Henry Miller

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

Henry Miller Quotes

  • ''Hope is a bad thing. It means that you are not what you want to be. It means that part of you is dead, if not all of you. It means that you entertain illusions. It's a sort of spiritual clap, I should say.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Peace! It's Wonderful!" The Cosmological Eye (1939).
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  • ''History is the myth, the true myth, of man's fall made manifest in time.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Plexus, ch. 12 (1949).
  • ''The Teutons have been singing the swan song ever since they entered the ranks of history. They have always confounded truth with death.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Plexus, ch. 17 (1963). Miller was discussing Nietzsche and Spengler.
  • ''Life is constantly providing us with new funds, new resources, even when we are reduced to immobility. In life's ledger there is no such thing as frozen assets.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Quiet Days in Clichy, 1991 edition, p. 33 (orig. publ. 1956).
  • ''It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Raimu," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).
  • ''The Frenchman is first and foremost a man. He is likeable often just because of his weaknesses, which are always thoroughly human, even if despicable.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Raimu," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).
  • ''The world itself is pregnant with failure, is the perfect manifestation of imperfection, of the consciousness of failure.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Reflections of Writing," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).
  • ''One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Reflections on Writing," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).
  • ''I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Reflections on Writing," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).
  • ''Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring, through obeying the blind urge.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Reflections on Writing," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).

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