D.H. Lawrence Quotes and Sayings – DH (David Herbert) Lawrence was born on September 11, 1885, in a town called Eastwood, Nottinghamshire (England). It was the fourth son of Arthur Lawrence, a miner almost illiterate and fond of drinking, and Lydia Beardsall, a woman, a former teacher, lover of culture, a fact that caused interest in the painting and reading of little David, who since childhood he suffered from fragile health. The cultural difference between his parents was a key element in the psychology of Lawrence, who suffered in his childhood the usual confrontation between his parents.
After attending a scholarship to Nottingham High School and the University of the same city, Lawrence left school and began publishing his first texts and taught since 1908 at the Davidson Road School in Croydon. A year later he published, thanks to the mediation of Ford Madox Ford, his first poems in the magazine “The English Review”.
His first published novel was “El Pevo Real Blanco” (1911), a book that the English author began writing in 1906.
In 1912 Lawrence initiated a sentimental relation with Frieda von Richthofen, a woman of professor Ernest Weekley and familiar of the famous pilot Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. Frieda left her husband and children to live with the young David Herbert in Bavaria (Germany). Both, who traveled frequently in many countries, were married in 1914.
After “The White Pavo Real”, Lawrence published “El Transgresor” (1912) and “Hijos y Amantes” (1913), an autobiographical novel in which the figure of one of his first loves, Jessie Chambers, appears. the fictitious name of Miriam.
In the middle of world war and residing in England, DH Lawrence published “The Rainbow” (1915) , his first book to be censored for sexual obscenity. As a result of this censorship, several personages, of liberal ideology, showed their support to Lawrence, like Lady Ottoline Morrell, Aldous Huxley or Bertrand Russell.
After publishing “Mujeres Enamoradas” (1920), sequel to “El Arco Iris” and one of his best works, DH Lawrence moved to Taormina, Italy, where he wrote “La Niña Perdida” (1920), a text that returns to affect the love links between people of different social nature. Shortly after “El Mar y Cerdeña” (1921) and “La Vara De Aarón” (1922) appeared. His stay in Italy produced the travel book “Italy a Media Luz”.
In the decade of the 20, DH Lawrence traveled by Australia, Asia, the United States and Europe.
Seated again in Italy, near Florence, he wrote his most popular title, “The Lover of Lady Chatterley” (1928), a book accused again of obscene that explicitly narrates the sexual relationship between a cultured and wealthy woman and a ranger at the service of her aristocratic husband. Previously he had published “Kangaroo” (1923) and “The Plumed Serpent” (1926).
DH Lawrence died of tuberculosis on March 2, 1930 in Vence (France). He was 44 years old. He is buried in the Kiowa Ranch Cemetery, located in San Cristobal, New Mexico (United States).
DH Lawrence Works
- The White Peacock (1911)
- The Trespasser (1912)
- Sons and Lovers (1913)
- The Rainbow (1915)
- Women in Love (1920)
- The Lost Girl (1920)
- Aaron’s Rod (1922) Kangaroo (1923)
- The Boy in the Bush (1924)
- The Plumed Serpent (1926)
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928)
- The Escaped Cock (1929)
- The Virgin and the Gypsy (1930)
- Stories The Prussian Officer and Other Stories (1914)
- England, My England and Other Stories (1922)
D.H. Lawrence Quotes and Sayings
“I love trying things and discovering how I hate them.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“In every living thing there is the desire for love.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.” – By D.H. Lawrence
# 5 D.H. Lawrence Quotes – “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.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“The human soul needs actual beauty more than bread.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“The lion shall never lie down with the lamb. The lion eternally shall devour the lamb, the lamb eternally shall be devoured. ” – By D.H. Lawrence
“The living moment is everything.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“The past. The Golden Age of the past. What a nostalgia we all feel for it. Yet we don’t want it when we get it. Try the South Seas.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Human love, human trust, are always perilous, because they break down. The greater the love, the greater the trust, and the greater the peril, the greater the disaster.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“No form of love is wrong, so long as it is love, and you yourself honour what you are doing. Love has an extraordinary variety of forms! And that is all that there is in life, it seems to me.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“There is no such thing as liberty. You only change one sort of domination for another. All we can do is to choose our master.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Those that go searching for love only make manifest their own lovelessness, and the loveless never find love, only the loving find love, and they never have to seek for it.” – By D.H. Lawrence
# 15 D.H. Lawrence Quotes – “We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“What we want is to destroy our false, inorganic connections, especially those related to money, and re-establish the living organic connections, with the cosmos, the sun and earth, with mankind and nation and family. ” – By D.H. Lawrence
“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.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“You’re spending your life without renewing it. You’ve got to be amused, properly healthily amused. You’re spending your vitality without making any. Can’t go on you know. Depression! Avoid depression!” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Now go away then, and leave me alone. I don’t want any more of your meretricious persiflage.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Oh, what a catastrophe, what a maiming of love when it was made personal, merely personal feeling. This is what is the matter with us: we are bleeding at the roots because we are cut off from the earth and sun and stars. ” – By D.H. Lawrence
“I can never decide whether my dreams are the result of my thoughts, or my thoughts the result of my dreams.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“I have lived among enough painters and around studios to have had all the theories – and how contradictory they are – rammed down my throat. A man has to have a gizzard like an ostrich to digest all the brass-tacks and wire nails of modern art theories.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Beauty is an experience, nothing else. It is not a fixed pattern or an arrangement of features. It is something felt, a glow or a communicated sense of fineness.” – By D.H. Lawrence
# 25 D.H. Lawrence Quotes – “Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Men and women aren’t really dogs: they only look like it and behave like it. Somewhere inside there is a great chagrin and a gnawing discontent.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Men are not free when they’re doing just what they like. Men are only free when they’re doing what the deepest self likes. And there is getting down to the deepest self! It takes some diving.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“One must learn to love, and go through a good deal of suffering to get to it… and the journey is always towards the other soul.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Perhaps only people who are capable of real togetherness have that look of being alone in the universe. The others have a certain stickiness, they stick to the mass.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Sanity means the wholeness of the consciousness. And our society is only part conscious, like an idiot.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Money is a sort of instinct. It’s a sort of property of nature in a person to make money.” – By D.H. Lawrence
# 35 D.H. Lawrence Quotes – “Money is our madness, our vast collective madness.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Money poisons you when you’ve got it, and starves you when you haven’t.” – By D.H. Lawrence
“Love is never a fulfillment. Life is never a thing of continuous bliss. There is no paradise. Fight and laugh and feel bitter and feel bliss: and fight again. Fight, fight. That is life.” – By D.H. Lawrence
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