David Herbert Lawrence

David Herbert Lawrence

David Herbert Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. His collected works represent, among other things, an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation.

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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.

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.

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.

The only justice is to follow the sincere intuition of the soul angry or gentle. Anger is just and pity is just but judgement is never just.

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.

There's always the hyena of morality at the garden gate and the real wolf at the end of the street.

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

Be a good animal true to your animal instincts.

God is only a great imaginative experience.

I can't do with mountains at close quarters - they are always in the way and they are so stupid never moving and never doing anything but obtrude themselves.

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