Quote from D.H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence (from Wikipedia)

D. H. Lawrence (from Wikipedia)

“I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade.
It’s amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.”
D.H. Lawrence

It is hard to imagine the author of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” cutting up oranges or scrubbing a floor, but I do agree that getting busy at something – any mindless task – gets the mind off of one’s troubles.

What do you do when you get the blues?  

18 thoughts on “Quote from D.H. Lawrence

  1. Yes, I can’t imagine him scrubbing floors! It’s predictable, I guess, for us to form images in our heads of authors. Images that are totally separated from reality. Now that I am old and know that “It is what it is.”, I don’t get the blues. I never got anything in a fashion that was not of epic proportions! 🙂 I like this post, Jo Nell.


    • I agree that at our age, it is what it is! And as I have grown older I worry less and like where I am. And we have our blogs to keep us busy. Thanks for the visit. Try to stay cool.


    • Those are all productive activities, Tin Man! I tend to clean something – anything mindless. I love marmalade but would never attempt to make it. You must tell us more of your painting some day.


  2. I would imagine the strong citrus smell helped as well. They say it helps relieve stress.
    When I lived in a house with hard wood floors (many many moons ago in California) I used to like to mop. I would mop a room, then take an old towel and “skate” my way across the floor with the towel wrapped around my feet to dry it. I used to love looking back on the bright shiny floor and breathing in the clean lemony smell. I don’t have much to mop any more and vacuuming just isn’t the same thing. 🙂


    • Yes, a fresh citrus smell would help relieve stress. I tend to clean – anything – to get my mind off troubles. And I agree that vacuuming is not the same as moping. Today I have tile floors and sometimes use an old towel to dry the floor with a foot. lol!


  3. I go to my computer, there’s always something of interest and quite often funny. Either Lawrence was a bit strange or I am because having to make marmalade or scrubbing the floors would give me the blues not take them away!


  4. I’ve seen the movie “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”, when I was a teenager. I did not read the book. I see old films of high quality, such as ‘Gone With The Wind’, Clark Gable, as a teenager as well. At that time, teens my age, prefer to watch movies newer, for example, starring: Timothy Dalton, Al Pacino etc. I also watched the films.

    What I want to say is: what we read, what we see, and to whom we studied, would be devastating to our personality. Thank you.


    • I never saw the movie but read it way back. Today I seldom see a movie but do enjoy the old movies. I am glad you appreciate high quality movies. Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment as I truly appreciate your view!


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