Monday, December 19, 2011



D.H. Lawrence, Late Essays and Articles, ed. James T. Boulton (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), p. 291 (from "Nottingham and the Mining Countryside"):
The real tragedy of England, as I see it, is the tragedy of ugliness. The country is so lovely; the man-made England so vile.
Cf. the first sentence of Rousseau's Émile (tr. William H. Payne):
Everything is good as it comes the hands of the Author of Nature; but everything degenerates in the hands of men.

Tout est bien, sortant des mains de l'Auteur des choses; tout dégénere entre les mains de l'homme.

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