Henry Miller

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

Henry Miller Quotes

  • ''The world dies over and over again, but the skeleton always gets up and walks.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Uterine Hunger," The Wisdom of the Heart (1941).
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  • ''Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything—except his own nature.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "With Edgar Varèse in the Gobi Desert," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''He is a man of one idea: that life has a symbolic significance. Which is to say that life and art are one.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Creative Death," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).
  • ''The new always carries with it the sense of violation, of sacrilege. What is dead is sacred; what is new, that is different, is evil, dangerous, or subversive.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "With Edgar Varèse in the Gobi Desert," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''Reality is not protected or defended by laws, proclamations, ukases, cannons and armadas. Reality is that which is sprouting all the time out of death and disintegration.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "With Edgar Varèse in the Gobi Desert," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''In the attempt to defeat death man has been inevitably obliged to defeat life, for the two are inextricably related. Life moves on to death, and to deny one is to deny the other.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Creative Death," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).
  • ''Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "With Edgar Varèse in the Gobi Desert," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Creative Death," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).
  • ''Instead of asking—"How much damage will the work in question bring about?" why not ask—"How much good? How much joy?"''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "With Edgar Varèse in the Gobi Desert," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''Sin, guilt, neurosis—they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Creative Death," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).

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