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Top 500 Henry Miller Quotes (2023 Update)
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Henry Miller Quote: “I’m a bit retarded, like most Americans.”
Henry Miller Quote: “I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather as prematurely old, as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen.”
Henry Miller Quote: “He saw that science had become as great a hoax as religion, that nationalism was a farce, patriotism a fraud, education a form of leprosy, and that morals were for cannibals.”
Henry Miller Quote: “People used to envy me my inspiration. I hate inspiration. It takes you over completely. I could never wait until it passed and I got rid of it.”
Henry Miller Quote: “I’d rather sit down and write a letter than call someone up. I hate the telephone.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The full and joyful acceptance of the worst in oneself may be the only sure way of transforming it.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Jump off. You are a protected individual. Do not fear.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Each man has his own way of being himself and of saying it so ultimately that he can’t be denied.”
Henry Miller Quote: “What is an artist? He’s a man who has antennae, who knows how to hook up to the currents which are in atmosphere, in the cosmos.”
Henry Miller Quote: “We kill because we are afraid of our own shadow, afraid that if we used a little common sense we’d have to admit that our glorious principles were wrong.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The most wonderful opportunity which life offers is to be human.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Surely every one realizes, at some point along the way, that he is capable of living a far better life than the one he has chosen.”
Henry Miller Quote: “I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it. We must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and the soul.”
Henry Miller Quote: “For the artist to attach himself to his work, or identify himself with it, is suicidal.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Day by day. No yesterdays and no tomorrows. The barometer never changes, the flag is always at half-mast.”
Henry Miller Quote: “If one believes, then miracles occur.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Though I’ve known you a short time, I feel I know you intimately. Not your life but you, your emotions, your dreams, your aspirations.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Don’t look away. Look straight at everything. Look it all in the eye, good and bad.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Everyone has his own reality in which, if one is not too cautious, timid or frightened, one swims. This is the only reality there is.”
Henry Miller Quote: “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.”
Henry Miller Quote: “To be joyous is to be a madman in a world of sad ghosts.”
Henry Miller Quote: “I found that what I had desired all my life was not to live – if what others are doing is called living – but to express myself.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Do anything, but let it produce joy. Do anything, but let it yield ecstasy.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The loss of sex polarity is part and parcel of the larger disintegration, the reflex of the soul’s death, and coincident with the disappearance of great men, great deeds, great causes, great wars, etc.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. The other eight are unimportant.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything – except his own nature.”
Henry Miller Quote: “I want to undress you, vulgarize you a bit.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Everything was for tomorrow, but tomorrow never came. The present was only a bridge and on this bridge they are still groaning, as the world groans, and not one idiot ever thinks of blowing up the bridge.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang’s feeble imagination.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The purpose of life is to remember.”
Henry Miller Quote: “My understanding of the meaning of a book is that the book itself disappears from sight, that it is chewed alive, digested and incorporated into the system as flesh and blood which in turn creates new spirit and reshapes the world.”
Henry Miller Quote: “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.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The City of New York is like an enormous citadel, a modern Carcassonne. Walking between the magnificent skyscrapers one feels the presence on the fringe of a howling, raging mob, a mob with empty bellies, a mob unshaven and in rags.”
Henry Miller Quote: “I will never again go to people under false pretenses even if it is to give them the Holy Bible. I will never again sell anything, even if I have to starve. I am going home now and I will sit down and really write about people.”
Henry Miller Quote: “When you travel often, you will be addicted to it forever.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The man who is forever disturbed about the condition of humanity either has no problems of his own or has refused to face them.”
Henry Miller Quote: “It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The world dies over and over again, but the skeleton always gets up and walks.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The learning we received only tended to obscure our vision. From the day we went to school we learned nothing; on the contrary, we were made obtuse, we were wrapped in a fog of words and abstractions.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The only law which is really lived up to wholeheartedly and with a vengeance is the law of conformity.”
Henry Miller Quote: “For the moment I can think of nothing – except that I am a sentient being stabbed by the miracle of these waters that reflect a forgotten world.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Whatever I do is done out of sheer joy; I drop my fruits like a ripe tree. What the general reader or the critic makes of them is not my concern.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Until we accept the fact that life itself is founded in mystery, we shall learn nothing.”
Henry Miller Quote: “We must die as egos and be born again in the swarm, not separate and self-hypnotized, but individual and related.”
Henry Miller Quote: “If we have not found heaven within, it is a certainty we will not find it without.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The moment one is on the side of life; peace and security drop out of consciousness. The only peace, the only security, is in fulfillment.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Everything hinges on how you look at things.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The essential thing is to WANT to sing. This then is a song. I am singing.”
Henry Miller Quote: “When man becomes fully conscious of his powers, his role, his destiny, he is an artist and he ceases his struggle with reality.”
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