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Henry Miller Sayings: There are lone figures armed only with ideas, sometimes with just one idea, who blast There are lone figures armed only with ideas, sometimes with just one idea, who blast away whole epochs in which we are enwrapped like mummies. Some are powerful enough to resurrect the dead. Some steal on us unawares and put a spell over us which it takes centuries to throw off. Some put a curse on us, for our st idity and inertia, and then it seems as if God himself were unable to lift it.
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Henry Miller Sayings: To be joyous is to be a madman in a world of sad ghosts. To be joyous is to be a madman in a world of sad ghosts.
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Henry Miller Sayings: Show me a man who over-elaborates and I will show you a great man! What Show me a man who over-elaborates and I will show you a great man! What is called their 'overelaboration' is my meat: it is the sign of struggle, it is struggle itself with all the fibers clinging to it, the very aura and ambiance of the discordant spirit. And when you show me a man who expresses himself perfectly I will not say that he is not great, but I will say that I am unattracted ... I miss the cloying qualities. When I reflect that the task which the artist implicitly sets himself is to overthrow existing values, to make of the chaos about him an order which is his own, to sow strife and ferment so that by the emotional release those who are dead may be restored to life, then it is that I run with joy to the great and imperfect ones, their confusion nourishes me, their stuttering is like divine music to my ears.
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Henry Miller Sayings: To love or be loved is no crime. the really criminal thing is to make To love or be loved is no crime. the really criminal thing is to make a person believe that he or she is the only one you could ever love.
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Henry Miller Sayings: If you can't give the is-ness of a thing give the not-ness of it! The If you can't give the is-ness of a thing give the not-ness of it! The main thing is to hook up, get the wheels turning, sound off. When your brakes jam, try going in reverse. If often works.
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Henry Miller Sayings: Whoever uses the spirit that isin him creatively is an artist. Tomake living itself an Whoever uses the spirit that is
in him creatively is an artist. To
make living itself an art, that is
the goal.
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Henry Miller Sayings: Man, as man, has never realized himself. The greater part of him, his potential being, Man, as man, has never realized himself. The greater part of him, his potential being, has always been submerged. What is history if not the endless story of his repeated failures?
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Henry Miller Sayings: We have no need for genius - genius is dead. We have need for strong We have no need for genius - genius is dead. We have need for strong hands, for spirits who are willing to give up the ghost and put on flesh ...
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Henry Miller Sayings: I used to think a bird couldn't fly if its wings got wet. I used to think a bird couldn't fly if its wings got wet.
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Henry Miller Sayings: the world is the mirror of myself dying. the world is the mirror of myself dying.
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Henry Miller Sayings: The cancer of time is eating us away The cancer of time is eating us away
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Henry Miller Sayings: It's beautiful to have a smoking jacket, a good cigar and a wife who plays It's beautiful to have a smoking jacket, a good cigar and a wife who plays the piano. So relaxing. So lenitive. Between the acts you go out for a smoke and a breath of fresh air.
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Henry Miller Sayings: Hope is a bad thing. It means that you are not what you want to Hope is a bad thing. It means that you are not what you want to be. It means that part of you is dead, if not all of you. It means that you entertain illusions. It's a sort of spiritual clap, I should say.
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Henry Miller Sayings: Words are loneliness. Words are loneliness.
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Henry Miller Sayings: The moral aspect was merely a concomitant, a coverall for some deeper, almost forgotten purpose. The moral aspect was merely a concomitant, a coverall for some deeper, almost forgotten purpose. That histoire should be story, lie and history all in one, was of a significance not to be despised. And that a story, given out as the invention of a creative artist, should be regarded as the most effective material for getting at the truth about its author, was also significant. Lies can only be imbedded in truth. They have no separate existence; they have a symbiotic relationship with truth. A good lie reveals more than the truth can ever reveal. To the one, that is, who seeks truth. To such a person there could never be cause for anger or recrimination when confronted with the lie. Not even pain, because all would be patent, naked and revelatory.
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Henry Miller Sayings: People are like lice - they get under your skin and bury themselves there. You People are like lice - they get under your skin and bury themselves there. You scratch and scratch until the blood comes, but you can't get permanently deloused.
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Henry Miller Sayings: The art of living involves the act of creation. The work of art is nothing. The art of living involves the act of creation. The work of art is nothing. It is only the tangible, visible evidence of a way of life, which, if it is not crazy is certainly different from the accepted way of life ... For the artist to attach himself to his work, or identify himself with it, is suicidal.
