Henry Miller

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

Henry Miller Quotes

  • ''The word which gives the key to the national vice is waste. And people who are wasteful are not wise, neither can they remain young and vigorous. In order to transmute energy to higher and more subtle levels one must first conserve it.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Dr. Souchon: Surgeon-Painter," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
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  • ''He's the master of the nightmare. He's the Gustave Doré of the world of Henry Ford and Co., Inc.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Good news! God is Love!" The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it it means danger, revolution, anarchy.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Good News! God Is Love!" The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "With Edgar Varèse in the Gobi Desert," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963). Miller is quoted as saying, "I am for obscenity and against pornography."
  • ''The waking mind ... is the least serviceable in the arts.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
  • ''One becomes aware in France, after having lived in America, that sex pervades the air. It's there all around you, like a fluid.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
  • ''It is true I swim in a perpetual sea of sex but the actual excursions are fairly limited.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. letter, Feb. 1, 1932. Letters to Anaïs Nin, pt. 1 (1965).
  • ''It isn't the oceans which cut us off from the world—it's the American way of looking at things.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Letter to Lafayette," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Also published separately as A Devil in Paradise (1956). "Paradise Lost," pt. 3, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymous Bosch (1957).

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