Quotes by Lawrence Durrell

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Lawrence George Durrell (February 27, 1912 November 7, 1990) was a British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer, though he resisted affiliation with Britain and preferred to be considered cosmopolitan. He was born in India and, at the age of eleven, was sent to attend school in England a country in which he was never happy and which he left as soon as possible.

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Music is only love looking for words.

Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will --whatever we may think.
Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
A woman's best love letters are always written to the man she is betraying.
There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature.
The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.
Truth disappears with the telling of it.
It's unthinkable not to love --you'd have a severe nervous breakdown. Or you'd have to be Philip Larkin.
Everyone loathes his own country and countrymen if he is any sort of artist.
No one can go on being a rebel too long without turning into an autocrat.
Now stiff on a pillar with a phallic air nelson stylites in Trafalgar square reminds the British what once they were.
I'm trying to die correctly, but it's very difficult, you know.
The appalling thing is the degree of charity women are capable of. You see it all the time... love lavished on absolute fools. Love's a charity ward, you know.
For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential --the imagination.
Old age is an insult. It's like being smacked.
It's only with great vulgarity that you can achieve real refinement, only out of bawdy that you can get tenderness.