Quotes of D. H. Lawrence

“ Tragedy is like strong acid – it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Life is beautiful, as long as it consumes you. When it is rushing through you, destroying you, life is gorgeous, glorious. It’s when you burn a slow fire and save fuel, that life’s not worth having. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Human desire is the criterion of all truth and all good. Truth does not lie beyond humanity, but is one of the products of the human mind and feeling. There is really nothing to fear. The motive of fear in religion is base... ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ The profoundest of all sensualities is the sense of truth and the next deepest sensual experience is the sense of justice. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ When along the pavement, Palpitating flames of life, People flicker around me, I forget my bereavement, The gap in the great constellation, The place where a star used to be ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Human desire is the criterion of all truth and all good. Truth does not lie beyond humanity, but is one of the products of the human mind and feeling. There is really nothing to fear. The motive of fear in religion is base... ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ After all, the world is not a stage — not to me: nor a theatre: nor a show-house of any sort. And art, especially novels, are not little theatres where the reader sits aloft and watches… and sighs, commiserates, condones and smiles. That's what you want a book to be: because it leaves you so safe and superior, with your two-dollar ticket to the show… ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ I love Italian opera — it's so reckless. Damn Wagner, and his bellowings at Fate and death. Damn Debussy, and his averted face. I like the Italians who run all on impulse, and don't care about their immortal souls, and don't worry about the ultimate. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ The great living experience for every man is his adventure into the woman. The man embraces in the woman all that is not himself, and from that one resultant, from that embrace, comes every new action. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Maggie said that love was the flower of life, and blossomed unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it was found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Always this same morbid interest in other people and their doings, their privacies, their dirty linen, always this air of alertness for personal happenings, personalities, personalities, personalities. Always this subtle criticism and appraisal of other people, this analysis of other people's motives… ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ I can't do with mountains at close quarters — they are always in the way, and they are so stupid, never moving and never doing anything but obtrude themselves. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Behold then Septimus Dodge returning to Dodge-town victorious. Not crowned with laurel, it is true, but wreathed in lists of things he has seen and sucked dry. Seen and sucked dry, you know: Venus de Milo, the Rhine or the Coliseum: swallowed like so many clams, and left the shells. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ We make a mistake forsaking England and moving out into the periphery of life. After all, Taormina, Ceylon, Africa, America — as far as we go, they are only the negation of what we ourselves stand for and are: and we're rather like Jonahs running away from the place we belong. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ We only seem to learn from Life that Life doesn't matter so much as it seemed to do — it's not so burningly important, after all, what happens. We crawl, like blinking sea-creatures, out of the Ocean onto a spur of rock, we creep over the promontory bewildered and dazzled and hurting ourselves, then we drop in the ocean on the other side: and the little transit doesn't matter so much. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Behold then Septimus Dodge returning to Dodge-town victorious. Not crowned with laurel, it is true, but wreathed in lists of things he has seen and sucked dry. Seen and sucked dry, you know: Venus de Milo, the Rhine or the Coliseum: swallowed like so many clams, and left the shells. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Sex is really only touch, the closest of all touch. And it's touch we're afraid of. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ All that we know is nothing, we are merely crammed waste-paper baskets, unless we are in touch with that which laughs at all our knowing. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ We have lost the art of living; and in the most important science of all, the science of daily life, the science of behavior, we are complete ignoramuses. We have psychology instead. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Don't be on the side of the angels, it's too lowering. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ We have lost the art of living; and in the most important science of all, the science of daily life, the science of behavior, we are complete ignoramuses. We have psychology instead. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A bird will fall frozen dead from the bow of a ship without ever having felt sorry for itself. ”

- D. H. Lawrence

“ Behold then Septimus Dodge returning to Dodge-town victorious. Not crowned with laurel, it is true, but wreathed in lists of things he has seen and sucked dry. Seen and sucked dry, you know: Venus de Milo, the Rhine or the Coliseum: swallowed like so many clams, and left the shells. ”

- D. H. Lawrence
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