The Hours Quotes

  • Virginia Woolf: I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been.


  • Virginia Woolf: Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more. It's contrast.


  • Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway said she'd buy the flowers herself.
    Laura Brown: (Reading aloud) Mrs. Dalloway said she'd buy the flowers herself.
    Clarissa Vaughn: (Shouting) Sally, I think I'll buy the flowers myself!


  • Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway said she'd buy the flowers herself.
    Laura Brown: (Reading aloud) Mrs. Dalloway said she'd buy the flowers herself.
    Clarissa Vaughn: (Shouting) Sally, I think I'll buy the flowers myself!


  • Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway said she'd buy the flowers herself.
    Laura Brown: (Reading aloud) Mrs. Dalloway said she'd buy the flowers herself.
    Laura Brown: [reading aloud] Mrs. Dalloway said she'd buy the flowers herself.
    Clarissa Vaughn: (Shouting) Sally, I think I'll buy the flowers myself!
    Clarissa Vaughn: [shouting] Sally, I think I'll buy the flowers myself!


  • Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway said she'd buy the flowers herself.
    Laura Brown: (Reading aloud) Mrs. Dalloway said she'd buy the flowers herself.
    Clarissa Vaughn: (Shouting) Sally, I think I'll buy the flowers myself!


  • Clarissa Vaughn: I remember one morning getting up at dawn, there was such a sense of possibility. You know, that feeling? And I remember thinking to myself: So, this is the beginning of happiness. This is where it starts. And of course there will always be more. It never occurred to me it wasn't the beginning. It was happiness. It was the moment. Right then.


  • Virginia Woolf: Dear Leonard. To look life in the face, always, to look life in the face and to know it for what it is. At last to know it, to love it for what it is, and then, to put it away. Leonard, always the years between us, always the years. Always the love. Always the hours.


  • Virginia Woolf: Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.


  • Angelica Bell: What happens when we die?
    Virginia Woolf: What happens?. We return to the place that we came from
    Virginia Woolf: What happens? We return to the place that we came from
    Virginia Woolf: What happens? We return to the place that we came from.
    Angelica Bell: I don't remember where I came from
    Angelica Bell: I don't remember where I came from.
    Virginia Woolf: Nor do I
    Virginia Woolf: Nor do I.
    Angelica Bell: She looks smaller
    Angelica Bell: She looks smaller.
    Virginia Woolf: Yes, that's one of the thing that happens. You look smaller
    Virginia Woolf: Yes, that's one of the thing that happens. You look smaller.
    Angelica Bell: But so peaceful
    Angelica Bell: But so peaceful.


  • Laura Brown: It would be wonderful to say you regretted it. It would be easy. But what does it mean? What does it mean to regret when you have no choice? It's what you can bear. There it is. No one's going to forgive me. It was death. I chose life.


  • Richard Brown: I don't think I can make it to the party, Clarissa.


  • Virginia Woolf: If I were thinking clearly, Leonard, I would tell you that I wrestle alone in the dark, in the deep dark, and that only I can know. Only I can understand my condition. You live with the threat, you tell me you live with the threat of my extinction. Leonard, I live with it too.


  • Virginia Woolf: am ungrateful? You call ME ungrateful? My life has been stolen from me. I'm living in a town I have no wish to live in . . I'm living a life I have no wish to live . . How did this happen?
    Virginia Woolf: I am ungrateful? You call me ungrateful? My life has been stolen from me. I'm living in a town I have no wish to live in. I'm living a life I have no wish to live. How did this happen?


  • Virginia Woolf: This is my right; it is the right of every human being. I choose not the suffocating anesthetic of the suburbs, but the violent jolt of the Capital, that is my choice. The meanest patient, yes, even the very lowest is allowed some say in the matter of her own prescription. Thereby she defines her humanity. I wish, for your sake, Leonard, I could be happy in this quietness.. [pause].. But if it is a choice between Richmond and death, I choose death
    Virginia Woolf: This is my right; it is the right of every human being. I choose not the suffocating anesthetic of the suburbs, but the violent jolt of the Capital, that is my choice. The meanest patient, yes, even the very lowest is allowed some say in the matter of her own prescription. Thereby she defines her humanity. I wish, for your sake, Leonard, I could be happy in this quietness. [pause] But if it is a choice between Richmond and death, I choose death.


  • Virginia Woolf: Did it matter, then, she asked herself, walking toward Bond Street. Did it matter that she must inevitably cease, completely. All this must go on without her. Did she resent it? Or did it not become consoling to believe that death ended absolutely? It is possible to die. It is possible to die.


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