Henry Miller

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

Henry Miller Quotes

  • ''Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action, and it makes little difference whether they be forces for good or forces for evil.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "An Open Letter to Surrealists Everywhere," The Cosmological Eye (1939).
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  • ''Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Tropic of Capricorn, "On the Ovarian Trolley: An Interlude," (1938).
  • ''What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "An Open Letter to Surrealists Everywhere," The Cosmological Eye (1939).
  • ''The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe; he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "An Open Letter to Surrealists Everywhere," The Cosmological Eye (1939).
  • ''I will never again go to people under false pretenses even if it is to give them the Holy Bible. I will never again sell anything, even if I have to starve. I am going home now and I will sit down and really write about people.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Tropic of Capricorn, p. 174 (1938, 1966).
  • ''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).
  • ''Madness is tonic and invigorating. It makes the sane more sane. The only ones who are unable to profit by it are the insane.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "An Open Letter to Surrealists Everywhere," The Cosmological Eye (1939).
  • ''The diary is an art form just as much as the novel or the play. The diary simply requires a greater canvas.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Un Etre Etoile," The Cosmological Eye (1939).
  • ''All my good reading, you mught say, was done in the toilet.... There are passages in Ulysses which can be read only in the toilet—if one wants to extract the full flavor of their content.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Black Spring, "A Saturday Afternoon," (1936).
  • ''Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Creative Death," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).

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