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Lawrence Durrell
January 27, 1912 - November 7, 1990
Nationality: British
Category: Writer
Subcategory: British Writer

Everyone loathes his own country and countrymen if he is any sort of artist.


Music is only love looking for words.


It takes a lot of energy and a lot of neurosis to write a novel. If you were really sensible, you'd do something else.


Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened.


Old age is an insult. It's like being smacked.


A city becomes a world when one loves one of it's inhabitants.


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.


Perhaps our only sickness is to desire a truth which we cannot bear rather than to rest content with the fictions we manufacture out of each other.


I had become, with the approach of night, once more aware of loneliness and time - those two companions without whom no journey can yield us anything.


Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.


No one can go on being a rebel too long without turning into an autocrat.


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.


The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.


I'm trying to die correctly, but it's very difficult, you know.


A woman's best love letters are always written to the man she is betraying.


Truth disappears with the telling of it.


History is an endless repetition of the wrong way of living.


We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it.


Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.


There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature.


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