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Henry Miller Sayings: You can travel fifty thousand miles in America without once tasting a piece of good You can travel fifty thousand miles in America without once tasting a piece of good bread.
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Henry Miller Sayings: Thyroid eyes. Michelin lips. Voice like pea soup. Thyroid eyes. Michelin lips. Voice like pea soup.
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Henry Miller Sayings: When you come, please be so kind as to check your neuroses and psychoses at When you come, please be so kind as to check your neuroses and psychoses at the gate ... Fans and other obnoxious pests would do well to maintain silence.
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Henry Miller Sayings: The word in your mouth is anarchy. The word in your mouth is anarchy.
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Henry Miller Sayings: No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.
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Henry Miller Sayings: I'd rather sit down and write a letter than call someone up. I hate the I'd rather sit down and write a letter than call someone up. I hate the telephone.
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Henry Miller Sayings: I had the misfortune to be nourished by the dreams and visions of great Americans I had the misfortune to be nourished by the dreams and visions of great Americans
the poets and seers. Some other breed of man has won out. This world which is in the making fills me with dread. I have seen it germinate; I can read it like a blueprint. It is not a world I want to live in. It is a world suited for monomaniacs obsessed with the idea of progress
but a false progress, a progress which stinks. It is a world cluttered with useless objects which men and women, in order to be exploited and degraded, are taught to regard as useful. The dreamer whose dreams are non-utilitarian has no place in this world. Whatever does not lend itself to being bought and sold, whether in the realm of things, ideas, principles, dreams or hopes, is debarred. In this world the poet is anathema, the thinker a fool, the artist an escapist, the man of vision a criminal.
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Henry Miller Sayings: The more I wrote, the more I became a human being. The writing may have The more I wrote, the more I became a human being. The writing may have seemed monstrous (to some) for it was a violation, but I became a more human individual because of it. I was getting the poison out of my system.
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Henry Miller Sayings: Often, when following the trail which meanders over the hills, I pull myself up in Often, when following the trail which meanders over the hills, I pull myself up in an effort to encompass the glory and the grandeur which envelops the whole horizon. Often, when the clouds pile up in the north and the sea is churned with white caps, I say to myself: This is the California that men dreamed of years ago, this is the Pacific that Balboa looked out on from the Peak of Darien, this is the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look.
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Henry Miller Sayings: The imperfections of a man, his frailties, his faults, are just as important as his The imperfections of a man, his frailties, his faults, are just as important as his virtues. You can't separate them. They're wedded.
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Henry Miller Sayings: I suddenly recalled that it was here in the squalor and gloom of this sunken I suddenly recalled that it was here in the squalor and gloom of this sunken street, terrorized perhaps by a premonition of the future, that Mona clung to me and with a quivering voice begged me to promise that I would never leave her, never, no matter what happened. And, only a few days later, I stood on the platform of the Gare St. Lazare and I watched the train pull out, the train that was bearing her away; she was leaning out of the window, just as she had leaned out of the window when I left her in New York, and there was that same, sad, inscrutable smile on her face, that last-minute look which is intended to convey so much, but which is only a mask that is twisted by a vacant smile.
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Henry Miller Sayings: How speak about an art which no one recognizes as an art? I know that How speak about an art which no one recognizes as an art? I know that a great deal has already been written about the "art of the cinema". One can read about it most every day in the newspapers & the magazines. But it is not the art of the cinema which you will find discussed therein
it is rather dire, botched embryo as it now stands revealed before our eyes, the still-birth which was mangled in the womb by the obstetricians of art.
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Henry Miller Sayings: I see America spreading disaster. I see America as a black curse upon the world. 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.
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Henry Miller Sayings: Even if it doesn't work, there is something healthy and invigorating about direct action Even if it doesn't work, there is something healthy and invigorating about direct action
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Henry Miller Sayings: More and more the world resembles an entomologist's dream. The earth is moving out of More and more the world resembles an entomologist's dream. The earth is moving out of its orbit, the axis has shifted; from the north the snow blows down in huge knife-blue drifts. A new ice age is setting in, the transverse sutures are closing up and everywhere throughout the corn belt the fetal world is dying, turning to dead mastoid. Inch by inch the deltas are drying out and the river beds are smooth as glass. A new day is dawning, a metallurgical day, when the earth shall clink with showers of bright yellow ore. As the thermometer drops, the form of the world grows blurred; osmosis there still is, and here and there articulation, but at the periphery the veins are all varicose, at the periphery the light waves bend and the sun bleeds like a broken rectum.
