Vita Sackville-West

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Victoria Mary Sackville-West, The Hon Lady Nicolson, CH (1892-03-091962-06-02) was an English poet, novelist and writer on gardening. She is sometimes considered part of the Bloomsbury group.


  • Women, like men, ought to have their years so glutted with freedom that they hate the very idea of freedom.
  • All craftsmen share a knowledge. They have held
    Reality down fluttering to a bench.
    • The Land (London: Frances Lincoln, [1926] 2004), "Summer", p. 81.
  • It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? for the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming. Growth of the soul, growth of the mind.
    • Twelve Days (London: Hogarth Press, 1928) pp. 9-10.
  • I have come to the conclusion, after many years of sometimes sad experience, that you cannot come to any conclusion at all.
    • In Your Garden Again (London: Frances Lincoln, [1953] 2004) p. 71.

About Vita Sackville-West

  • Her appearance was indeed remarkable – strange almost beyond the reach of adjectives…She resembled a puissant blend of both sexes – Lady Chatterley and her lover rolled into one.
    • Peter Quennell Customs and Characters (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1982) p. 41.

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