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Quotations From D.H. (DAVID HERBERT) LAWRENCE

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  • 41.
    Be a good animal, true to your animal instincts.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. the woodkeeper Annable's motto, in The White Peacock, pt. 2, ch. 2 (1911).

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  • 42.
    Thought is a man in his wholeness wholly attending.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. "Thought," The Complete Poems, p. 673, Penguin Books (1984).
  • 43.
    Primarily I am a passionately religious man, and my novels must be written from the depth of my religious experience.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Letter, April 22, 1914, to writer and critic Edward Garnett. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 2, eds. George J. Zytaruk and James T. Boulton (1981).
  • 44.
    The true unconscious is the well-head, the fountain of real motivity. The sex of which Adam and Eve became conscious derived from the very God who bade them be not conscious of it.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1921). Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious, ch. 1, Viking Compass (1960).

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  • 45.
    The nice clean intimacy which we now so admire between the sexes is sterilizing. It makes neuters. Later on, no deep, magical sex-life is possible.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1922). Fantasia of the Unconscious, ch. 7, Viking Compass (1960).

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  • 46.
    The whole point about the true unconscious is that it is all the time moving forward, beyond the range of its own fixed laws or habits. It is no good trying to superimpose an ideal nature upon the unconscious.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1921). Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious, ch. 2, Viking Compass (1960).

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  • 47.
    Psychoanalysis is out, under a therapeutic disguise, to do away entirely with the moral faculty in man.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1921). Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious, ch. 1, Viking Compass (1960).
  • 48.
    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. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Nov. 18, 1914, to editor Harriet Monroe. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 2, eds. George J. Zytaruk and James T. Boulton (1981). Harriet Monroe had just published an issue of her magazine Poetry that featured war poems.

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  • 49.
    They say geniuses mostly have great mothers. They mostly have sad fates.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1922). Fantasia of the Unconscious, ch. 10, Viking Compass (1960).

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  • 50.
    Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art—or almost the only stuff.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Oct. 9, 1916. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 2, eds. George J. Zytaruk and James T. Boulton (1981). See Lawrence on censorship.

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