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Henry Miller Sayings: To walk in money through the night crowd, protected by money, lulled by money, dulled To walk in money through the night crowd, protected by money, lulled by money, dulled by money, the crowd itself a money, the breath money, no least single object anywhere that is not money. Money, money everywhere and still not enough! And then no money, or a little money, or less money, or more money but money always money. and if you have money, or you don't have money, it is the money that counts, and money makes money, but what makes money make money?
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Henry Miller Sayings: Life is 440 horsepower in a 2-cylinder engine. Life is 440 horsepower in a 2-cylinder engine.
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Henry Miller Sayings: Who am I? What am I doing here? I fall between the cold walls of Who am I? What am I doing here? I fall between the cold walls of human malevolence, a white figure fluttering, sinking down through the cold lake, a mountain of skulls above me. I settle down to the cold latitudes, the chalk steps washed with indigo. The earth in its dark corridors knows my step, feels a foot abroad, a wing stirring, a gasp and a shudder.
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Henry Miller Sayings: I detest all books which run chronologically, which commence at the cradle and end with I detest all books which run chronologically, which commence at the cradle and end with the grave. Even life doesn't run that way, much as people think it does. Life only commences at the hour of spiritual birth - which may be at eighteen or at forty-seven. And death is never the goal - but life! more life!
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Henry Miller Sayings: Actors die so loud. Actors die so loud.
Henry Miller Sayings: The ovarian world is the product of a life rhythm. The moment a child is The ovarian world is the product of a life rhythm. The moment a child is born it becomes part of a world in which there is not only the life rhythm but the death rhythm. The frantic desire to live, to live at any cost, is not a result of the life rhythm in us, but of the death rhythm. There is not only no need to keep alive at any price, but, if life is undesirable, it is absolutely wrong. This keeping oneself alive, out of a blind urge to defeat death, is in itself a means of sowing death. Every one who has not fully accepted life, who is not incrementing life, is helping to fill the world with death. To make the simplest gesture with the hand can convey the utmost sense of life; a word spoken with the whole being can give life. Activity in itself means nothing: it is often a sign of death.
Henry Miller Sayings: To think that he can lie beside that furnace I stoked for him and do To think that he can lie beside that furnace I stoked for him and do nothing but make water!
Henry Miller Sayings: He will never be satisfied," writes one biographer ... I know because I suffer from He will never be satisfied," writes one biographer ... I know because I suffer from the same disease ... I don't believe for a minute that the flowers ever faded or the stars were ever dimmed in Rimbaud's eyes ... It was the world of men that his weary glance saw things pale and fade. He began by wanting to "see all, feel all, exhaust everything, explore everything, say everything." ... He had no choice of fighting for the rest of his life to hold the ground he had gained or to renounce the struggle utterly. Why could he not have compromised? Because compromise was not in his vocabulary. He was a fanatic from childhood, a person who had to go the whole hog or die. In this lied his purity, his innocence.
Henry Miller Sayings: Madness is tonic and invigorating. It makes the sane more sane. The only ones who Madness is tonic and invigorating. It makes the sane more sane. The only ones who are unable to profit by it are the insane.
Henry Miller Sayings: Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race. Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.
Henry Miller Sayings: All I ask of life, he says, is a bunch of books, a bunch of All I ask of life, he says, is a bunch of books, a bunch of dreams, and a bunch of cunt.
Henry Miller Sayings: Well, fuck a duck. Well, fuck a duck.
Henry Miller Sayings: The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order.
Henry Miller Sayings: No matter how attached I became to a 'cunt', I was always more interested in No matter how attached I became to a 'cunt', I was always more interested in the person who owned it. A cunt doesn't live a separate, independent existence. Nothing does. Everything is interrelated.
Henry Miller Sayings: Better a good venereal disease than a moribund peace and quiet. Better a good venereal disease than a moribund peace and quiet.
Henry Miller Sayings: Unless the nightmare is strong enough to wake you up you go right on retreating, Unless the nightmare is strong enough to wake you up you go right on retreating, and either you end up on a bench or you end up as vice-president. It's all one and the same, a bloody fucking mess, a farce, a fiasco from start to finish.
Henry Miller Sayings: But you can't put fight into a man's guts if hehasn't any fight in him. But you can't put fight into a man's guts if he
hasn't any fight in him. There are some of us so cowardly that you
can't ever make heroes of us, not even if you frighten us to death.
