Henry Miller Quotes
Actors die so loud.
All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
Analysis brings no curative powers in its train; it merely makes us conscious of the existence of an evil, which, oddly enough, is consciousness.
And what is the potential man, after all? Is he not the sum of all that is human? Divine, in other words?
Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.
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.
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.
Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.
Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.
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.
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.
Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.
Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
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.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.
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.
I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.
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December 26, 1891
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