79 Quotes of D. H. Lawrence

” Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar. “
” 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. “
” Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken. “
” The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure. “
” I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets. “
” 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. “
” One could laugh at the world better if it didn’t mix tender kindliness with its brutality. “
” The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can’t wake up. “
” Sex and beauty are inseparable, like life and consciousness. And the intelligence which goes with sex and beauty, and arises out of sex and beauty, is intuition. “
” The only justice is to follow the sincere intuition of the soul, angry or gentle. Anger is just, and pity is just, but judgement is never just. “
” The only justice is to follow the sincere intuition of the soul, angry or gentle. Anger is just, and pity is just, but judgement is never just. “
” There is only one thing that a man really wants to do, all his life; and that is, to find his way to his God, his Morning Star, salute his fellow man, and enjoy the woman who has come the long way with him. “
” Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved. “
” When one jumps over the edge, one is bound to land somewhere. “
” 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. “
” Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it. “
” God is only a great imaginative experience. “
” In every living thing there is the desire for love. “
” For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. “
” The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment. “
” There’s always the hyena of morality at the garden gate, and the real wolf at the end of the street. “
” The Moon! Artemis! the great goddess of the splendid past of men! Are you going to tell me she is a dead lump? “
” The Christian fear of the pagan outlook has damaged the whole consciousness of man. “
” Men and women should stay apart, till their hearts grow gentle towards one another again. “
” The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread. “
” How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression. “
” The cruelest thing a man can do to a woman is to portray her as perfection. “
” 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. “
” I can never decide whether my dreams are the result of my thoughts, or my thoughts the result of my dreams. “
” You don’t want to love – your eternal and abnormal craving is to be loved. You aren’t positive, you’re negative. You absorb, absorb, as if you must fill yourself up with love, because you’ve got a shortage somewhere. “
” Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art – or almost the only stuff. “
” Men! The only animal in the world to fear. “
” 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. “
” My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true. The intellect is only a bit and a bridle. “
” It’s bad taste to be wise all the time, like being at a perpetual funeral. “
” Tragedy is like strong acid – it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth. “
” My whole working philosophy is that the only stable happiness for mankind is that it shall live married in blessed union to woman-kind – intimacy, physical and psychical between a man and his wife. I wish to add that my state of bliss is by no means perfect. “
” Reason is a supple nymph, and slippery as a fish by nature. She had as leave give her kiss to an absurdity any day, as to syllogistic truth. The absurdity may turn out truer. “
” 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. “
” The human consciousness is really homogeneous. There is no complete forgetting, even in death. “
” This is the very worst wickedness, that we refuse to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. This makes us secret and rotten. “
” I shall always be a priest of love. “
” Europe’s the mayonnaise, but America supplies the good old lobster. “
” The war is dreadful. It is the business of the artist to follow it home to the heart of the individual fighters – not to talk in armies and nations and numbers – but to track it home. “
” My God, these folks don’t know how to love – that’s why they love so easily. “
” One must learn to love, and go through a good deal of suffering to get to it… and the journey is always towards the other soul. “
” 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. “
” The more I see of democracy the more I dislike it. It just brings everything down to the mere vulgar level of wages and prices, electric light and water closets, and nothing else. “
” The essential function of art is moral. But a passionate, implicit morality, not didactic. A morality which changes the blood, rather than the mind. “
” Do not allow to slip away from you freedoms the people who came before you won with such hard knocks. “
” Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts. “
” Myth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience, of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul, for mental explanation or description. “
” Ours is an excessively conscious age. We know so much, we feel so little. “
” They say geniuses mostly have great mothers. They mostly have sad fates. “
” Money is our madness, our vast collective madness. “
” Myth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience, of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul, for mental explanation or description. “
” Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom. The shout is a rattling of chains, always was. “
” 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. “
” Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside. Alas! “
” 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 like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze. “
” 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. “
” 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. “
” Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep. “
” 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. “
” 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. “
” 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. “
” One sheds one’s sicknesses in books – repeats and presents again one’s emotions, to be master of them. “
” The great mass of humanity should never learn to read or write. “
” The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack. “
” People always make war when they say they love peace. “
” So long as you don’t feel life’s paltry and a miserable business, the rest doesn’t matter, happiness or unhappiness. “
” The soul is a very perfect judge of her own motions, if your mind doesn’t dictate to her. “
” 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. “
” Loud peace propaganda makes war seem imminent. “
” If a woman hasn’t got a tiny streak of harlot in her, she’s a dry stick as a rule. “
” One can no longer live with people: it is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease. “
” Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion. “