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Henry Miller Quotes

(1891-1980), American Author

I didn't have to think up so much as a comma or a semicolon; it was all given, straight from the celestial recording room. Weary, I would beg for a break, an intermission, time enough, let's say, to go to the toilet or take a breath of fresh air on the balcony. Nothing doing!

Category: Inspiration

I will never again go to people under false pretenses even if it is to give them the Holy Bible. I will never again sell anything, even if I have to starve. I am going home now and I will sit down and really write about people.

Category: Integrity

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

Category: Isolation

Who hates the Jews more than the Jew?

Category: Judaism And Jews

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

Category: Knowledge

Topographically the country is magnificent -- and terrifying. Why terrifying? Because nowhere else in the world is the divorce between man and nature so complete. Nowhere have I encountered such a dull, monotonous fabric of life as here in America. Here boredom reaches its peak.

Category: Land

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

Category: Leaders And Leadership

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.

Category: Letters

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

Category: Lies And Lying

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.

Category: Life And Living

Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.

Category: Life And Living

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

Category: Literature

Madness is tonic and invigorating. It makes the sane more sane. The only ones who are unable to profit by it are the insane.

Category: Madness

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

Category: Meaning Of Life

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

Category: Meaning Of Life