Quotes by David Herbert Lawrence

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
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.
– David Herbert Lawrence
America is neither free nor brave, but a land of tight, iron-clanking little wills, everybody trying to put it over everybody else, and a land of men absolutely devoid of the real courage of trust, trust in life's sacred spontaneity. They can't trust life until they can control it.
– David Herbert Lawrence
And if tonight my soul may find her peace in sleep, and sink in good oblivion, and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.
– David Herbert Lawrence
Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts.
– David Herbert Lawrence
But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.
– David Herbert Lawrence
But the effort, the effort! And as the marrow is eaten out of a man's bones and the soul out of his belly, contending with the strange rapacity of savage life, the lower stage of creation, he cannot make the effort any more.
– David Herbert Lawrence
Creation destroys as it goes, throws down one tree for the rise of another. But ideal mankind would abolish death, multiply itself million upon million, rear up city upon city, save every parasite alive, until the accumulation of mere existence is swollen to a horror.
– David Herbert Lawrence
Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion.
– David Herbert Lawrence
Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can't invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.
– David Herbert Lawrence
Do not allow to slip away from you freedoms the people who came before you won with such hard knocks.
– David Herbert Lawrence
Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar.
– David Herbert Lawrence
Every civilization when it loses its inner vision and its cleaner energy, falls into a new sort of sordidness, more vast and more stupendous than the old savage sort. An Augean stable of metallic filth.
– David Herbert Lawrence
For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.
– David Herbert Lawrence
God how I hate new countries: They are older than the old, more sophisticated, much more conceited, only young in a certain puerile vanity more like senility than anything.
– David Herbert Lawrence
God is only a great imaginative experience.
– David Herbert Lawrence
I am in love - and, my God, it's the greatest thing that can happen to a man. I tell you, find a woman you can fall in love with. Do it. Let yourself fall in love, if you haven't done so already. You are wasting your life.
– David Herbert Lawrence
I believe that a man is converted when first he hears the low, vast murmur of life, of human life, troubling his hitherto unconscious self.
– David Herbert Lawrence
I can never decide whether my dreams are the result of my thoughts, or my thoughts the result of my dreams.
– David Herbert Lawrence
I can't bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd.
– David Herbert Lawrence