Cornwall is very primeval: great, black, jutting cliffs and rocks, like the original darkness, and a pale sea breaking in, like dawn. It is like the beginning of the world, wonderful…
- D.H. Lawrence, Letter, 1916
The golden and unpeopled bays
The shadowy cliffs and sheep-worn ways
The white unpopulated surf
The thyme-and-mushroom scented surf
The slate-hung farms, the oil-lit chapels
Thin elms and lemon-coloured apples…
- Sir John Betjeman, Delectable Duchy, 1974
From Padstow Point to Lundy Light
Is a watery grave by day and night.
- Cornish saying
Cornwall is not much to my taste, being as bleak as the bleakest parts of Scotland, and nothing like so pointed and characteristic.
- Robert Louis Stevenson, Letter, 1877
Cornwall, and the storm-tossed isle
Where to the sky the rude sea rarely smiles
Unless in treacherous wrath.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Letter, 1820
Nothing can be more desolate than the appearance of this province, where most part of the inhabitants live in the mines.
- Robert Southey, Letters from England, 1807