We know too much, maybe. There are some of us who don't live in the
moment, who live a little ahead, or a little behind.
Henry Miller Sayings: I have never seen a place like Paris for varieties of sexual provender. as soon I have never seen a place like Paris for varieties of sexual provender. as soon as a woman loses a front tooth or an eye or a leg she goes on the lose. In America she'd starve to death if she had nothing to recommend her but a mutilation. Here it is different. A missing tooth or a nose eaten away or a fallen womb, any misfortune that aggravates the natural homeliness of the female, seems to be regarded as an added spice, a stimulant for the jaded appetites of the male.
Henry Miller Sayings: I am the gorilla who feels his wings growing, a giddy gorilla in the centre I am the gorilla who feels his wings growing, a giddy gorilla in the centre of a satin-like emptiness; the night too grows like an electrical plant, shooting white-hot buds into velvet black space. I am the black space of the night in which the buds break with anguish, a starfish swimming on the frozen dew of the moon. I am the germ of a new insanity, a freak dressed in intelligible language, a sob that is buried like a splinter in the quick of the soul. I am dancing the very sane and lovely dance of the angelic gorilla. These are my brothers and sisters who are insane and unangelic. We are dancing in the hollow of the cup of nothingness. We are of one flesh, but separated like stars.
Henry Miller Sayings: It is the obscene horror, the dry, fucked-out aspect of things which makes this crazy It is the obscene horror, the dry, fucked-out aspect of things which makes this crazy civilization look like a crater. It is this great yawning gulf of nothingness which the creative spirits and mothers of the race carry between their legs.
Henry Miller Sayings: A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.
Henry Miller Sayings: A man, when he's burning up with passion, wants to see things; he wants to A man, when he's burning up with passion, wants to see things; he wants to see everything, even how they make water. And while it's all very nice to know that a woman has a mind, literature coming from the cold corpse of a whore is the last thing to be served in bed.
Henry Miller Sayings: The man who is intoxicated with life does not pass judgment, does not seek to The man who is intoxicated with life does not pass judgment, does not seek to come to a conclusion, does not impose his message on the world.
Henry Miller Sayings: Next to love friendship, in my opinion, is the most valuable thing life has to Next to love friendship, in my opinion, is the most valuable thing life has to offer.
Henry Miller Sayings: You start with the sublime and end up in an alley jerking away for dear You start with the sublime and end up in an alley jerking away for dear life.
Henry Miller Sayings: Living apart and at peace with myself,I came to realize more vividly the meaning of Living apart and at peace with myself,I came to realize more vividly the meaning of the doctrine of acceptance. To refrain from giving advice, to refrain from meddling in the affairs of others, to refrain even though the motives be the highest, from tampering with anothers way of life-so simple, yet so difficult for an active spirit. Hands Off.
Henry Miller Sayings: Everything is packed into a second which is either consummated or not consummated. Everything is packed into a second which is either consummated or not consummated.
Henry Miller Sayings: We live at the edge of the miraculous. We live at the edge of the miraculous.
Henry Miller Sayings: No matter what you touch and you wish to know about, you end up in No matter what you touch and you wish to know about, you end up in a sea of mystery. You see there's no beginning or end, you can go back as far as you want, forward as far as you want, but you never got to it, it's like the essence, it's that right, it remains. This is the greatest damn thing about the universe. That we can know so much, recognize so much, dissect, do everything, and we can't grasp it. And it's meant to be that way, do y'know. And there's where our reverence should come in. Before everything, the littlest thing as well as the greatest. The tiniest, the horseshit, as well as the angels, do y'know what I mean. It's all mystery. All impenetrable, as it were, right?
Henry Miller Sayings: Through endless night the earth whirls toward a creation unknown ... Through endless night the earth whirls toward a creation unknown ...
Henry Miller Sayings: Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously. Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.
Henry Miller Sayings: It is with the soul that we grasp the essence of another human being, not It is with the soul that we grasp the essence of another human being, not with the mind, nor even with the heart.
Henry Miller Sayings: He looks about the room at the few sticks of furniture, at the dirty bed He looks about the room at the few sticks of furniture, at the dirty bed sheets and the wash basin with the dirty water still in it, and he says: "I am a slave!" Every day he says it, not once, but a dozen times. And then he takes his guitar from the wall and sings.
