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  • 11.
    The world itself is pregnant with failure, is the perfect manifestation of imperfection, of the consciousness of failure.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Reflections of Writing," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).

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  • 12.
    The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Creative Death," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).

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  • 13.
    Instead of asking—"How much damage will the work in question bring about?" why not ask—"How much good? How much joy?"
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "With Edgar Varèse in the Gobi Desert," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).

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  • 14.
    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 (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Books in My Life, preface (1951).

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  • 15.
    The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Books in My Life, ch. 10 (1951).

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  • 16.
    Until it is kindled by a spirit as flamingly alive as the one which gave it birth a book is dead to us. Words divested of their magic are but dead hieroglyphs.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Books in My Life, ch. 7 (1951).

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  • 17.
    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 anaesthesia. But there is no escaping him. It is your turn now.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Soul of Anaesthesia," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).

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  • 18.
    All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Absolute Collective," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).

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  • 19.
    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 (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, "Dr. Souchon: Surgeon-Painter," (1945).

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  • 20.
    America is no place for an artist: to be an artist is to be a moral leper, an economic misfit, a social liability. A corn-fed hog enjoys a better life than a creative writer, painter, or musician. To be a rabbit is better still.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, preface (1945).

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