Remembering D.H. Lawrence: Ten of His Most Insightful Quotes

Ten of our favorite quotes from modernist writer D.H. Lawrence, who died on this day in 1930.

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Lawrence, often seen as a controversial figure for the lewdness of much of his writing, produced many novels, short stories, plays, poems (over 800), and even paintings. He died on this day in 1930.

“For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken.

It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.”

from “the pomegranate”

“The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.”

“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.”

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“I can never decide whether my dreams are the result of my thoughts or my thoughts the result of my dreams.”

“But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.”

“Nobody knows you.

You don’t know yourself.

And I, who am half in love with you,

What am I in love with?

My own imaginings?

“I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze.”

“For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.”

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“It is a fine thing to establish one’s own religion in one’s heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.”

“Used to all kinds of society, she watched people as one reads the pages of a novel, with a certain disinterested amusement.”

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