Henry Miller

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

Henry Miller Quotes

  • ''Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Reflections on Writing," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).
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  • ''No matter how vast, how total, the failure of man here on earth, the work of man will be resumed elsewhere. War leaders talk of resuming operations on this front and that, but man's front embraces the whole universe.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Reunion in Brooklyn," Sunday After the War (1944).
  • ''America is essentially a woman's country—why shouldn't the leading novelists be women?''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. repr. In The Best of Henry Miller, ed. Lawrence Durrell (1960). "Reunion in Brooklyn," Sunday After the War (1944).
  • ''To live without killing is a thought which could electrify the world, if men were only capable of staying awake long enough to let the idea soak in.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Reunion in Brooklyn," Sunday After the War (1944).
  • ''Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. The other eight are unimportant.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Sexus, ch. 21 (1949).
  • ''Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Sexus, ch. 14 (1949).
  • ''The world has not to be put in order: the world is order incarnate. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Sexus, ch. 9 (1949).
  • ''Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Sexus, ch. 2 (1949).
  • ''The prisoner is not the one who has commited a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Sexus, ch. 14 (1949).
  • ''The man who is forever disturbed about the condition of humanity either has no problems of his own or has refused to face them.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Sexus, ch. 9 (1949). Miller emphasized that he was referring to "the great majority, not of the emancipated few who, having thought things through, are privileged to identify themselves with all humanity and thus enjoy that greatest of all luxuries: service."

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