Basic Hostility

“My father hated books, hated the sight of anyone reading or writing.

My mother hated the thought that any of her sons should be condemned to manual labor. Her sons must have something higher than that.

She won. But she died first.

He laughs longest who laughs last.

There is basic hostility in all of us between the physical and the mental, the blood and the spirit. The mind is ‘ashamed’ of the blood. And the blood is destroyed by the mind, actually.”

D. H. Lawrence

Studies in Classic American Literature


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