloomsbury set. Thanks for this.

  • Hi Gretchen. Thanks for the share..