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We live at the edge of the miraculous. ...
by Henry Miller

We live at the edge of the miraculous.
- Henry Miller

An artist is always alone - if he is an artist.
No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
- Henry Miller

The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.
- Henry Miller

Imagination is the voice of daring.
If there is anything Godlike about God it is that.
He dared to imagine everything.
- Henry Miller

 

I have no money, no resources, no hopes.
I am the happiest man alive.
- Henry Miller

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

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

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When one is trying to do something beyond his known
powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends.
Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.
- Henry Miller

Analysis brings no curative powers in its train;
it merely makes us conscious of the existence of an evil,
which, oddly enough, is consciousness.
- Henry Miller

The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face.
Thousands and thousands of us, and we're passing one
another without a look of recognition.
- Henry Miller

The man who is forever disturbed about the condition
of humanity either has no problems of his own or has refused to face them.
- Henry Miller

In the beginning was the Word.
Man acts it out.
He is the act, not the actor.
- Henry Miller

The man who looks for security, even in the mind,
is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order
to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.
- Henry Miller

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

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

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.
- Henry Miller

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack.
We give it orders which make no sense.
- Henry Miller

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

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

Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through
adaptation but through daring.
- Henry Miller

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

Actors die so loud.
- Henry Miller

The one thing we can never get enough of is love.
And the one thing we never give enough is love.
- Henry Miller

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

Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it,
to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
- Henry Miller

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

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

Life is 440 horsepower in a 2-cylinder engine.
- Henry Miller

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

If we are always arriving and departing,
it is also true that we are eternally anchored.
One's destination is never a place but rather a new
way of looking at things.
- Henry Miller

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.
- Henry Miller

Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give
in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves?
Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.
- Henry Miller

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

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

We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate.
- Henry Miller

The prisoner is not the one who has commited a crime,
but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over.
- Henry Miller

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware,
joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
- Henry Miller

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.
- Henry Miller

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.
- Henry Miller

Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk.
- Henry Miller

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.
- Henry Miller

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

There is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy.
- Henry Miller

The world dies over and over again, but the skeleton
always gets up and walks.
- Henry Miller

The new always carries with it the sense of violation,
of sacrilege.
What is dead is sacred; what is new,
that is different,
is evil, dangerous, or subversive.
- Henry Miller

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.
- Henry Miller

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

In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase
the horizon of ignorance.
- Henry Miller

The concert is a polite form of self induced torture.
- Henry Miller

Whatever I do is done out of sheer joy;
I drop my fruits like a ripe tree.
What the general reader or the critic makes of them is not my concern.
- Henry Miller

One's destination is never a place but rather a new
way of looking at things.
- Henry Miller

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.
- Henry Miller

Whatever needs to be maintained through force is doomed.
- Henry Miller

Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.
- Henry Miller

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

If there is to be any peace it will come through being,
not having.
- Henry Miller

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.
- Henry Miller

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

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

The Teutons have been singing the swan song ever since
they entered the ranks of history.
They have always confounded truth with death.
- Henry Miller

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

The only thing we never get enough of is love;
and the only thing we never give enough of is love.
- Henry Miller

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

Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.
- Henry Miller

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

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.
- Henry Miller

Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs,
doctrines - these are of trifling import.
All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm.
- Henry Miller

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.
- Henry Miller

Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything except his own nature.
- Henry Miller

Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.
- Henry Miller

In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything,
the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is,
in the long run, the easiest.
- Henry Miller


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