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Henry Miller Quote: “The world itself is pregnant with failure, is the perfect manifestation of imperfection, of the consciousness of failure.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The world is two thirds spaghetti and meatballs, one third syphilitic chancre.”
Henry Miller Quote: “I see America spreading disaster. I see America as a black curse upon the world. I see a long night settling in and that mushroom which has poisoned the world withering at the roots.”
Henry Miller Quote: “It was only in my forties that I started feeling young.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Through endless night the earth whirls toward a creation unknown...”
Henry Miller Quote: “The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.”
Henry Miller Quote: “I am so thoroughly healthy and empty. No dreams, no desires. I am like the luscious deceptive fruit which hangs on the Californian trees. One more ray of sun and I will be rotten.”
Henry Miller Quote: “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.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Somewhere along the way one discovers that what one has to tell is not nearly so important as the telling itself.”
Henry Miller Quote: “You start with the sublime and end up in an alley jerking away for dear life.”
Henry Miller Quote: “I felt free and chained at the same time – like one feels just before election, when all the crooks have been nominated and you are beseeched to vote for the right man.”
Henry Miller Quote: “New York has a trip-hammer vitality which drives you insane with restlessness if you have no inner stabilizer.”
Henry Miller Quote: “I am of the order whose purpose is not to teach the world a lesson but to explain that school is over.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The most difficult thing to adjust to, apparently, is peace and contentment.”
Henry Miller Quote: “And the books you write. They’re not you. They’re not me sitting here, this Henry Miller. They belong to someone else. It’s terrible. You can never rest.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face. Thousands and thousands of us, and we’re passing one another without a look of recognition.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Plots and character don’t make life. Life is here and now, anytime you say the word, anytime you let her rip.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Life’s wildest moment – she kneels on the sidewalk. Everything else she does is lies, lies.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Paint what you like and die happy.”
Henry Miller Quote: “I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The only difference between the Adamic man and the man of today is that the one was born to Paradise and the other has to create it.”
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.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Nothing that had happened to me thus far had been sufficient to destroy me; nothing had been destroyed except my illusions. I myself was intact. The world was intact.”
Henry Miller Quote: “For her were meant those terrible words of Louis-Philippe, “and a night comes when all is over, when so many jaws have closed upon us that we no longer have the strength to stand, and our meat hangs upon our bodies, as though it had been masticated by every mouth.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Man torturing man is a fiend beyond description. You turn a corner in the dark and there he is. You congeal into a bundle of inanimate fear. You become the very soul of anesthesia. But there is no escaping him. It is your turn now...”
Henry Miller Quote: “Twilight hour. Indian blue, water of glass, trees glistening and liquescent.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The sordid qualities imputed to the enemy are always those which we recognize as our own and therefore rise to slay, because only through projection do we realize the enormity and horror of them.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The legal system is often a mystery, and we, its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday citizens.”
Henry Miller Quote: “One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.”
Henry Miller Quote: “America is no place for an artist: to be an artist is to be a moral leper, an economic misfit, a social liability. A corn-fed hog enjoys a better life than a creative writer, painter or musician. To be a rabbit is better still.”
Henry Miller Quote: “How different the new order would be if we could consult the veteran instead of the politician.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The man who is intoxicated with life does not pass judgment, does not seek to come to a conclusion, does not impose his message on the world.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The cradles of civilization are the putrid sinks of the world.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Voyages are accomplished inwardly.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Understanding is not a piercing of the mystery, but an acceptance of it, a living blissfully with it, in it, through and by it.”
Henry Miller Quote: “What have we to offer the world beside the superabundant loot which we recklessly plunder from the earth under the maniacal delusion that this insane activity represents progress and enlightenment?”
Henry Miller Quote: “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.”
Henry Miller Quote: “The smile was so painfully swift and fleeting that it was like the flash of a knife.”
Henry Miller Quote: “I wanted to die; I wanted to surrender because I saw no sense in struggling. I felt that nothing would be proved, substantiated, added or subtracted by continuing an existence which I had not asked for.”
Henry Miller Quote: “It is no accident that propels people like us to Paris.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Everything is endured – disgrace, humiliation, poverty, war, crime, ennui – in the belief that overnight something will occur, a miracle, which will render life tolerable.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.”
Henry Miller Quote: “I had to learn, as I soon did, that one must give up everything and not do anything else but write, that one must writer and write and write, even if everybody in the world advises you against it, even if nobody believes in you.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Human beings make a strange fauna and flora. From a distance they appear negligible; close up they are apt to appear ugly and malicious. More than anything they need to be surrounded with sufficient space – space even more than time.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Every day that we fail to live out the maximum of our potentialities we kill the Shakespeare, Dante, Homer, Christ which is in us.”
Henry Miller Quote: “Man, as man, has never realized himself. The greater part of him, his potential being, has always been submerged. What is history if not the endless story of his repeated failures?”
Henry Miller Quote: “What is not in the open street is false, derived, that is to say, literature.”
Henry Miller Quote: “We are swimming on the face of time and all else has drowned, is drowning, or will drown.”
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