David Herbert Lawrence Quotes

The world fears a new experience more than it fears anything. Because a new experience displaces so many old experiences… the world doesn’t fear a new idea. It can pigeon hole any idea. But it can’t pigeon hole a real new experience.

I believe a man is born first unto himself – for the happy developing of himself, while the world is a nursery, and the pretty things are to be snatched for, and pleasant things tasted; people seem to exist thus right to the end. But most are born again on entering manhood; then they are […]

Beauty is a mystery. You can neither eat it nor make flannel out of it.

The business of art is to reveal the relation between man and his environment.

Art is a form of supremely delicate awareness, meaning at oneness, the state of being at one with the object. The picture must all come out of the artist’s inside. It is the image that lives in the consciousness, alive like a vision, but unknown.

The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic and a killer.

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.

The English kill off all their poets by the time they’re forty.