30+ quotes from Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Quotes from Lady Chatterley's Lover

D.H. Lawrence ·  376 pages

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“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“We've got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“Perhaps only people who are capable of real togetherness have that look of being alone in the universe. The others have a certain stickiness, they stick to the mass.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“It's no good trying to get rid of your own aloneness. You've got to stick to it all your life. Only at times, at times, the gap will be filled in. At times! But you have to wait for the times. Accept your own aloneness and stick to it, all your life. And then accept the times when the gap is filled in, when they come. But they've got to come. You can't force them.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“She was always waiting, it seemed to be her forte.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is now no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles. We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“But that is how men are! Ungrateful and never satisfied. When you don't have them they hate you because you won't; and when you do have them they hate you again, for some other reason. Or for no reason at all, except that they are discontented children, and can't be satisfied whatever they get, let a woman do what she may.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“We fucked a flame into being.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“There's lots of good fish in the sea...maybe...but the vast masses seem to be mackerel or herring, and if you're not mackerel or herring yourself, you are likely to find very few good fish in the sea.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“A little morphine in all the air. It would be wonderfully refreshing for everyone.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“Obscenity only comes in when the mind despises and fears the body, and the body hates and resists the mind.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“All hopes of eternity and all gain from the past he would have given to have her there, to be wrapped warm with him in one blanket, and sleep, only sleep. It seemed the sleep with the woman in his arms was the only necessity.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“His body was urgent against her, and she didn't have the heart anymore to fight...She saw his eyes, tense and brilliant, fierce, not loving. But her will had left her. A strange weight was on her limbs. She was giving way. She was giving up...she had to lie down there under the boughs of the tree, like an animal, while he waited, standing there in his shirt and breeches, watching her with haunted eyes...He too had bared the front part of his body and she felt his naked flesh against her as he came into her. For a moment he was still inside her, turgid there and quivering. Then as he began to move, in the sudden helpless orgasm, there awoke in her new strange thrills rippling inside her. Rippling, rippling, rippling, like a flapping overlapping of soft flames, soft as feathers, running to points of brilliance, exquisite and melting her all molten inside. It was like bells rippling up and up to a culmination. She lay unconscious of the wild little cries she uttered at the last. But it was over too soon, too soon, and she could no longer force her own conclusion with her own activity. This was different, different. She could do nothing. She could no longer harden and grip for her own satisfaction upon him. She could only wait, wait and moan in spirit and she felt him withdrawing, withdrawing and contracting, coming to the terrible moment when he would slip out of her and be gone. Whilst all her womb was open and soft, and softly clamouring, like a sea anenome under the tide, clamouring for him to come in again and make fulfillment for her. She clung to him unconscious in passion, and he never quite slipped from her, and she felt the soft bud of him within her stirring, and strange rhythms flushing up into her with a strange rhythmic growing motion, swelling and swelling til it filled all her cleaving consciousness, and then began again the unspeakable motion that was not really motion, but pure deepening whirlpools of sensation swirling deeper and deeper through all her tissue and consciousness, til she was one perfect concentric fluid of feeling, and she lay there crying in unconscious inarticulate cries.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“And that is how we are. By strength of will we cut off our inner intuitive knowledge from admitted consciousness. This causes a state of dread, or apprehension, which makes the blow ten times worse when it does fall.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“Never was an age more sentimental, more devoid of real feeling, more exaggerated in false feeling, than our own.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“What the eye doesn't see and the mind doesn't know, doesn't exist.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“Vitally, the human race is dying. It is like a great uprooted tree, with its roots in the air. We must plant ourselves again in the universe.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“The world is supposed to be full of possibilities, but they narrow down to pretty few in most personal experience. There's lots of good fish in the sea... maybe... but the vast masses seem to be mackerel or herring, and if you're not mackerel or herring yourself, you are likely to find very few good fish in the sea.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“Sex and a cocktail: they both lasted about as long, had the same effect, and amounted to the same thing.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“She herself had never been able to be altogether herself: it had been denied her.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“In the short summer night she learned so much. She would have thought a woman would have died of shame... She felt, now, she had come to the real bedrock of her nature, and was essentially shameless. She was her sensual self, naked an unashamed. She felt a triumph, almost a vainglory. So! That was how it was! That was life! That was how onself really was! There was nothing left to disguise or be ashamed of. She shared her ultimate nakedness with a man, another being.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“So as long as you can forget your body you are happy and the moment you begin to be aware of your body, you are wretched. So if civilization is any good, it has to help us forget our bodies, and then time passes happily without our knowing it. Help us get rid of our bodies altogether.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“It's terrible, once you've got a man into your blood!" she said.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“How ravished one could be without ever being touched. Ravished by dead words become obscene and dead ideas become obsessions.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“If you could only tell them that living and spending isn't the same thing! But it's no good. If only they were educated to live instead of earn and spend, they could manage very happily...”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“Me? Oh, intellectually I believe in having a good heart, a chirpy penis, a lively intelligence, and the courage to say ‘shit!’ in front of a lady.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“You're spending your life without renewing it. You've got to be amused, properly healthily amused. You're spending your vitality without making any. Can't go on you know. Depression! Avoid depression!”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“They lived freely among the students, they argued with the men over philosophical, sociological and artistic matters, they were just as good as the men themselves: only better, since they were women.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“The world is a raving idiot, and no man can kill it: though I’ll do my best. But you’re right. We must rescue ourselves as best we can.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


“I only want one thing of men, and that is, that they should leave me alone.”
― D.H. Lawrence, quote from Lady Chatterley's Lover


About the author

D.H. Lawrence
Born place: in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England
Born date September 11, 1885
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