Henry Miller

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

Henry Miller Quotes

  • ''The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. Sexus, ch. 14 (1949).
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  • ''Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang's feeble imagination.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Soirée in Hollywood," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''The real enemy can always be met and conquered, or won over. Real antagonism is based on love, a love which has not recognized itself.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Stieglitz and Marin," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
  • ''All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Absolute Collective," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).
  • ''I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather as prematurely old, as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, "Dr. Souchon: Surgeon-Painter," (1945).
  • ''America is no place for an artist: to be an artist is to be a moral leper, an economic misfit, a social liability. A corn-fed hog enjoys a better life than a creative writer, painter, or musician. To be a rabbit is better still.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, preface (1945).
  • ''In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Books in My Life, preface (1951).
  • ''The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Books in My Life, ch. 10 (1951).
  • ''Until it is kindled by a spirit as flamingly alive as the one which gave it birth a book is dead to us. Words divested of their magic are but dead hieroglyphs.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Books in My Life, ch. 7 (1951).
  • ''It does me good to write a letter which is not a response to a demand, a gratuitous letter, so to speak, which has accumulated in me like the waters of a reservoir.''
    Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Books in My Life, ch. 12 (1951).

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