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Henry Miller – 36 Quotes

 

36 Quotes by Henry Miller

 

The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.

– Henry Miller


Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don’t take it too seriously.

– Henry Miller


If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.

– Henry Miller


I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.

– Henry Miller


The real leader has no need to lead – he is content to point the way.

– Henry Miller


Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything except his own nature.

– Henry Miller


In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase the horizon of ignorance.

– Henry Miller


Sin, guilt, neurosis they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge.

– Henry Miller


An artist is always alone – if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.

– Henry Miller


What does it matter how one comes by the truth so long as one pounces upon it and lives by it?

– Henry Miller


All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.

– Henry Miller


The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.

– Henry Miller


The only thing we never get enough of is love and the only thing we never give enough of is love.

– Henry Miller


The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

– Henry Miller


The legal system is often a mystery, and we, its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday citizens.

– Henry Miller


Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.

– Henry Miller


Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.

– Henry Miller


Instead of asking ‘How much damage will the work in question bring about?’ why not ask ‘How much good? How much joy?’

– Henry Miller


Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.

– Henry Miller


True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.

– Henry Miller


We live in the mind, in ideas, in fragments. We no longer drink in the wild outer music of the streets – we remember only.

– Henry Miller


The Teutons have been singing the swan song ever since they entered the ranks of history. They have always confounded truth with death.

– Henry Miller


The worst sin that can be committed against the artist is to take him at his word, to see in his work a fulfillment instead of an horizon.

– Henry Miller


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


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


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


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


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.

– Henry Miller


No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.

– Henry Miller


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


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.

– Henry Miller


Develop an interest in life as you see it the people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.

– Henry Miller


There is nothing strange about fear: no matter in what guise it presents itself it is something with which we are all so familiar that when a man appears who is without it we are at once enslaved by him.

– Henry Miller


No matter how vast, how total, the failure of man here on earth, the work of man will be resumed elsewhere. War leaders talk of resuming operations on this front and that, but man’s front embraces the whole universe.

– Henry Miller


The great work must inevitably be obscure, except to the very few, to those who like the author himself are initiated into the mysteries. Communication then is secondary: it is perpetuation which is important. For this only one good reader is necessary.

– Henry Miller


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


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