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Henry Miller

Henry Miller

Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Until we accept the fact that life itself is founded in mystery, we shall learn nothing.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We live at the edge of the miraculous.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Instead of asking -- How much damage will the work in question bring about? why not ask -- How much good? How much joy?More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Until it is kindled by a spirit as flamingly alive as the one which gave it birth a book is dead to us. Words divested of their magic are but dead hieroglyphs.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All my good reading, you might say, was done in the toilet. There are passages in Ulysses which can be read only in the toilet -- if one wants to extract the full flavor of their content.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men are not suffering from the lack of good literature, good art, good theatre, good music, but from that which has made it impossible for these to become manifest. In short, they are suffering from the silent shameful conspiracy (the more shameful since it is unacknowledged) which has bound them together as enemies of art and artists.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The study of crime begins with the knowledge of oneself. All that you despise, all that you loathe, all that you reject, all that you condemn and seek to convert by punishment springs from you.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The dreamer whose dreams are non-utilitarian has no place in this world. In this world the poet is anathema, the thinker a fool, the artist an escapist, the man of vision a criminal.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The life of a creator is not the only life nor perhaps the most interesting which a man leads. There is a time for play and a time for work, a time for creation and a time for lying fallow. And there is a time, glorious too in its own way, when one scarcely exists, when one is a complete void. I mean -- when boredom seems the very stuff of life.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Broadway, such as I see it now and have seen it for twenty-five years, is a ramp that was conceived by St. Thomas Aquinas while he was yet in the womb. It was meant originally to be used only by snakes and lizards, by the horned toad and the red heron, but when the great Spanish Armada was sunk the human kind wriggled out of the ketch and slopped over, creating by a sort of foul, ignominious squirm and wiggle the cunt-like cleft that runs from the Battery south to the golf links north through the dead and wormy center of Manhattan Island.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The city is loveliest when the sweet death racket begins. Her own life lived in defiance of nature, her electricity, her frigidaires, her soundproof walls, the glint of lacquered nails, the plumes that wave across the corrugated sky. Here in the coffin depths grow the everlasting flowers sent by telegraph.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Civilization is drugs, alcohol, engines of war, prostitution, machines and machine slaves, low wages, bad food, bad taste, prisons, reformatories, lunatic asylums, divorce, perversion, brutal sports, suicides, infanticide, cinema, quackery, demagogy, strikes, lockouts, revolutions, putsches, colonization, electric chairs, guillotines, sabotage, floods, famine, disease, gangsters, money barons, horse racing, fashion shows, poodle dogs, chow dogs, Siamese cats, condoms, peccaries, syphilis, gonorrhea, insanity, neuroses, etc., etc.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The world is the mirror of myself dying.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In the attempt to defeat death man has been inevitably obliged to defeat life, for the two are inextricably related. Life moves on to death, and to deny one is to deny the other.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Fame is an illusive thing -- here today, gone tomorrow. The fickle, shallow mob raises its heroes to the pinnacle of approval today and hurls them into oblivion tomorrow at the slightest whim; cheers today, hisses tomorrow; utter forgetfulness in a few months.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action, and it makes little difference whether they be forces for good or forces for evil.More Henry Miller [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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