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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The soft quem quam will be Scops the Owl
conjugation of nouns, a line of enquiry,
powdery stubble of the socratic prison
laurels crack like parchments in the wind.
who walks here in the violet dust at night
by the tower of the winds and water-clocks?
tapers smoke upon open coffins
surely the shattered pitchers must one day
revive in the gush of marble breathing up?

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