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Is it that the women are to blame; or is it the artificial system of things, under which the normal sex-impulses are turned into devilish domestic gins and springes to noose and hold back those who want to progress?

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He supposed he was not a sufficiently dignified person for suicide.Peaceful death abhorred him as a subject and would not take him.

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The purpose of a chronicler of moods and deeds does not require him to express his personal views upon the grave controversy above given.

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With Sue as companion he could have renounced his ambitions with a smile. Without her it was inevitable that the reaction from the long strain to which he had subjected himself should affect him disastrously.

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People say I must be cold–natured—sexless—on account of it. But I won’t have it! Some of the most passionately erotic poets have been the most self–contained in their daily lives.

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The Fawleys were not made for wedlock: it never seemed to sit well upon us. There's sommat in our blood that won't take kindly to the notion of being bound to do what we do readily enough if not bound. ...

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No average man will molest a woman by day or night, at home or abroad, unless she invites him. Until she says by a look "Come on" he is always afraid to, and if you never say it, or look it, he never comes.

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The theologians,the apologists, and their kin the metaphysicians, the high-handedstatesmen, and others, no longer interest me. All that has been spoilt forme by the grind of stern reality!

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If he could only prevent himself growing up! He did not want to be a man.

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Biblioll College. Sir,—I have read your letter with interest; and, judging from your description of yourself as a working-man, I venture to think that you will have a much better chance of success in life by remaining in your own sphere and sticking to your trade than by adopting any other course. That, therefore, is what I advise you to do. Yours faithfully, T. Tetuphenay. To Mr. J. Fawley, Stone-mason.

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Well, because it is provokingly wrong. I am a sort of negation of it." "You are very philosophical. 'A negation' is profound talking.

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By every law of nature and sex a kiss was the only rejoinder that fitted the mood and the moment, under the suasion of which Sue’s undemonstrative regard of him might not inconceivably have changed its temperature.

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He might fast and pray during the whole interval, but the human was more powerful in him than the Divine.

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Oh, my poor friend and comrade, you'll suffer yet!

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Well -- I'm an outsider to the end of my days!

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To indulge one's instinctive and uncontrolled sense of justice and right, was not, he had found, permitted with impunity in an old civilization like ours. It was necessary to act under an acquired and cultivated sense of the same, if you wished to enjoy an average share of comfort and honour; and to let crude loving kindness take care of itself.

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