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 :: 1885-1930, British Author

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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 - [Sensitivity]

 

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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 - [Sex]

 

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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 - [Sleep]

 

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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 - [Speech]

 

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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 - [Taste]

 

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Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.
~ D. H. Lawrence - [Tragedies]

 

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

 

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Behold then Septimus Dodge returning to Dodge-town victorious. Not crowned with laurel, it is true, but wreathed in lists of things he has seen and sucked dry. Seen and sucked dry, you know: Venus de Milo, the Rhine or the Coliseum: swallowed like so many clams, and left the shells.
~ D. H. Lawrence - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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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 - [Travel and Tourism]

 

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The war is dreadful. It is the business of the artist to follow it home to the heart of the individual fighters -- not to talk in armies and nations and numbers -- but to track it home.
~ D. H. Lawrence - [War]

 

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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 - [People, Other]

 

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Pornography is the attempt to insult sex, to do dirt on it.
~ D. H. Lawrence - [Pornography]

 

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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 - [Prostitution]

 

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Always this same morbid interest in other people and their doings, their privacies, their dirty linen, always this air of alertness for personal happenings, personalities, personalities, personalities. Always this subtle criticism and appraisal of other people, this analysis of other people's motives. If anatomy presupposes a corpse, then psychology presupposes a world of corpses. Personalities, which means personal criticism and analysis, presuppose a whole world laboratory of human psyches waiting to be vivisected. If you cut a thing up, of course it will smell. Hence, nothing raises such an infernal stink, at last, as human psychology.
~ D. H. Lawrence - [Psychology]

 

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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 - [Psychology]

 

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Reason is a supple nymph, and slippery as a fish by nature. She had as leave give her kiss to an absurdity any day, as to syllogistic truth. The absurdity may turn out truer.
~ D. H. Lawrence - [Reason]

 

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I want relations which are not purely personal, based on purely personal qualities; but relations based upon some unanimous accord in truth or belief, and a harmony of purpose, rather than of personality. I am weary of personality. Let us be easy and impersonal, not forever fingering over our own souls, and the souls of our acquaintances, but trying to create a new life, a new common life, a new complete tree of life from the roots that are within us.
~ D. H. Lawrence - [Relationships]

 

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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 - [Religion]

 

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I shall be glad when you have strangled the invincible respectability that dogs your steps.
~ D. H. Lawrence - [Respectability]

 

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And what's romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything As You Like It, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose and it's always daisy-time.
~ D. H. Lawrence - [Romance and Romanticism]

 

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