Henry Miller Sayings: Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything godlike about God, it is Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything godlike about God, it is that. He dared to imagine everything
Henry Miller Sayings: The earth is not a lair, neither is it a prison. The earth is a The earth is not a lair, neither is it a prison. The earth is a Paradise, the only one we'll ever know. We will realize it the moment we open our eyes. We don't have to make it a Paradise-it is one. We have only to make ourselves fit to inhabit it. The man with the gun, the man with murder in his heart, cannot possibly recognize Paradise even when he is shown it.
Henry Miller Sayings: People used to envy me my inspiration. I hate inspiration. It takes you over completely. People used to envy me my inspiration. I hate inspiration. It takes you over completely. I could never wait until it passed and I got rid of it.
Henry Miller Sayings: I haven't any allegiance, any responsibilities, any hatreds, any worries, any prejudices, any passion. I'm I haven't any allegiance, any responsibilities, any hatreds, any worries, any prejudices, any passion. I'm neither for nor against. I'm a neutral.
Henry Miller Sayings: Going through the pass, which demands a sort of swastika maneuvering in order to debouch Going through the pass, which demands a sort of swastika maneuvering in order to debouch free and clear on the high plateau, I had the impression of wading through phantom seas of blood; the earth was not parched and convulsed in the usual Greek way but bleached and twisted as must have been the mangled, death-stilled limbs of the slain who were left to rot and give their blood here in the merciless sun to the roots of the wild olives which cling to the steep mountain slope with vulturous claws.
Henry Miller Sayings: You have to write a million words before you find your voice as a writer. You have to write a million words before you find your voice as a writer.
Henry Miller Sayings: Dedication is not what others expect of you, it is what you can give to Dedication is not what others expect of you, it is what you can give to others.
Henry Miller Sayings: I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather 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.
Henry Miller Sayings: I am positively against all this crap which is carried on first in the name I am positively against all this crap which is carried on first in the name of this thing, then in the name of that. I believe only in what is active, immediate, and personal.
Henry Miller Sayings: i like everything that flows i like everything that flows
Henry Miller Sayings: I think someday you're going to be a great writer," he said. "But" he added I think someday you're going to be a great writer," he said. "But" he added maliciously, "first you'll have to suffer a bit. I mean really suffer, because you don't know what the word means yet. You only think you've suffered. You've got to fall in love first.
Henry Miller Sayings: The great incestuous wish is to flow on, one with time, to merge the great The great incestuous wish is to flow on, one with time, to merge the great image of the beyond with the here and now. A fatuous, suicidal wish that is constipated by words and paralyzed by thought.
Henry Miller Sayings: She wouldn't remember that at a certain corner I had stopped to pick up her She wouldn't remember that at a certain corner I had stopped to pick up her hairpin, or that, when I bent down to tie her laces, I remarked the spot on which her foot had rested and that it would remain there forever, even after the cathedrals had been demolished and the whole Latin civilization wiped out forever and ever.
Henry Miller Sayings: Man torturing man is a fiend beyond description. You turn a corner in the dark Man torturing man is a fiend beyond description. You turn a corner in the dark and there he is. You congeal into a bundle of inanimate fear. You become the very soul of anesthesia. But there is no escaping him. It is your turn now ...
Henry Miller Sayings: He's like a hero come back from thewar, a poor maimed bastard living out the He's like a hero come back from the
war, a poor maimed bastard living out the reality of his dreams.
Wherever he sits himself the chair collapses; whatever door he
enters the room is empty: whatever he puts in his mouth leaves a
bad taste. Everything is just the same as it was before; the
elements are unchanged, the dream is no different than the reality.
Only, between the time he went to sleep and the time he woke up,
his body was stolen.
Henry Miller Sayings: In Europe one gets used to doing nothing. You sit on your ass and whine In Europe one gets used to doing nothing. You sit on your ass and whine all day. You get contaminated. You rot.
Henry Miller Sayings: With this book in my hands, reading aloud to my friends, questioning them, explaining to With this book in my hands, reading aloud to my friends, questioning them, explaining to them, I was made clearly to understand that I had no friends, that I was alone in the world. Because in not understanding the meaning of the words, neither I nor my friends, one thing became very clear and that was that there were ways of not understanding and that the difference between the non-understanding of one individual and the non-understanding of another created a world of terra firma even more solid than differences of understanding.
Henry Miller Sayings: I was alive. But I was alive without a memory, without a name; I was I was alive. But I was alive without a memory, without a name; I was cut off from hope as well as from remorse or regret. I had no past and would probably have no future; I was buried alive in a void which was the wound that had been dealt me. I was like the wound itself.
