My favourites: 28 quotes by D.H. Lawrence

Walking under the trees

♥ 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.

♥It’s no good trying to get rid of your own aloneness. You’ve got to stick to it all your life. Only at times, at times, the gap will be filled in. At times! But you have to wait for the times. Accept your own aloneness and stick to it, all your life. And then accept the times when the gap is filled in, when they come. But they’ve got to come. You can’t force them.

♥All people dream, but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the
morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous
people, For they dream their dreams with open eyes, And make them come
true.

♥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.

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

♥For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.

♥A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it

♥ 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?

♥ Life is ours to be spent, not to
be saved.

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

♥ 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.

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

♥ 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. 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 how many skies have fallen.

♥ I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.

♥ Instead of chopping yourself down to fit the world, chop the world down to fit yourself.

♥ 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.

♥ And that is how we are. By strength of will we cut off our inner intuitive knowledge from admitted consciousness. This causes a state of dread, or apprehension, which makes the blow ten times worse when it does fall.

♥ When I hear modern people complain of being lonely then I know what has happened. They have lost the cosmos.

♥ Recklessness is almost a man’s revenge on his woman. He feels he is not valued so he will risk destroying himself to deprive her altogether.

♥ You live by what you thrill to, and there’s the end of it.

♥ So as long as you can forget your body you are happy and the moment you begin to be aware of your body, you are wretched. So if civilization is any good, it has to help us forget our bodies, and then time passes happily without our knowing it. Help us get rid of our bodies altogether.

♥ My God, these folks don’t know how to love — that’s why they love so easily.

♥ 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.

♥ Life is a traveling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.

♥ I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections.
and it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly, that I am ill.
I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self,
and the wounds to the soul take a long, long time, only time can help
and patience, and a certain difficult repentance
long difficult repentance, realization of life’s mistake, and the freeing oneself
from the endless repetition of the mistake
which mankind at large has chosen to sanctify.

♥ Remembering death, I know the life of the world as it is now is not living, it is a bad process of dying. And what we must live for is a new world of life. It doesn’t matter when we die, so long as we live fulfilling the deepest desire that is in us. And a life which is a denial of the deepest desire is much worse than any death, it is a sheer lie.

♥ You can’t insure against the future, except by really believing in the best bit of you, and in the power beyond it.

♥ A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it; and one’s religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification.

 

 

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