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 :: 1891-1980, American Author

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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.
~ Henry Miller - [Books and Reading]

 

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A man writes to throw off the poison which he has accumulated because of his false way of life. He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing (by writing) is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment. No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in.
~ Henry Miller - [Writers and Writing]

 

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A new world is not made simply by trying to forget the old. A new world is made with a new spirit, with new values. Our world may have begun that way, but today it is caricature. Our world is a world of things. What we dread most, in the face of the impending debacle, is that we shall be obliged to give up our gewgaws, our gadgets, all the little comforts that have made us so uncomfortable. We are not peaceful souls; we are smug, timid, queasy and quaky.
~ Henry Miller - [New World]

 

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Actors die so loud.
~ Henry Miller - [Acting and Actors]

 

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Actually we are a vulgar, pushing mob whose passions are easily mobilized by demagogues, newspaper men, religious quacks, agitators and such like. To call this a society of free peoples is blasphemous. What have we to offer the world besides the superabundant loot which we recklessly plunder from the earth under the maniacal delusion that this insane activity represents progress and enlightenment?
~ Henry Miller - [America]

 

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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.
~ Henry Miller - [Writers and Writing]

 

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All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
~ Henry Miller - [Growth]

 

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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.
~ Henry Miller - [Books and Reading]

 

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All the lies and evasions by which man has nourished himself -- civilization, in a word is the fruits of the creative artist. It is the creative nature of man which has refused to let him lapse back into that unconscious unity with life which characterizes the animal world from which he made his escape.
~ Henry Miller - [Creativity]

 

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An artist is always alone -- if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
~ Henry Miller - [Solitude]

 

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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.
~ Henry Miller - [Psychoanalysis]

 

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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?
~ Henry Miller - [Potential]

 

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Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.
~ Henry Miller - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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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.
~ Henry Miller - [Arts and Artists]

 

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Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.
~ Henry Miller - [Arts and Artists]

 

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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.
~ Henry Miller - [Faith]

 

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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.
~ Henry Miller - [Broadway]

 

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Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.
~ Henry Miller - [Chaos]

 

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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.
~ Henry Miller - [Civilization]

 

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Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not yet understood.
~ Henry Miller - [Confusion]

 

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