Henry Miller Quotes

Henry Miller

US author (1891 - 1980)

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The new always carries with it the sense of violation, of sacrilege. What is dead is sacred; what is new, that is, different, is evil, dangerous, or subversive.

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In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase the horizon of ignorance.

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When shit becomes valuable, the poor will be born without assholes.

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Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.

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A man with his belly full of the classics is an enemy of the human race.

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When one is trying to do something beyond his known powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends. Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.

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Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.

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Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.

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There is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy.

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Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.

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To live without killing is a thought which could electrify the world, if men were only capable of staying awake long enough to let the idea soak in.

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In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.

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I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.

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Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.

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All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.

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What does it matter how one comes by the truth so long as one pounces upon it and lives by it?

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Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack.

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The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

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We must not just be in the world and above the world, but also of the world. To love it for what it is... is the only task. Avoid it and you are lost. Loose yourself in it, and you are free.

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I have no money, no resources, and no hope. I am the happiest man alive.

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When one is trying to do something beyond his known powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends. Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.

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To be silent the whole day long, see no newspaper, hear no radio, listen to no gossip, be thoroughly and completely lazy, thoroughly and completely indifferent to the fate of the world is the finest medicine a man can give himself.

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Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.

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Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.

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Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to enduring fact of mystery.

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