Henry Miller

1891 - 1980

A Quote by Henry Miller on culture, destruction, earth, learning, lies, tragedy, and vision

Until he [man] has become fully human, until he learns to conduct himself as a member of the earth, he will continue to create gods who will destroy him. The tragedy of Greece lies not in the destruction of a great culture but in the abortion of a great vision.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

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

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A Quote by Henry Miller on force and needs

Whatever needs to be maintained through force is doomed.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

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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)

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A Quote by Henry Miller on thinking

Nine-tenths of our sickness can be prevented by right thinking plus right hygiene - nine-tenths of it!

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

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A Quote by Henry Miller on bliss, good, happiness, justice, and understanding

It's good to be just plain happy; it's a little better to know that you're happy; but to understand that you're happy and to know why and how . . . and still be happy, be happy in the being and the knowing, well that is beyond happiness, that is bliss.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Source: The Colossus of Maroussi, 1941, pt. 1

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A Quote by Henry Miller on acceptance, beauty, defeat, discipline, evil, joy, life, mind, pain, strength, and vision

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to,everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil,can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

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A Quote by Henry Miller on fear, hope, and losing

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 (1891 - 1980)

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A Quote by Henry Miller on belief, day, and men

If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

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

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A Quote by Henry Miller on direction, limits, and men

When you know what men are capable of you marvel neither at their sublimity nor their baseness. There are no limits in either direction apparently.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

Source: The Air-Conditioned Nightmare

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A Quote by Henry Miller on confusion, inventions, order, and understanding

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980)

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