Henry Miller

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

Henry Miller Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''There is nothing strange about fear: no matter in what guise it presents itself it is something with which we are all so familiar that when a man appears who is without it we are at once enslaved by him.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Enormous Womb," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''What is not in the open street is false, derived, that is to say, literature.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Fourteenth Ward," Black Spring (1936).
  • ''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 (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Oranges of the Millennium," Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymous Bosch (1957).
  • ''We do not talk—we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Shadows," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''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 (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Soul of Anaesthesia," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''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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