Quotation by D.H. Lawrence

After all, the world is not a stage not to me: nor a theatre: nor a show-house of any sort. And art, especially novels, are not little theatres where the reader sits aloft and watches ... and sighs, commiserates, condones and smiles.—That's what you want a book to be: because it leaves you so safe and superior, with your two-dollar ticket to the show. And that's what my books are not and never will be.... Whoever reads me will be in the thick of the scrimmage, and if he doesn't like it if he wants a safe seat in the audience—let him read someone else.
D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885–1930), British author. letter, Jan. 22, 1925. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 5, ed. James T. Boulton (1987).
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