The only history is a mere question of one’s struggle inside oneself. But that is the joy of it. One need neither discover Americas nor conquer nations, and yet one has as great a work as Columbus or Alexander, to do.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

Men and women should stay apart, till their hearts grow gentle towards one another again.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

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


David Herbert Lawrence

896

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.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

Loud peace propaganda makes war seem imminent.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

People always make war when they say they love peace.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

All vital truth contains the memory of all that for which it is not true.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art - or almost the only stuff.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

Tragedy is like strong acid - it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

Reason is a supple nymph, and slippery as a fish by nature. She had as leave give her kiss to an absurdity any day, as to syllogistic truth. The absurdity may turn out truer.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

They say geniuses mostly have great mothers. They mostly have sad fates.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

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.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true. The intellect is only a bit and a bridle.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

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.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

You don’t want to love - your eternal and abnormal craving is to be loved. You aren’t positive, you’re negative. You absorb, absorb, as if you must fill yourself up with love, because you’ve got a shortage somewhere.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

Loud peace propaganda makes war seem imminent.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

People always make war when they say they love peace.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

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


David Herbert Lawrence

896

Reason is a supple nymph, and slippery as a fish by nature. She had as leave give her kiss to an absurdity any day, as to syllogistic truth. The absurdity may turn out truer.


David Herbert Lawrence

896

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