Henry Miller

Henry Miller

Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American writer. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms, developing a new sort of semi-autobiographical novel that blended character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, explicit language, sex, surrealist free association, and mysticism.

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

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.

We do not talk - we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers magazines and digests.

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

What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their ability to act according to their beliefs.

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

The new always carries with it the sense of violation of sacrilege. What is dead is sacred, what is new that is different is evil dangerous or subversive.

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

Life is constantly providing us with new funds new resources even when we are reduced to immobility. In life's ledger there is no such thing as frozen assets.

One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.

We live at the edge of the miraculous.

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

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.

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.

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.

It is the American vice the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd.

If we are always arriving and departing it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.

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

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

Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.

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