Henry Miller

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Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980) was an American writer. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms, developing a new sort of semi-autobiographical novel that blended character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, explicit language, sex, surrealist free association and mysticism. His most characteristic works of this kind are Tropic of Cancer (1934), Black Spring (1936), Tropic of Capricorn (1939) and The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy (1949–59), all of which are based on his experiences in New York and Paris, and all of which were banned in the United States until 1961. He also wrote travel memoirs and literary criticism, and painted watercolors.

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Henry Miller #Art

Photo of Henry Miller The waking mind is the least serviceable in the arts.
Henry Miller #Best

Photo of Henry Miller When one is trying to do something beyond his known powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends. Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.
Henry Miller #Death #History #Truth

Photo of Henry Miller 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 #Experience

Photo of Henry Miller All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
Henry Miller #Faith

Photo of Henry Miller 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 #Future

Photo of Henry Miller Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
Henry Miller #Future #Imagination

Photo of Henry Miller 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 #Knowledge

Photo of Henry Miller Sin, guilt, neurosis they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge.
Henry Miller #Knowledge

Photo of Henry Miller In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase the horizon of ignorance.
Henry Miller #Leadership

Photo of Henry Miller The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.
Henry Miller #Legal

Photo of Henry Miller The legal system is often a mystery, and we, its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday citizens.
Henry Miller #Life

Photo of Henry Miller The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
Henry Miller #Love

Photo of Henry Miller The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.
Henry Miller #Love

Photo of Henry Miller The only thing we never get enough of is love and the only thing we never give enough of is love.
Henry Miller #Money

Photo of Henry Miller I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.
Henry Miller #Music

Photo of Henry Miller Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.
Henry Miller #Peace

Photo of Henry Miller If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
Henry Miller #Age

Photo of Henry Miller 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 #Fear #Hope

Photo of Henry Miller Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.
Henry Miller #Strength

Photo of Henry Miller True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.
Henry Miller #Music

Photo of Henry Miller We live in the mind, in ideas, in fragments. We no longer drink in the wild outer music of the streets - we remember only.
Henry Miller #Wisdom

Photo of Henry Miller Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.
Henry Miller #Work

Photo of Henry Miller The worst sin that can be committed against the artist is to take him at his word, to see in his work a fulfillment instead of an horizon.
Henry Miller #Communication #Work

Photo of Henry Miller The great work must inevitably be obscure, except to the very few, to those who like the author himself are initiated into the mysteries. Communication then is secondary: it is perpetuation which is important. For this only one good reader is necessary.
Henry Miller #Death

Photo of Henry Miller 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.