Henry Miller Quotes


118 Henry Miller quotes:



"The world itself is pregnant with failure, is the perfect manifestation of imperfection, of the consciousness of failure."
"There is the happiness which comes from creative effort. The joy of dreaming, creating, building, whether in painting a picture, writing an epic, singing a song, composing a symphony, devising new invention, creating a vast industry."
Author: Miller Quotes Category: Creativity Quotes
"Men are not suffering from the lack of good literature, good art, good theatre, good music, but from that which has made it impossible for these to become manifest. In short, they are suffering from the silent shameful conspiracy (the more shameful since it is unacknowledged) which has bound them together as enemies of art and artists."
Author: Miller Quotes Category: Culture Quotes
"The stabbing horror of life is not contained in calamities and disasters, because these things wake one up and one gets very familiar and intimate with them and finally they become tame again. No, it is more like being in a hotel room in Hoboken let us say, and just enough money in one's pocket for another meal."
Author: Miller Quotes Category: Disaster Quotes
"An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness."
"Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything."
"The world is not to be put in order; the world is order, incarnate. It is for us to harmonize with this order."
"All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience."
"It isn't the oceans which cut us off from the world - it's the American way of looking at things."
"The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love."
"Until we accept the fact that life itself is founded in mystery, we shall learn nothing."
"Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire."
"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."
"The American white man (not to speak of the Indian, the Negro, the Mexican) hasn't a ghost of a chance. If he has any talent he's doomed to have it crushed one way or another. The American way is to seduce a man by bribery and make a prostitute of him. Or else to ignore him, starve him into submission and make a hack of him."
Author: Miller Quotes Category: Talent Quotes
"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."
"The American ideal is youth --handsome, empty youth."
Author: Miller Quotes Category: Youth Quotes
"Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action, and it makes little difference whether they be forces for good or forces for evil."
"The study of crime begins with the knowledge of oneself. All that you despise, all that you loathe, all that you reject, all that you condemn and seek to convert by punishment springs from you."
"The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face. Thousands and thousands of us, and we're passing one another without a look of recognition."
Author: Miller Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Desperation Quotes
"Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring, through obeying the blind urge"
Author: Miller Quotes Category: Life Quotes



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