Henry Miller

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

Henry Miller Quotes

  • ''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 (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Third or Fourth Day of Spring," Black Spring (1936).
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  • ''The world is the mirror of myself dying.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Third or Fourth Day of Spring," Black Spring (1936).
  • ''Hitler is no worse, nay better, in my opinion, than the other lugs. He makes the German mistake of being tactless, that's all.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Letter, March 1939, to author Lawrence Durrell. Published in The Durrell-Miller Letters 1935-1980 (1988). Written shortly after the Nazis had marched into Czechoslovakia.
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''The worst sin that can be committed against the artist is to take him at his word, to see in his work a fulfillment instead of an horizon.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "An Open Letter to Surrealists Everywhere," The Cosmological Eye (1939).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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