portrait of D. H. Lawrence
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Quotes of the Day for 11 September 2004 – D. H. Lawrence

The prolific and scandalous novelist David Herbert Lawrence was born at Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England on this day in 1885. His writing challenged convention, dealing with sex openly and positively. His last novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover, was published in 1928 and was quickly banned both in the US and England until 1960. I've been meaning to read it for years, Larkin just bought a copy for me. Here are a few quotations from Lawrence, presumably none of them currently banned.

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The quotes:

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

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

The great virtue in life is real courage, that knows how to face facts and live beyond them.

We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive - and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.

When one jumps over the edge, one is bound to land somewhere.

And whatís romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything As You Like It, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose and itís always daisy-time.
     - All from David Herbert Lawrence, 1885 - 1930


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