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'Lady Chatterley's Lover' Quotes


Lady Chatterley's Lover was first published in 1928, but the place of publication was Italy. The controversial book was banned from publication in the UK until 1960 because of its sexually explicit content. Impotence, adultery, and physical relationships (with descriptions)--the novel contained all the stuff that famously banned books are so often controversial for. Here are a few quotes from the novel.
  • "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, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Ch. 1

  • "And however one might sentimentalize it; this business was one of the most ancient, sordid connections and subjections. Poets who glorified it were mostly men. Women had always known there was something better, something higher. And now they knew it more definitely than ever. The beautiful, pure freedom of a woman was infinitely more wonderful than any sexual love. The only unfortunate thing was that men lagged so far behind women in the matter. They insisted on sex like dogs. And a woman had to yield. A man was like a child with his appetites. A woman had to yield him what he wanted, or like a child he would probably turn nasty and flounce away and spoil what was a very pleasant connection. But a woman could yield to a man without yielding her inner, free self. That the poets and talkers about sex did not seem to have taken sufficiently into account. A woman could take a man without really giving herself away."
    - D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Ch. 1

  • "It was the last bit of passion left in these men: the passion for making a display. Sexually they were passionless, even dead."
    - D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Ch. 5

  • "All the great words, it seemed to Connie were cancelled, for her generation: love, joy, happiness, home, mother, father, husband, all these great, dynamic words were half dead now and dying from day to day. Home was a place you lived in, love was a thing you didn't fool yourself about joy was a word you applied to a good Charleston, happiness was a term of hypocrisy used to bluff other people, a father was an individual who enjoyed his own existence, a husband was a man you lived with and kept joking in spirits. As for sex, the last of the real words, it was just a cocktail term for an excitement that bucked you up for a while, then left you more raggy that ever. Frayed! It was as if the very material you were, made of was cheap stuff, and was fraying to nothing."
    - D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Ch. 6

  • "For even satire is a form of sympathy. It's the way our sympathy flows and recoils that really determines our lives. And here lies the vast importance of the novel, properly handled. It can inform and lead into new places the flow of our sympathetic conscious, and it can lead our sympathy away in recoil from things gone dead. Therefore, the novel, properly handled, can reveal the most secret places of life; for it is in the passional secret places of life above all, that the tide of sensitive awareness needs to ebb and flow, cleansing and freshening."
    - D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Ch. 9

  • "And don't fall into errors: in your sense of the word, they are not men. They are animals you don't understand, and never could. Don't thrust your illusions on other people. The masses were always the same, and will always be the same. Nero's mine slaves and his field slaves. It is the masses: they are unchangeable. An individual may emerge from the masses. But the emergence doesn't alter the mass. The masses are unalterable. It is one of the most momentous facts of social science. Panem et circences! Only today education is one of the bad substitutes for a circus. What is wrong today, is that we've made a profound hash of the circuses part of the programme and poisoned our masses with a little education."
    - D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Ch. 13

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