Henry Miller

1891 - 1980

A Quote by Henry Miller

They have a wonderful therapeutic effect upon me, these catastrophes which I proofread.  Imagine a state of perfect immunity, a charmed existence, a life of absolute security in the midst of poison bacilli.  Nothing touches me, neither earthquakes nor explosions nor riots nor famine nor collisions nor wars nor revolutions.  I am inoculated against every disease, every calamity, every sorrow and misery.  It’s the culmination of a life of fortitude.  Seated at my little niche all the poisons which the world gives off each day pass through my hands.  Not even a fingernail gets stained.  I am absolutely immune.  I am even better off than a laboratory attendant, because there are no bad odors here, just the smell of lead burning.  The world can blow up–I’ll be here just the same to put in a comma or a semicolon.  I may even touch a little overtime, for with an event like that there’s bound to be a final extra.  When the world blows up and the final edition has gone to press the proofreaders will quietly gather up all the commas, semicolons, hyphens, asterisks, brackets, parentheses, periods, exclamation marks, etc. and put them in a little box over the editorial chair.  Comme ça tout est réglé...

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Source: Tropic of Cancer

Contributed by: Bill

A Quote by Henry Miller

For the man in the paddock, whose duty it is to sweep up manure, the supreme terror is the possibility of a world without horses.  To tell him that it is disgusting to spend one’s life shoveling up hot turds is a piece of imbecility.  A man can get to love shit if his livelihood depends on it, if his happiness is involved.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Source: Tropic of Cancer

Contributed by: Bill

A Quote by Henry Miller

When we get to the Place Péreire I jump out. No particular reason for getting off here. No particular reason for anything. I'm free - that's the main thing.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Source: Tropic of Cancer

Contributed by: Bill

A Quote by Henry Miller

There was nothing I wished to do which I could just as well not do... Everyone around me was a failure, or if not a failure, ridiculous. Especially the successful ones. The successful ones bored me to tears.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Source: Tropic of Capricorn

Contributed by: Bill

A Quote by Henry Miller

I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Source: Tropic of Cancer

Contributed by: Bill

A Quote by Henry Miller on life, living, and aim of life

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Contributed by: Ola

A Quote by Henry Miller on darkness, experience, growth, and spontaneity

All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Henry Miller on home and spirit

Greece is the home of the gods; they may have died but their presence still makes itself felt. The gods were of human proportion: they were created out of the human spirit.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Source: The Colossus of Maroussi, 1941, pt. III

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Henry Miller on contentment, leadership, and needs

The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Henry Miller on world

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The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

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