Henry Miller Sayings: I too love everything that flows: rivers, sewers, lava, semen, blood, bile, words, sentences. I I too love everything that flows: rivers, sewers, lava, semen, blood, bile, words, sentences. I love the amniotic fluid when it spills out of the bag. I love the kidney with it's painful gall-stones, it's gravel and what-not; I love the urine that pours out scalding and the clap that runs endlessly; I love the words of hysterics and the sentences that flow on like dysentery and mirror all the sick images of the soul ...
Henry Miller Sayings: She rises up out of a sea of faces and embraces me, embraces me passionately She rises up out of a sea of faces and embraces me, embraces me passionately
a thousand eyes, noses, fingers, legs, bottles, windows, purses, saucers all glaring at us an we in each other's arm oblivious. I sit down beside her and she talks
a flood of talk. Wild consumptive notes of hysteria, perversion, leprosy. I hear not a word because she is beautiful and I love her and now I am happy and willing to die.
Henry Miller Sayings: I didn't give a fuck whether I found anything or not. The thing is, never I didn't give a fuck whether I found anything or not. The thing is, never to be too anxious. Everything comes in due time.
Henry Miller Sayings: Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you in the ass to make you do it.
Henry Miller Sayings: One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
Henry Miller Sayings: No matter where you go, no matter what you touch, there is cancer and syphilis. No matter where you go, no matter what you touch, there is cancer and syphilis. It is written in the sky; it flames and dances, like an evil portent. It has eaten into our souls and we are nothing but a dead thing like the moon.
Henry Miller Sayings: A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.
Henry Miller Sayings: This is not a book in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is This is not a book in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of art, a kick in the pants to God, Man, Destiny, Time, Love, Beauty ... what you will.
Henry Miller Sayings: If we have not found heaven within, it is a certainty we will not find If we have not found heaven within, it is a certainty we will not find it without.
Henry Miller Sayings: Nothing better between five and seven than to be pushed around in that throng, to Nothing better between five and seven than to be pushed around in that throng, to follow a leg or a beautiful bust, to move along with the tide and everything whirling in your brain. A weird sort of contentment in those days. No appointments, no invitations for dinner, no program, no dough. The golden period, when I had not a single friend.
Henry Miller Sayings: Nothing would be regarded as obscene, I feel, if men were living out their inmost Nothing would be regarded as obscene, I feel, if men were living out their inmost desires. What man dreads most is to be faced with the manifestation, in word or deed, of that which he has refused to live out, that which he has throttled or stifled, buried as we say now, in his subconscious mind. The sordid qualities imputed to the enemy are always those which we recognize as our own and therefore rise to slay, because only through projection do we realize the enormity and horror of them.
Henry Miller Sayings: She felt that in everything, sublime or ignoble, there was hidden a turbulent, a vital She felt that in everything, sublime or ignoble, there was hidden a turbulent, a vital force, a significance and beauty which art, however glorious, was but a pale refection. "I want to live!" she muttered wildly. "I want to live!
Henry Miller Sayings: I am not drunk, and I am not sentimental, and I tell you you are I am not drunk, and I am not sentimental, and I tell you you are the most wonderful woman in the world.
Henry Miller Sayings: The blind lead the blind. It's the democratic way. The blind lead the blind. It's the democratic way.
Henry Miller Sayings: The light of Greece opened my eyes, penetrated my pores, expanded my whole being. The light of Greece opened my eyes, penetrated my pores, expanded my whole being.
Henry Miller Sayings: Returning to the boat we passed bridges, railroad tracks, warehouses, factories, wharves and what not. Returning to the boat we passed bridges, railroad tracks, warehouses, factories, wharves and what not. It was like following in the wake of a demented giant who had sown the earth with crazy dreams. If I could only have seen a horse or a cow, or just a cantankerous goat chewing tin cans, it would have been a tremendous relief. But there was nothing of the animal, vegetable or human kingdom in sight. It was a vast jumbled waste created by pre-human or sub-human monsters in a delirium of greed. It was something negative, some not-ness of some kind or other. It was a bad dream and towards the end I broke into a trot, what with disgust and nausea, what with the howling icy gale which was whipping everything in sight into a frozen pie crust. When I got back to the boat I was praying that by some miracle the captain would decide to alter his course and return to Piraeus.
Henry Miller Sayings: We're creators by permission, by grace as it were. No one creates alone, of and We're creators by permission, by grace as it were. No one creates alone, of and by himself. An artist is an instrument that registers something already existent, something which belongs to the whole world, and which, if he is an artist, he is compelled to give back to the world.