Quotations From D.H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE

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  • Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1923). "The Spirit of Place," Studies in Classic American Literature, ch. 1, Doubleday (1959).

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  • The soul is a very perfect judge of her own motions, if your mind doesn't dictate to her.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1923). "Whitman," Studies in Classic American Literature, ch. 12, Doubleday (1959).

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  • We have to hate our immediate predecessors to get free of their authority.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Quoted in Henry Miller, The Wisdom of the Heart, "Creative Death," (1941).

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  • Europe's the mayonnaise, but America supplies the good old lobster.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. "Things," The Lovely Lady (1933).

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  • The cruellest thing a man can do to a woman is to portray her as perfection.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Letter, May 17, 1913, to writer and critic Edward Garnett. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 1, ed. James T. Boulton (1979).

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  • How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Sea and Sardinia, ch. 3 (1923).

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  • The final aim is not to know, but to be.... You've got to know yourself so that you can at last be yourself. "Be yourself" is the last motto.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1922). Fantasia of the Unconscious, ch. 6, Viking Compass (1960).
  • Sodom and Madonna-ism are two halves of the same movement, the mere tick-tack of lust and ascetism, piety and pornography.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Review of Solitaria, by V. V. Rozanov, Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence, p. 370, Viking Press (1936).

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  • 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.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Dec. 3, 1907. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 1, ed. James T. Boulton (1979).

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  • So long as you don't feel life's paltry and a miserable business, the rest doesn't matter, happiness or unhappiness.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by Duckworth (1913). Sons and Lovers, ch. 10, Penguin Books (1989).

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