It's unthinkable not to love — you'd have a severe nervous breakdown. Or you'd have to be Philip Larkin.
Interview in The Observer, 1990
Everyone loathes his own country and countrymen if he is any sort of artist.Lawrence Durrell
Brazil is bigger than Europe, wilder than Africa, and weirder than Baffin Land.Lawrence Durrell
It's only with great vulgarity that you can achieve real refinement, only out of bawdry that you can get tenderness.Lawrence Durrell
I'm trying to die correctly, but it's very difficult, you know.Lawrence Durrell
Old age is an insult. It's like being smacked.Lawrence Durrell
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.Lawrence Durrell