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The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept. D. H. Lawrence

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I cannot cure myself of that most woeful of youth's follies -- thinking that those who care about us will care for the things that mean much to us. D. H. Lawrence

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The cruelest thing a man can do to a woman is to portray her as perfection. D. H. Lawrence

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The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can't wake up. D. H. Lawrence

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Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration. D. H. Lawrence

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If a woman hasn't got a tiny streak of a harlot in her, she's a dry stick as a rule. D. H. Lawrence

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My God, these folks don't know how to love -- that's why they love so easily. D. H. Lawrence

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A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it; and one's religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification. D. H. Lawrence

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Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot. D. H. Lawrence

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I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze. D. H. Lawrence

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Tragedy is like strong acid -- it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth. D. H. Lawrence

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And if tonight my soul may find her peace in sleep, and sink in good oblivion, and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created. D. H. Lawrence

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We only seem to learn from Life that Life doesn't matter so much as it seemed to do -- it's not so burningly important, after all, what happens. We crawl, like blinking sea-creatures, out of the Ocean onto a spur of rock, we creep over the promontory bewildered and dazzled and hurting ourselves, then we drop in the ocean on the other side: and the little transit doesn't matter so much. D. H. Lawrence

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There's always the hyena of morality at the garden gate, and the real wolf at the end of the street. D. H. Lawrence

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America is neither free nor brave, but a land of tight, iron-clanking little wills, everybody trying to put it over everybody else, and a land of men absolutely devoid of the real courage of trust, trust in life's sacred spontaneity. They can't trust life until they can control it. D. H. Lawrence

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Creation destroys as it goes, throws down one tree for the rise of another. But ideal mankind would abolish death, multiply itself million upon million, rear up city upon city, save every parasite alive, until the accumulation of mere existence is swollen to a horror. D. H. Lawrence

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Men are free when they are in a living homeland, not when they are straying and breaking away. Men are free when they are obeying some deep, inward voice of religious belief. Obeying from within. Men are free when they belong to a living, organic, believing community, active in fulfilling some unfulfilled, perhaps unrealized purpose. Not when they are escaping to some wild west. The most unfree souls go west, and shout of freedom. Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom. The shout is a rattling of chains, always was. D. H. Lawrence

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I shall always be a priest of love. D. H. Lawrence

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The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure. D. H. Lawrence

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I shall be glad when you have strangled the invincible respectability that dogs your steps. D. H. Lawrence

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I believe that a man is converted when first he hears the low, vast murmur of life, of human life, troubling his hitherto unconscious self. D. H. Lawrence

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My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true. The intellect is only a bit and a bridle. D. H. Lawrence

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It is all a question of sensitiveness. Brute force and overbearing may make a terrific effect. But in the end, that which lives by delicate sensitiveness. If it were a question of brute force, not a single human baby would survive for a fortnight. It is the grass of the field, most frail of all things, that supports all life all the time. But for the green grass, no empire would rise, no man would eat bread: for grain is grass; and Hercules or Napoleon or Henry Ford would alike be denied existence. D. H. Lawrence

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I am sure no other civilization, not even the Romans, has showed such a vast proportion of ignominious and degraded nudity, and ugly, squalid dirty sex. Because no other civilization has driven sex into the underworld, and nudity to the W.C. D. H. Lawrence

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This is the very worst wickedness, that we refuse to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. This makes us secret and rotten. D. H. Lawrence

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We have lost the art of living; and in the most important science of all, the science of daily life, the science of behavior, we are complete ignoramuses. We have psychology instead. D. H. Lawrence

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One sheds one's sicknesses in books -- repeats and presents again one's emotions, to be master of them. D. H. Lawrence

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The upshot was, my paintings must burn that English artists might finally learn. D. H. Lawrence

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Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts. D. H. Lawrence

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After all, the world is not a stage -- not to me: nor a theatre: nor a show-house of any sort. And art, especially novels, are not little theatres where the reader sits aloft and watches... and sighs, commiserates, condones and smiles. That's what you want a book to be: because it leaves you so safe and superior, with your two-dollar ticket to the show. And that's what my books are not and never will be. Whoever reads me will be in the thick of the scrimmage, and if he doesn't like it -- if he wants a safe seat in the audience -- let him read someone else. D. H. Lawrence

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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. Lawrence

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The moon is a white strange world, great, white, soft-seeming globe in the night sky, and what she actually communicates to me across space I shall never fully know. But the moon that pulls the tides, and the moon that controls the menstrual periods of women, and the moon that touches the lunatics, she is not the mere dead lump of the astronomist. When we describe the moon as dead, we are describing the deadness in ourselves. When we find space so hideously void, we are describing our own unbearable emptiness. D. H. Lawrence

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Life and love are life and love, a bunch of violets is a bunch of violets, and to drag in the idea of a point is to ruin everything. Live and let live, love and let love, flower and fade, and follow the natural curve, which flows on, pointless. D. H. Lawrence

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America does to me what I knew it would do: it just bumps me. The people charge at you like trucks coming down on you -- no awareness. But one tries to dodge aside in time. Bump! bump! go the trucks. And that is human contact. D. H. Lawrence

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That is your trick, your bit of filthy magic: invisibility, and the anaesthetic power to deaden my attention in your direction. D. H. Lawrence

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The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action, in man. D. H. Lawrence

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God is only a great imaginative experience. D. H. Lawrence

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Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar. D. H. Lawrence

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Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. D. H. Lawrence

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We need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac. The zodiac is well worth flirting with. D. H. Lawrence

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I cannot be a materialist -- but Oh, how is it possible that a God who speaks to all hearts can let Belgravia go laughing to a vicious luxury, and Whitechapel cursing to a filthy debauchery -- such suffering, such dreadful suffering -- and shall the short years of Christ's mission atone for it all? D. H. Lawrence

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One can no longer live with people: it is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease. D. H. Lawrence

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The chief thing about a woman -- who is much of a woman -- is that in the long run she is not to be had... She is not to be caught by any of the catch-words, love, beauty, honor, duty, worth, work, salvation -- none of them -- not in the long run. In the long run she only says Am I satisfied, or is there some beastly dissatisfaction gnawing and gnawing inside me. And if there is some dissatisfaction, it is physical, at least as much as psychic, sex as much as soul. D. H. Lawrence

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You'll never succeed in idealizing hard work. Before you can dig mother earth you've got to take off your ideal jacket. The harder a man works, at brute labor, the thinner becomes his idealism, the darker his mind. D. H. Lawrence

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It is so much more difficult to live with one's body than with one's soul. One's body is so much more exacting: what it won't have it won't have, and nothing can make bitter into sweet. D. H. Lawrence

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The source of all life and knowledge is in man and woman, and the source of all living is in the interchange and the meeting and mingling of these two: man-life and woman-life, man-knowledge and woman-knowledge, man-being and woman-being. D. H. Lawrence

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Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep. D. H. Lawrence

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But the effort, the effort! And as the marrow is eaten out of a man's bones and the soul out of his belly, contending with the strange rapacity of savage life, the lower stage of creation, he cannot make the effort any more. D. H. Lawrence

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You must drop all your democracy. You must not believe in the people. One class is no better than another. It must be a case of Wisdom, or Truth. Let the working classes be working classes. That is the truth. There must be an aristocracy of people who have wisdom, and there must be a Ruler: a Kaiser: no Presidents and democracies. D. H. Lawrence

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Comes over one an absolute necessity to move. And what is more, to move in some particular direction. A double necessity then: to get on the move, and to know whither. D. H. Lawrence