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Lawrence Durrell
Born Lawrence George Durrell
(1912-02-27)27 February 1912
Jalandhar, Punjab, British India
Died 7 November 1990(1990-11-07) (aged 78)
Sommières, France
Occupation Biographer; poet; playwright; novelist
Nationality British
Period 1931–1990
Notable works The Alexandria Quartet
Spouses Nancy Isobel Myers
(1935–1947, divorced)
Eve “Yvette” Cohen
(1947–1955, divorced)
Claude-Marie Vincendon
(1961–1967, her death)
Ghislaine de Boysson
(1973–1979, divorced)
Relatives Lawrence Samuel Durrell (Father), Louisa Dixie Durrell (Mother), Gerald (brother), Margaret (sister), Leslie (brother)

Old age is an insult. It's like being smacked.
I'm trying to die correctly, but it's very difficult, you know.
A city becomes a world when one loves one of its inhabitants.
A woman's best love letters are always written to the man she is betraying.
Lawrence Durrell
Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
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
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.
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History is an endless repetition of the wrong way of living.
I imagine, therefore I belong and am free.
There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature.
Lawrence Durrell
Everyone loathes his own country and countrymen if he is any sort of artist.
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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.
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Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened.
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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.
Lawrence Durrell
We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it.
Lawrence Durrell
No one can go on being a rebel too long without turning into an autocrat.

Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.
Guilt always hurries towards its complement, punishment; only there does its satisfaction lie.
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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.
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The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.
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.
Lawrence Durrell
Music is only love looking for words.
Truth disappears with the telling of it.
Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.
It is not love that is blind, but jealousy.
Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.