November 14, 2016

T. E. Lawrence Quotes

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”

“All men dream, but unequally. Those that dream at night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake the next day to find that their dreams were just vanity. But those who dream during the day with their eyes wide open are dangerous men; they act out their dreams to make them reality.”

“All the revision in the world will not save a bad first draft: for the architecture of the thing comes, or fails to come, in the first conception, and revision only affects the detail and ornament, alas!”

“An opinion can be argued with; a conviction is best shot. The logical end of a war of creeds is the final destruction of one, and Salammbo is the classical text-book instance.”

“I loved you, so I drew these tides of men into my hands and wrote my will across the sky in stars To earn you freedom, the seven pillared worthy house, that your eyes might be shining for me When we came.”

“I loved you, so I drew these tides of men into my hands and wrote my will across the sky in stars To gain you Freedom, the seven-pillared worthy house, that your eyes might be shining for me When I came.”

“I’m re-reading it with a slow deliberate carelessness.”

“Isn’t it true that the fault of birth rests somewhat on the child? I believe it’s we who led our parents on to bear us, and it’s our unborn children who make our flesh itch.”

“It seemed that rebellion must have an unassailable base, something guarded not merely from attack, but from the fear of it: such a base as we had in the Red Sea Parts, the desert, or in the minds of the men we converted to our creed.”

“I’ve been & am absurdly over-estimated. There are no supermen & I’m quite ordinary, & will say so whatever the artistic results. In that point I’m one of the few people who tell the truth about myself.”

“Men have looked upon the desert as barren land, the free holding of whoever chose; but in fact each hill and valley in it had a man who was its acknowledged owner and would quickly assert the right of his family or clan to it, against aggression.”

“Men prayed me that I set our work, the inviolate house, As a memory of you. But for fit monument I shattered it, unfinished: and now The little things creep out to patch themselves hovels In the marred shadow Of your gift.”

“Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books: but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals.”

“Some of the evil of my tale may have been inherent in our circumstances. For years we lived anyhow with one another in the naked desert, under the indifferent heaven.”

“The Beduin could not look for God within him: he was too sure that he was within God.”

“The literature of disease is more interesting to me than all the healthy books.”

“The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honor.”

“The printing press is the greatest weapon in the armoury of the modern commander…”

“The sword also means clean-ness + death”

“There could be no honor is sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat.”

“This creed of the desert seemed inexpressible in words, and indeed in thought.”

“This death’s livery which walled its bearers from ordinary life was sign that they have sold their wills and bodies to the State: and contracted themselves into a service not the less abject for that its beginning was voluntary.”

“To have news value is to have a tin can tied to one’s tail.”

“To me an unnecessary action, or shot, or casualty, was not only waste but sin.”

“When at last we anchored in Jeddah’s outer harbour, off the white town hung between the blazing sky and its reflection in the mirage which swept and rolled over the wide lagoon, then the heat of Arabia came out like a drawn sword and struck us speechless.”