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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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.

It does me good to write a letter which is not a response to a demand a gratuitous letter so to speak which has accumulated in me like the waters of a reservoir.

What is not in the open street is false derived that is to say literature.

I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.

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.

One has to be a lowbrow a bit of a murderer to be a politician ready and willing to see people sacrificed slaughtered for the sake of an idea whether a good one or a bad one.

The real enemy can always be met and conquered or won over. Real antagonism is based on love a love which has not recognized itself.

To live without killing is a thought which could electrify the world if men were only capable of staying awake long enough to let the idea soak in.

Whatever needs to be maintained through force is doomed.

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.

The moment one gives close attention to any thing even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious awesome indescribably magnificent world in itself.

If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.

When you know what men are capable of you marvel neither at their sublimity nor their baseness. There are no limits in either direction apparently.

The ordinary man is involved in action the hero acts. An immense difference.

The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.

Until we accept the fact that life itself is founded in mystery we shall learn nothing.

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

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

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

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.

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