Henry Miller

(1891-1980 / Yorkville, New York City, New York)

Henry Miller Quotes

  • ''The study of crime begins with the knowledge of oneself. All that you despise, all that you loathe, all that you reject, all that you condemn and seek to convert by punishment springs from you.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Soul of Anaesthesia," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
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  • ''A prisoner has no sex. He is God's own private eunuch.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Soul of Anaesthesia," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''The loss of sex polarity is part and parcel of the larger disintegration, the reflex of the soul's death, and coincident with the disappearance of great men, great deeds, great causes, great wars, etc.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Universe of Death," The Cosmological Eye (1939).
  • ''In expanding the field of knowledge, we but increase the horizon of ignorance.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Wisdom of the Heart, title essay (1947).
  • ''The real leader has no need to lead—he is content to point the way.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Wisdom of the Heart, title essay (1947).
  • ''Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Wisdom of the Heart, "The Absolute Collective," (1947).
  • ''The American ideal is youth—handsome, empty youth.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Wisdom of the Heart, "Raimu," (1947). "In America," Miller explained, "youth means simply athleticism, disrespect, gangsterism, or sickly idealism expressing itself through thinly disguised and badly digested social science theories acted out by idiots who are desperadoes at heart."
  • ''Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines—these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The World of Sex, p. 118 (1940, repr. 1970).
  • ''In the beginning was the Word. Man acts it out. He is the act, not the actor.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The World of Sex, p. 119 (1940, repr. 1970).
  • ''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 (1891-1980), U.S. author. The World of Sex, p. 105 (1940, repr. 1970).

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