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

Clarissa Vaughn: All right Richard, do me one simple favor. Come. Come sit.
Richard Brown: I don't think I can make it to the party, Clarissa.
Clarissa Vaughn: You don't have to go to the party, you don't have to go to the ceremony, you don't have to do anything you don't want to do. You can do as you like.
Richard Brown: But I still have to face the hours, don't I? I mean, the hours after the party, and the hours after that...

You cannot find peace by avoiding life, Leonard.

Virginia Woolf

All my life I could do anything. I could do anything, really. Except the one thing I wanted.


Clarissa Vaughn: He came out behind me. He put his hand on my shoulder...”Good morning, Mrs. Dalloway." From then on I've been stuck.
Louis Waters: Stuck?
Clarissa Vaughn: Yep. With the name, I mean.

It's on this day. This day of all days. Her fate becomes clear to her.

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.

Virginia Woolf

When I'm with him I feel... Yes, I am living. And when I'm not with him... Yes, everything does seem sort of silly.

Clarissa Vaughn

They're all here, aren't they? All the ghosts... All the ghosts are assembling for the party!


Do you think it's possible that bad writing actually attracts a higher incidence of error?

Leonard Woolf

Virginia Woolf: You return to what?
Vanessa Bell: Tonight. Oh, just some insufferable dinner not even you could envy, Virginia.
Virginia Woolf: But I do.

Angelica Bell: What were you thinking about?
Virginia Woolf: I was going to kill my heroine. But I've changed my mind.

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The Hours Quotes

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.

I had this wonderful notion. I took the Xanax and the Ritalin together. It had never occurred to me!

Richard Brown