David Herbert Lawrence Quotes on art

The essential function of art is moral. But a passionate, implicit morality, not didactic. A morality which changes the blood, rather than the mind... view

By: 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... view

By: David Herbert Lawrence

Men and women should stay apart, till their hearts grow gentle towards one another again... view

By: 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... view

By: David Herbert Lawrence

I can't do with mountains at close quarters - they are always in the way, and they are so stupid, never moving and never doing anything but obtrude themselves... view

By: David Herbert Lawrence

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

By: David Herbert Lawrence

It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing... view

By: David Herbert Lawrence

The war is dreadful. It is the business of the artist to follow it home to the heart of the individual fighters - not to talk in armies and nations and numbers - but to track it home... view

By: David Herbert Lawrence

Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it... view

By: David Herbert Lawrence

The true artist doesn't substitute immorality for morality. On the contrary, he always substitutes a finer morality for a grosser one... view

By: David Herbert Lawrence

The Moon! Artemis! the great goddess of the splendid past of men! Are you going to tell me she is a dead lump?.. view

By: David Herbert Lawrence

Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside. Alas!.. view

By: David Herbert Lawrence

The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure... view

By: David Herbert Lawrence

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

By: David Herbert Lawrence

Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art - or almost the only stuff... view

By: David Herbert Lawrence