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D. H. Lawrence Quotes

(1885-1930), British Author

And if tonight my soul may find her peace in sleep, and sink in good oblivion, and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.

Category: Sleep

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

Category: Speech

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.

Category: Taste

Tragedy is like strong acid -- it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth.

Category: Tragedies

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

Category: Tragedies

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.

Category: Travel And Tourism

Comes over one an absolute necessity to move. And what is more, to move in some particular direction. A double necessity then: to get on the move, and to know whither.

Category: Travel And Tourism

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.

Category: War

The one woman who never gives herself is your free woman, who is always giving herself.

Category: Women

The chief thing about a woman -- who is much of a woman -- is that in the long run she is not to be had... She is not to be caught by any of the catch-words, love, beauty, honor, duty, worth, work, salvation -- none of them -- not in the long run. In the long run she only says ''Am I satisfied, or is there some beastly dissatisfaction gnawing and gnawing inside me.'' And if there is some dissatisfaction, it is physical, at least as much as psychic, sex as much as soul.

Category: Women

You'll never succeed in idealizing hard work. Before you can dig mother earth you've got to take off your ideal jacket. The harder a man works, at brute labor, the thinner becomes his idealism, the darker his mind.

Category: Work, Hard

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.

Category: Writers And Writing

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

Category: Writers And Writing