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DAVID HERBERT LAWRENCE
English novelist, short story writer and poet
(1885 - 1930)
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All that we know is nothing, we are merely crammed wastepaper baskets, unless we are in touch with that which laughs at all our knowing.
      - [Knowledge]

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
      - [Silence]

But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.
      - [Life]

Do not allow to slip away from you freedoms the people who came before you won with such hard knocks.
      - [Freedom]

For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.
      - [Life]

I hold that the parentheses are by far the most important parts of a non-business letter.
      - [Letters]

I would have loved it--without the French.
      - concerning France [France]

If a woman hasn't got a tiny streak of harlot in her, she's a dry stick as a rule.
      - [Women]

It's bad taste to be wise all the time, like being at a perpetual funeral.
      - [Wisdom]

Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.
      - [Life]

Oh the innocent girl in her maiden teens knows perfectly well what everything means.
      - [Innocence]

One could laugh at the world better if it didn't mix tender kindliness with its brutality.
      - [Kindness]

Only in a novel are all things given full play.
      - [Novels]

The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.
      - [Art]

The great mass of humanity should never learn to read or write.
      - [Education]

The profoundest of all sensualities is the sense of truth and the next deepest sensual experience is the sense of justice.
      - [Sensuality]

The refined punishments of the spiritual mode are usually much more indecent and dangerous than a good smack.
      - [Punishment]

When genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
      - [Writing]

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 habits, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is now no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles. We've got to live, no matter now many skies have fallen.
      - Lady Chatterley's Lover
        [Books (First Lines)]

And still I look for the men who will dare to be
  roses of England
    wild roses of England
      men who are wild roses of England
        with metal thorns, beware!
          but still more brave and still more rare
            the courage of rosiness in a cabbage world
              fragrance of roses in a stale stink of lies
                rose-leaves to bewilder the clever fools
                  and rose-briars to strangle the machine.
      - Rose and Cabbage [England]

"The Bottoms" succeed to "Hell Row." Hell Row was a block of thatched, bulging cottages that stood by the brook-side on Greenhill Lane.
      - Sons and Lovers [Books (First Lines)]

The Brangwens had lived for generations on the Marsh Farm, in the meadows where the Erewash twisted sluggishly through alder trees, separating Derbyshire from Nottinghamshire.
      - The Rainbow [Books (First Lines)]

Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen sat one morning in the window-bay of their father's house in Beldover, working and talking.
      - Women in Love [Books (First Lines)]


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