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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Life as it is called is for most of us one long postponement.

Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.

The world dies over and over again but the skeleton always gets up and walks.

Plots and character don't make life. Life is here and now anytime you say the word anytime you let her rip.

And what is the potential man after all? Is he not the sum of all that is human? Divine in other words?

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

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

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

We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate.

It isn't the oceans which cut us off from the world - it's the American way of looking at things.

In the beginning was the Word. Man acts it out. He is the act not the actor.

Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder to the enduring fact of mystery.

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.

The world is not to be put in order, the world is order incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order.

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.

Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action and it makes little difference whether they be forces for good or forces for evil.

Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.

One of the reasons why so few of us ever act instead of react is because we are continually stifling our deepest impulses.

The concert is a polite form of self induced torture.

I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather as prematurely old as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen.

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