Quotation by D.H. Lawrence

I believe a man is born first unto himself—for the happy developing of himself, while the world is a nursery, and the pretty things are to be snatched for, and pleasant things tasted; some people seem to exist thus right to the end. But most are born again on entering manhood; then they are born to humanity, to a consciousness of all the laughing, and the never-ceasing murmur of pain and sorrow that comes from the terrible multitudes of brothers.
D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885–1930), British author. Letter, December 3, 1907. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 1, ed. James T. Boulton (1979).
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