Quotes by Henry Miller

Henry Miller

Henry Miller

American writer

Lived from: 1891 - 1980

Category: Writers (Contemporary) Country: FlagUnited States

Born: 26 december 1891 Died: 7 june 1980

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  • Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.
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  • A book is a part of life, a manifestation of life, just as much as a tree or a horse or a star. It obeys its own rhythms, its own laws, whether it be a novel, a play, or a diary. The deep, hidden rhythm of life is always there - that of the pulse, the heart beat.
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  • Actors die so loud.
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  • After all, most writing is done away from the typewriter, away from the desk. I'd say it occurs in the quiet, silent moments, while you're walking or shaving or playing a game, or whatever, or even talking to someone you're not vitally interested in.
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  • All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
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  • 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.
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  • Analysis brings no curative powers in its train; it merely makes us conscious of the existence of an evil, which, oddly enough, is consciousness.
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  • And what is the potential man, after all? Is he not the sum of all that is human? Divine, in other words?
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  • Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.
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  • Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself.
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  • Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.
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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 yet understood.
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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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  • Every genuine boy is a rebel and an anarch. If he were allowed to develop according to his own instincts, his own inclinations, society would undergo such a radical transformation as to make the adult revolutionary cower and cringe.
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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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  • Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
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