David Herbert Lawrence

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Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.

David Herbert Lawrence

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.

David Herbert Lawrence

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.

David Herbert Lawrence

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.

David Herbert Lawrence

Only in a novel are all things given full play.

David Herbert Lawrence

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.

David Herbert 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.

David Herbert Lawrence

Money is our madness, our vast collective madness.

David Herbert Lawrence

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.

David Herbert Lawrence

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

David Herbert Lawrence

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

David Herbert Lawrence

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.

David Herbert Lawrence

The American grips himself, at the very sources of his consciousness, in a grip of care: and then, to so much of the rest of life, is indifferent. Whereas, the European hasn't got so much care in him, so he cares much more for life and living.

David Herbert Lawrence

Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom. The shout is a rattling of chains, always was.

David Herbert Lawrence

Sentimentalism is the working off on yourself of feelings you haven't really got.

David Herbert Lawrence

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.

David Herbert Lawrence

The true artist doesn't substitute immorality for morality. On the contrary, he always substitutes a finer morality for a grosser one.

David Herbert Lawrence

So long as you don't feel life's paltry and a miserable business, the rest doesn't matter, happiness or unhappiness.

David Herbert Lawrence

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.

David Herbert Lawrence

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

David Herbert Lawrence

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

David Herbert Lawrence

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.

David Herbert Lawrence

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

David Herbert Lawrence

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.

David Herbert Lawrence

Europe's the mayonnaise, but America supplies the good old lobster.

David Herbert Lawrence
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