Lawrence Durrell

(1912 - 1990 / Nepal)

Lawrence Durrell Quotes

  • ''No one can go on being a rebel too long without turning into an autocrat.''
    Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), British author. Pursewarden, in Balthazar, pt. 2, ch. 6 (1958). Writing to Lawrence.
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  • ''I'm trying to die correctly, but it's very difficult, you know.''
    Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), British author. Sunday Times (London, Nov. 20, 1988).
  • ''Old age is an insult. It's like being smacked.''
    Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), British author. Sunday Times (London, Nov. 20, 1988).
  • ''Everyone loathes his own country and countrymen if he is any sort of artist.''
    Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), British author. The Durrell-Miller Letters 1935-1980 (1988). Letter, March 1948, to Henry Miller.
  • ''Brazil is bigger than Europe, wilder than Africa, and weirder than Baffin Land.''
    Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), British author. Letter, December 1948, to Henry Miller. The Durrell-Miller Letters 1935-80 (1988).

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Best Poem of Lawrence Durrell

This Unimportant Morning

This unimportant morning
Something goes singing where
The capes turn over on their sides
And the warm Adriatic rides
Her blue and sun washing
At the edge of the world and its brilliant cliffs.

Day rings in the higher airs
Pure with cicadas, and slowing
Like a pulse to smoke from farms,

Extinguished in the exhausted earth,
Unclenching like a fist and going.

Trees fume, cool, pour - and overflowing
Unstretch the feathers of birds and shake
Carpets from windows, brush with dew
The up-and-doing: and young lovers now
Their little ...

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Soft toys that make to seem girls
In cool whitewash with two coral
Valves of lip printing each others' grease ...
A clockwork Cupid's bow. Increase!
Their cherry-ripe hullo brims the open purse
Of eyes washed white by the marmoreal light;
So swaying as if on pyres they go
About the buried business of the night,
Cold witches of the elementary tease

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