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  • 61.
    No man is a man unless to his woman he is a pioneer.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1922). Fantasia of the Unconscious, ch. 15, Viking Compass (1960).

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  • 62.
    We must know, if only in order to learn not to know. The supreme lesson of human consciousness is to learn how not to know. That is, how not to interfere.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by T. Seltzer (1922). Fantasia of the Unconscious, ch. 6, Viking Compass (1960).
  • 63.
    You have to have something vicious in you to be a creative writer ... something old-adamish, incompatible to the "ordinary world."
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Review of The Peep Show, by Walter Wilkinson, Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence, p. 373, Viking Press (1936).

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  • 64.
    Why, why, why was I born an Englishman!—my cursed, rotten- boned, pappy-hearted countrymen, why was I sent to them?
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Letter, July 3, 1912, to writer and critic Edward Garnett. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 1, ed. James T. Boulton (1979).
  • 65.
    A man must keep his earnestness nimble, to escape ridicule.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Review of Hadrian the Seventh, by Baron Corvo in, Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence, p. 327, Viking Press (1936).
  • 66.
    I want the wonder back again, or I shall die.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by M. Secker (1925). St. Mawr, p. 50, Vintage Books (1959). "I" is Lou Witt.
  • 67.
    Satire exists for the purpose of killing the social being [for the sake of] the true individual, the real human being.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. "John Galsworthy," Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence, p. 543, Viking Press (1936).
  • 68.
    I hate England and its hopelessness. I hate [Arnold] Bennett's resignation. Tragedy ought really to be a great big kick at misery.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. The Letters of D. H. Lawrence, p. 64, letter, Oct. 6, 1912, to Edward Garnett, Heinemann (1932).

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  • 69.
    I shall always be a priest of love.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Dec. 25, 1912. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 1, ed. James T. Boulton (1979).

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  • 70.
    Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.
    D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Letter, September 25, 1911. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 1, ed. James T. Boulton (1979).
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