Quotation by D.H. Lawrence

We make a mistake forsaking England and moving out into the periphery of life. After all, Taormina, Ceylon, Africa, America—as far as we go, they are only the negation of what we ourselves stand for and are: and we're rather like Jonahs running away from the place we belong.
D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885–1930), British author. Letter, March 30, 1922, written in Ceylon. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 4, eds. James T. Boulton, E. Mansfield, and W. Roberts (1987).

See Bible: Hebrew, Jonah 1:1-3, in which Jonah is instructed by God to preach in Nineveh, but instead boards a ship bound for Tarshish.
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