An interesting definition of growing up – losing your illusions.  But then humanly allowing the possibility that you will acquire new ones.

‘I am growing  up,’ she thought, taking her taper.  ‘I am losing my illusions, perhaps to acquire new ones’…


Source: Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography, ed. with an introduction by Rachel Bowlby (Oxford: World’s Classics, 1992), p. 167

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