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Wikipedia Summary for D. H. Lawrence

David Herbert Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English writer and poet. His collected works represent, among other things, an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. Lawrence's writing explores issues such as sexuality, emotional health, vitality, spontaneity, and instinct. His works include Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, Women in Love, and Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile he called his "savage pilgrimage". At the time of his death, his public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents. E. M. Forster, in an obituary notice, challenged this widely held view, describing him as "the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation." Later, the literary critic F. R. Leavis championed both his artistic integrity and his moral seriousness.

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

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So slowly the hot elephant hearts grow full of desire, and the great beasts mate in secret at last, hiding their fire.

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The elephant, the huge old beast, is slow to mate.

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And enormous mother whales lie dreaming suckling their whale-tender young and dreaming with strange whale eyes wide open in the waters of the beginning and the end.

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Men can such the heady juice of exalted self-importance from the bitter weed of failure -- failures are usually the most conceited of men.

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If there's got to be a future for humanity, there'll have to be a very big change from what now is.

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Nowhere's far enough away to get away.

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The world is supposed to be full of possibilities, but they narrow down to pretty few in most personal experience.

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Pornography is the attempt to insult sex, to do dirt on it.

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Don't be on the side of the angels, it's too lowering.

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

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

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You've got to know yourself so you can at last be yourself.

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He always ran away from the battle with himself. Even in his own heart's privacy, he excused himself, saying, If she hadn't said so-and-so, it would never have happened.

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The flood subsides, and the body, like a worn sea-shell
emerges strange and lovely.

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Those that go searching for love, only manifest their own loveless ness. And the loveless never find love, only the loving find love. And they never have to seek for it.

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

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All vital truth contains the memory of all that for which it is not true.

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You don't learn algebra with your blessed soul. Can't you look at it with your clear simple wits?

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Whether I get on in the world is a question; but I certainly don't get on very well with the world.

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Having achieved and accomplished love, then the man passes into the unknown. He has become himself, his tale is told.

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The Italians are not passionate: passion has deep reserves. They are easily moved, and often affectionate, but they rarely have any abiding passion of any sort.

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We are so conceited and so unproud.

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Don't be sucked in by the su-superior, don't swallow the culture bait, don't drink, don't drink and get beerier and beerier, do learn to discriminate.

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Love is never a fulfillment. Life is never a thing of continuous bliss. There is no paradise. Fight and laugh and feel bitter and feel bliss: and fight again. Fight, fight. That is life.

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Try to find your deepest issue in every confusion, and abide by that.

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Once you abstract from this, once you generalize and postulate Universals, you have departed from the creative reality, and entered the realm of static fixity, mechanism, materialism.

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I cannot get any sense of an enemy -- only of a disaster.

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The living self has one purpose only: to come into its own fullness of being, as a tree comes into full blossom, or a bird into spring beauty, or a tiger into lustre.

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The nearer a conception comes towards finality, the nearer does the dynamic relation, out of which this concept has arisen, draw to a close. To know is to lose.

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I will wait and watch till the day of David at last shall be finished, and wisdom no more fox-faced, and the blood gets back its flame.

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Love is the hastening gravitation of spirit towards spirit, and body towards body, in the joy of creation.

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The English people on the whole are surely the nicest people in the world, and everybody makes everything so easy for everyone else, that there is almost nothing to resist at all.

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Any inhibition must be wrong, since inevitably in the end it causes neurosis and insanity.

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I never know when I sit down, just what I am going to write. I make no plan; it just comes, and I don't know where it comes from.

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To the Puritan all things are impure, as somebody says.

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When I went to the scientific doctor
I realised what a lust there was in him to wreak his so-called science on me
and reduce me to the level of a thing.
So I said: Good-morning! and left him.

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I think societal instinct much deeper than sex instinct -- and societal repression much more devastating.

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Gods die with men who have conceived them. But the god-stuff roars eternally, like the sea, with too vast a sound to be heard.

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The near touch of death may be a release into life; if only it will break the egoistic will, and release that other flow.

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The world is a raving idiot, and no man can kill it: though I'll do my best. But you're right. We must rescue ourselves as best we can.

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The glamour
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
Down in the flood of remembrance.

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If we lose our sanity ... We can but howl the lugubrious howl of idiots, the howl of the utterly lost howling their nowhereness.

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Isn't it god's own image? tramping his thirty miles a day
after partridges, or a little rubber ball?
wouldn't you like to be like that, well off, and quite the thing?

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She let him come further, his lips came and surging, surging, soft, oh soft, yet on, like the powerful surge of water, irresistible, till with a little blind cry, she broke away.

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The profoundest of all sensualities is the sense of truth and the next deepest sensual experience is the sense of justice.

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Europe's the mayonnaise all right, but America supplies the good old lobster.

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It is not woman who claims the highest in man. It is a man's own religious soul that drives him on beyond women, to his supreme activity. For his highest, man is responsible to God alone.

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The Sphinx-riddle. Solve it, or be torn to bits, is the decree.

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You live by what you thrill to, and there's the end of it.

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We don't exist unless we are deeply and sensually in touch with that which can be touched but not known.

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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.

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I prefer unlucky things. Luck is vulgar. Who wants what luck would bring? I don't.

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For how can a man stand, unless he have something sure under his feet. Can a man tread the unstable water all his life, and call that standing? Better give in and drown at once.

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The world is wonderful and beautiful and good beyond one's wildest imagination.

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The true unconscious is the well-head, the fountain of real motivity. The sex of which Adam and Eve became conscious derived fromthe very God who bade them be not conscious of it.

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You're spending your life without renewing it. You've got to be amused, properly healthily amused. You're spending your vitality without making any. Can't go on you know. Depression! Avoid depression!

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When passion is dead, or absent, then the magnificent throb of beauty is incomprehensible and even a little despicable.

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My wife has a beastly habit of comparing poetry -- all literature in fact -- to the droppings of the goats among the rocks -- mere excreta that fertilises the ground it falls on.

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Sex and a cocktail: they both lasted about as long, had the same effect, and amounted to about the same thing.

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Anatomy presupposes a corpse; psychology presupposes a world of corpses.

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There are three cures for ennui: sleep, drink and travel.

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In America the cohesion was a matter of choice and will. But in Europe it was organic.

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Yea, Paris is a festive ton -- a festive Ton for all! Skate o'er on joy -- Thin crust of gilded, polished joy! What matters it if Hell's beneath?

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Whatever life may be, and whatever horror men have made of it, the world is a lovely place, a magic place, something to marvel over. The world is an amazing place.

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A museum is not a first-hand contact: it is an illustrated lecture. And what one wants is the actual vital touch.

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The word arse is as much god as the word face. It must be so, otherwise you cut off your god at the waist.

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Eat and carouse with Bacchus, or munch dry bread with Jesus, but don't sit down without one of the gods.

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I want the wonder back again, or I shall die.

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The novel is the one bright book of life. Books are not life. They are only tremulations on the ether. But the novel as a tremulation can make the whole man alive tremble.

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Never set a child afloat on the flat sea of life with only one sail to catch the wind.

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I wonder which was more frightened among old tribes -- those bursting out of their darkness of woods upon all the space of light, or those from the open tiptoeing into the forests.

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Necessary, forever necessary, to burn out false shames and smelt the heaviest ore of the body into purity.

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In the end, for congenial sympathy, for poetry, for work, for original feeling and expression, for perfect companionship with one's friends -- give me the country.

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Nothing but love has made the dog lose his wild freedom, to become the servant of man.

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Censors are dead men set up to judge between life and death. For no live, sunny man would be a censor, he'd just laugh.

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