“We Are The Thing Itself”

9 Aug

Virginia Woolf in 1902

I came across this fantastic Virginia Woolf quote from her collection of essays, Moments of Being, and I wanted to share it:

“From this I reach what I might call a philosophy; at any rate it is a constant idea of mine; that behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern; that we—I mean all human beings—are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art. 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

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