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  • 141.
    This is the very worst wickedness, that we refuse to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. This makes us secret and rotten.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Letter, April 8, 1915. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 2, eds. George J. Zytaruk and James T. Boulton (1981).

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  • 142.
    [Hawthorne''s] pious blame is a chuckle of praise all the while.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1923). "Nathaniel Hawthorne and 'The Scarlet Letter'," Studies in Classic American Literature, ch. 7, Doubleday (1959).
  • 143.
    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.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Jan. 22, 1925. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 5, ed. James T. Boulton (1987).

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  • 144.
    The mind is "ashamed" of the blood. And the blood is destroyed by the mind, actually. Hence palefaces.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1923). "Nathaniel Hawthorne and 'The Scarlet Letter'," Studies in Classic American Literature, ch. 7, Doubleday (1959).
  • 145.
    Europe is, perhaps, the least worn-out of the continents, because it is the most lived in. A place that is lived in lives.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. "Autobiographical Sketch," Assorted Articles, M. Secker (1930).
  • 146.
    Whether I get on in the world is a question; but I certainly don't get on very well with the world.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. "Autobiographical Sketch," Assorted Articles, M. Secker (1930).

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  • 147.
    I hold that the parentheses are by far the most important parts of a non-business letter.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Letter, April 15, 1908. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 1, ed. James T. Boulton (1979).
  • 148.
    The true artist doesn't substitute immorality for morality. On the contrary, he always substitutes a finer morality for a grosser one.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. "Art and Morality," Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence, p. 525, Viking Press (1936).
  • 149.
    This is the real creation: not the accident of childbirth, but the miracle of man-birth and woman-birth.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Not previously published. Mr. Noon, ch. 19, Cambridge University Press (1984). Gilbert Noon thinking.

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  • 150.
    Only the desert has a fascination—to ride alone—in the sun in the forever unpossessed country—away from man. That is a great temptation.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Sept. 29, 1922, written while in the United States. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 4, eds. James T. Boulton, E. Mansfield, and W. Roberts (1987).

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