Happy Birthday, D. H. Lawrence – Selected Quotes

Few authors can match the expertise that D. H. Lawrence had when scribing intrinsically human stories. Like any good writer, he drew from personal experience to craft deeply personable prose that was as compelling as it was often heartbreaking.

Born David Herbert Richards Lawrence in 1885, he originated from a working class background and showed a passion for writing from an early age. Lawrence was close to his mother, leading to a long period of grief following her death which served as the basis for his semi-autobiographical novel, Sons and Lovers.

However, his peers decried Lawrence as a “pornographer” due to the exploration of sexuality in Lady Chatterley’s Lover. It’s one of the most influential romantic novels of all time, seen by many as the genesis of the erotica subgenre. His other works included The Rainbow, Women in Love, and John Thomas and Lady Jane.

On the 11th of September on what would be his 130th birthday, we decided to take a look at some of D. H. Lawrence’s best quotes.

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

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

There is only one thing that a man really wants to do, all his life; and that is, to find his way to his God, his Morning Star, salute his fellow man, and enjoy the woman who has come the long way with him.

“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.”

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

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

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

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.

“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.”

“Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.”

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.

“I hold that the parentheses are by far the most important parts of a non-business letter.”

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