The Hours

The Hours quotes

51 total quotes (ID: 280)

Clarissa Vaughan
Laura Brown
Multiple Characters
Richard Brown
Virginia Woolf


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


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 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 wanted to be a writer, that's all. I wanted to write about it all. Everything that happens in a moment. The way the flowers looked when you carried them in your arms. This towel, how it smells, how it feels, this thread. All our feelings, yours and mine. The history of it, who we once were. Everything in the world. Everything all mixed up, like it's all mixed up now. And I failed. I failed. No matter what you start with it ends up being so much less. Sheer ****ing pride and stupidity.

I've been attended by doctors, who inform me of my own interests.

I've stayed alive for you. But now you have to let me go.

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 own condition. You live with the threat, you tell me you live with the threat of my extinction. Leonard, I live with it too. 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. But if it is a choice between Richmond and death, I choose death.

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

Just wait till I die. Then you'll have to think of yourself. How are you going to like that?

Leonard, I believe I may have a first sentence.

Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.

Obviously, you feel unworthy. Gives you feelings of unworthiness. You survive and they don't.

Oh I'm gonna make a cake. That's what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna make the cake for daddy's birthday.

Oh, Mrs. Dalloway... Always giving parties to cover the silence.

Sally, I think I'll buy the flowers myself.

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