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  • We live in the mind, in ideas, in fragments. We no longer drink in the wild outer music of the streets—we remember only.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Fourteenth Ward," Black Spring (1936).

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  • Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Enormous Womb," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).

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  • If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Colossus of Maroussi, pt. 3 (1941).

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  • What does it matter how one comes by the truth so long as one pounces upon it and lives by it?
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Tropic of Capricorn, p. 159 (1939, repr. 1966).

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  • 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 (1891-1980), U.S. author. "An Open Letter to Surrealists Everywhere," The Cosmological Eye (1939).

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  • What holds the world together, as I have learned from bitter experience, is sexual intercourse.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Tropic of Capricorn, p. 174 (1938, repr. 1966).

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  • Surrealism is merely the reflection of the death process. It is one of the manifestations of a life becoming extinct, a virus which quickens the inevitable end.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "An Open Letter to Surrealists Everywhere," The Cosmological Eye (1939). On the subject of surrealism, Miller wrote earlier in the same essay, "I was writing Surrealistically in America before I had ever heard the word."

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  • And what is the potential man, after all? Is he not the sum of all that is human? Divine, in other words?
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. repr. in Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymous Bosch, pt. 3, "Paradise Lost" (1957). A Devil in Paradise (1956).
  • An artist is always alone—if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Tropic of Cancer, p. 72 (1934, 1979).

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  • Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. repr. (1979). Tropic of Cancer, p. 276 (1934).
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