The Hours

The Hours quotes

51 total quotes (ID: 280)

Clarissa Vaughan
Laura Brown
Multiple Characters
Richard Brown
Virginia Woolf


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.


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

Sally: Why do I always have to sit next to the exes? Is this some kind of a hint, sweetheart? And anyway, shouldn't the exes have a table of their own where they can all ex together in ex-quisite agony?

Clarissa: I'm having a party. My friend Richard has won the Carrouthers.
Florist: Well that's just terrific! If I knew what it was.

Clarissa: He gives me that look.
Julia: What look?
Clarissa: To say: Your life is trivial. You are so trivial.

Louis: The day I left him I got on a train and made my way across Europe. I felt free for the first time in years.

Vanessa: Your aunt is a very lucky woman, Angelica. She has two lives. She has the life she is leading and also the books she is writing.

Dan: The thought of this life, that's what kept me going. I had an idea of our happiness.

Angelica: What happens when we die?
Virginia: What happens? [pause] We return to the place that we came from.
Angelica: I don't remember where I came from.
Virginia: Nor do I.

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

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

Clarissa: Just to let you know I am making the crab thing. Not that I imagine it makes any difference to you.
Richard: Of course it makes a difference. I love the crab thing.

Julia: You can't see that? You can't see that Louis Waters is weird?
Clarissa: I can see that he's sad.
Julia: Well. All your friends are sad.

Angelica: What were you thinking about?
Virginia: I was going to kill my heroine. But I've changed my mind. [pause] I fear I may have to kill someone else instead.

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.