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David Herbert Lawrence quotes (109)

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.
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All that we know is nothing, we are merely crammed wastepaper baskets, unless we are in touch with that which laughs at all our knowing.
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All vital truth contains the memory of all that for which it is not true.
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Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts.
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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.
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But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.
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California is a queer place in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific. It is absolutely selfish, very empty, but not false, and at least, not full of false effort.
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Consciousness is an end in itself. We torture ourselves getting somewhere, and when we get there it is nowhere, for there is nowhere to get to.
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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.
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Death is the only pure, beautiful conclusion of a great passion.
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Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the creative flux. You can't invent a design. You recognize it, in the fourth dimension. That is, with your blood and your bones, as well as with your eyes.
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Do not allow to slip away from you freedoms the people who came before you won with such hard knocks.
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Don't be on the side of the angels, it's too lowering.
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Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar.
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Europe's the mayonnaise, but America supplies the good old lobster.
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For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.
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God doesn't know things. He is things.
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God how I hate new countries: They are older than the old, more sophisticated, much more conceited, only young in a certain puerile vanity more like senility than anything.
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God is only a great imaginative experience.
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Having achieved and accomplished love... man... has become himself, his tale is told.
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How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression.
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I am in love - and, my God, it is the greatest thing that can happen to a man. I tell you, find a woman you can fall in love with. Do it. Let yourself fall in love. If you have not done so already, you are wasting your life.
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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.
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I can never decide whether my dreams are the result of my thoughts, or my thoughts the result of my dreams.
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I can't bear art that you can walk round and admire. A book should be either a bandit or a rebel or a man in the crowd.
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I can't do with mountains at close quarters - they are always in the way, and they are so stupid, never moving and never doing anything but obtrude themselves.
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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.
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I hate the actor and audience business. An author should be in among the crowd, kicking their shins or cheering them on to some mischief or merriment.
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I hold that the parentheses are by far the most important parts of a non-business letter.
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I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze.
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I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.
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I shall always be a priest of love.
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I shall be glad when you have strangled the invincible respectability that dogs your steps.
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I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.
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If a woman hasn't got a tiny streak of harlot in her, she's a dry stick as a rule.
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In every living thing there is the desire for love.
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It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.
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It is quite true, as some poets said, that the God who created man must have had a sinister sense of humor, creating him a reasonable being, yet forcing him to take this ridiculous posture, and driving him with blind craving for this ridiculous performance.
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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.
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It's bad taste to be wise all the time, like being at a perpetual funeral.
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Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken.
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Life is ours to be spent, not to be saved.
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Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.
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Loud peace propaganda makes war seem imminent.
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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.
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Men always do leave off really thinking, when the last bit of wild animal dies in them.
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Men and women should stay apart, till their hearts grow gentle towards one another again.
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Men are freest when they are most unconscious of freedom. The shout is a rattling of chains, always was.
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Men! The only animal in the world to fear.
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Money is our madness, our vast collective madness.
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My God, these folks don't know how to love - that's why they love so easily.
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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.
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My whole working philosophy is that the only stable happiness for mankind is that it shall live married in blessed union to woman-kind - intimacy, physical and psychical between a man and his wife. I wish to add that my state of bliss is by no means perfect.
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Myth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience, of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul, for mental explanation or description.
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Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it.
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Nothing that comes from the deep, passional soul is bad, or can be bad.
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Oh literature, oh the glorious Art, how it preys upon the marrow in our bones. It scoops the stuffing out of us, and chucks us aside. Alas!
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Oh the innocent girl in her maiden teens knows perfectly well what everything means.
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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.
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One could laugh at the world better if it didn't mix tender kindliness with its brutality.
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One must learn to love, and go through a good deal of suffering to get to it... and the journey is always towards the other soul.
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One never can know the whys and the wherefores of one's passional changes.
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One sheds one's sicknesses in books - repeats and presents again one's emotions, to be master of them.
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Only in a novel are all things given full play.
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Ours is an excessively conscious age. We know so much, we feel so little.
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Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.
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People always make war when they say they love peace.
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Pornography is the attempt to insult sex, to do dirt on it.
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Psychoanalysis is out, under a therapeutic disguise, to do away entirely with the moral faculty in man.
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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.
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