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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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We have to hate our immediate predecessors to get free of their authority.
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We make a mistake forsaking England and moving out into the periphery of life. After all, Taormina, ...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Comes over one an absolute necessity to move. And what is more, to move in some particular direction...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
After all, the world is not a stage -- not to me: nor a theatre: nor a show-house of any sort. And a...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
One sheds one's sicknesses in books -- repeats and presents again one's emotions, to be master of th...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
I believe that a man is converted when first he hears the low, vast murmur of life, of human life, t...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
I shall always be a priest of love.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
We only seem to learn from Life that Life doesn't matter so much as it seemed to do -- it's not so b...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
One can no longer live with people: it is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are lik...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
I can't do with mountains at close quarters -- they are always in the way, and they are so stupid, n...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
The source of all life and knowledge is in man and woman, and the source of all living is in the int...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
You must drop all your democracy. You must not believe in the people. One class is no better than an...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Towns oftener swamp one than carry one out onto the big ocean of life.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Every new stroke of civilization has cost the lives of countless brave men, who have fallen defeated...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
The upshot was, my paintings must burn that English artists might finally learn.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
America is neither free nor brave, but a land of tight, iron-clanking little wills, everybody trying...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
And what's romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything As You Like It, where rain...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
I love Italian opera -- it's so reckless. Damn Wagner, and his bellowings at Fate and death. Damn De...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
The moon is a white strange world, great, white, soft-seeming globe in the night sky, and what she a...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
I hold that the parentheses are by far the most important parts of a non-business letter.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Brute force crushes many plants. Yet the plants rise again. The Pyramids will not last a moment comp...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
I am sure no other civilization, not even the Romans, has showed such a vast proportion of ignominio...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Sex is the one thing you cannot really swindle; and it is the centre of the worst swindling of all, ...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
And if tonight my soul may find her peace
in sleep, and sink in good oblivion,
and in the morn...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Behold then Septimus Dodge returning to Dodge-town victorious. Not crowned with laurel, it is true, ...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
The chief thing about a woman -- who is much of a woman -- is that in the long run she is not to be ...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping ...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
I hate the actor and audience business. An author should be in among the crowd, kicking their shins ...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it ...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Creation destroys as it goes, throws down one tree for the rise of another. But ideal mankind would ...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
You'll never succeed in idealizing hard work. Before you can dig mother earth you've got to take off...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
The cruelest thing a man can do to a woman is to portray her as perfection.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
The great living experience for every man is his adventure into the woman. The man embraces in the w...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
It is all a question of sensitiveness. Brute force and overbearing may make a terrific effect. But i...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Only at his maximum does an individual surpass all his derivative elements, and become purely himsel...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
This is the very worst wickedness, that we refuse to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. ...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Literary criticism can be no more than a reasoned account of the feeling produced upon the critic by...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
You were a lord if you had a horse...
Far back, far back in our dark soul the horse prances. . . ...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Design in art, is a recognition of the relation between various things, various elements in the crea...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Try to find your deepest issue in every confusion, and abide by that.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
The peasants of Sicily, who have kept their own wheat and made their own bread, ah, it is amazing ho...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
The one woman who never gives herself is your free woman, who is always giving herself.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
The human consciousness is really homogeneous. There is no complete forgetting, even in death.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Ah, then, upon my bedroom I do draw
The blind to hide the garden, where the moon
Enjoys the o...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
The world is wonderful and beautiful and good beyond one's wildest imagination. Never, never, never ...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
My God, these folks don't know how to love -- that's why they love so easily.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
There's always the hyena of morality at the garden gate, and the real wolf at the end of the street.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Never trust the teller, trust the tale.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
But the effort, the effort! And as the marrow is eaten out of a man's bones and the soul out of his ...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts.
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself;
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Always this same morbid interest in other people and their doings, their privacies, their dirty line...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE
Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art -- or almost the only...
D. H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE