What of a life well lived is studied and conscious and what is spontaneous and lies beneath thought? Certainly much of what I want to be is learned, some consciously.
[Of sitting next to Virginia Woolf at lunch:] It was like watching someone organize her own immortality. Every phrase and gesture was studied. Now and again, when she said something a little out of the ordinary, she wrote it down herself in a notebook.
Letter to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 30 Nov. 1930
Harold J. Laski — English politician and political scientist, 1893-1950