November 3, 2016

D. H. Lawrence Quotes

“A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it; and one’s religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification.”

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

“All vital truth contains the memory of all that for which it is not true.”

“America is neither free nor brave, but a land of tight, iron-clanking little wills, everybody trying to put it over everybody else, and a land of men absolutely devoid of the real courage of trust, trust in life’s sacred spontaneity. They can’t trust life until they can control it.”

“And what’s romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything as you like it, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose, and it’s always daisy-time.”

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

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

“But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.”

“California is a queer place — in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific. It is absolutely selfish, very empty, but not false, and at least, not full of false effort.”

“Censors are dead men set up to judge between life and death. For no live, sunny man would be a censor, he’d just laugh.”

“Consciousness is an end in itself. We torture ourselves getting somewhere, and when we get there it is nowhere, for there is nowhere to get to.”

“Creation destroys as it goes, throws down one tree for the rise of another. But ideal mankind would abolish death, multiply itself million upon million, rear up city upon city, save every parasite alive, until the accumulation of mere existence is swollen to a horror.”

“Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion.”

“Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can’t invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.”

“Do not allow to slip away from you freedoms the people who came before you won with such hard knocks.”

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

“Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar.”

“Europe’s the mayonnaise, but America supplies the good old lobster.”

“Every man has a mob self and an individual self, in varying proportions.”

“Folks should do their own fuckin’, then they wouldn’t want to listen to a lot of clatfart about another man’s.”

“For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.”

“For whereas the mind works in possibilities, the intuitions work in actualities, and what you intuitively desire, that is possible to you. Whereas what you mentally or consciously desire is nine times out of ten impossible; hitch your wagon to star, or you will just stay where you are.”

“God doesn’t know things. He is things.”

“God how I hate new countries: They are older than the old, more sophisticated, much more conceited, only young in a certain puerile vanity more like senility than anything.”

“God is only a great imaginative experience.”

“Having achieved and accomplished love… man… has become himself, his tale is told.”

“How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression.”

“I am in love – and, my God, it is the greatest thing that can happen to a man. I tell you, find a woman you can fall in love with. Do it. Let yourself fall in love. If you have not done so already, you are wasting your life.”

“I believe that a man is converted when first he hears the low, vast murmur of life, of human life, troubling his hitherto unconscious self.”

“I can never decide whether my dreams are the result of my thoughts, or my thoughts the result of my dreams.”

“I cannot cure myself of that most woeful of youth’s follies – thinking that those who care about us will care for the things that mean much to us.”

“I can’t bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd.”

“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.”

“I can’t stand Willy wet-leg, can’t stand him at any price. He’s resigned, and when you hit him he lets you hit him twice.”

“I hate the actor and audience business. An author should be in among the crowd, kicking their shins or cheering them on to some mischief or merriment.”

“I hold that the parentheses are by far the most important parts of a non-business letter.”

“I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze.”

“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.”

“I shall always be a priest of love.”

“I shall be glad when you have strangled the invincible respectability that dogs your steps.”

“I want to go south, where there is no autumn, where the cold doesn’t crouch over one like a snow leopard waiting to pounce. The heart of the North is dead, and the fingers of cold are corpse fingers.”

“I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.”

“If a woman hasn’t got a tiny streak of harlot in her, she’s a dry stick as a rule.”

“In every living thing there is the desire for love.”

“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.”

“It is quite true, as some poets said, that the God who created man must have had a sinister sense of humor, creating him a reasonable being, yet forcing him to take this ridiculous posture, and driving him with blind craving for this ridiculous performance.”

“It is so much more difficult to live with one’s body than with one’s soul. One’s body is so much more exacting: what it won’t have it won’t have, and nothing can make bitter into sweet.”

“It’s bad taste to be wise all the time, like being at a perpetual funeral.”

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

“Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.”

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