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Henry Miller
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For there is only one great adventure and that is inward toward the self, and for that, time nor space nor even deeds matter. Henry Miller
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Hitler is no worse, nay better, in my opinion, than the other lugs. He makes the German mistake of being tactless, that's all. Henry Miller
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I had to learn to think, feel, and see in a totally new fashion, in an uneducated way, in my own way, which is the hardest thing in the world. I had to throw myself into the current, knowing that I would probably sink. Henry Miller
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Those interested in celestial navigation are advised to first obtain a rudimentary knowledge of integral calculus, phlebotomy, astral physics and related subjects. The use of liquor is strictly forbidden on interplanetary flights. Henry Miller
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People used to envy me my inspiration. I hate inspiration. It takes you over completely. I could never wait until it passed and I got rid of it. Henry Miller
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It's silly to go on pretending that under the skin we are all brothers. The truth is more likely that under the skin we are all cannibals, assassins, traitors, liars, hypocrites, poltroons. Henry Miller
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I too love everything that flows: rivers, sewers, lava, semen, blood, bile, words, sentences. I love the amniotic fluid when it spills out of the bag. I love the kidney with it's painful gall-stones, it's gravel and what-not; I love the urine that pours out scalding and the clap that runs endlessly; I love the words of hysterics and the sentences that flow on like dysentery and mirror all the sick images of the soul... Henry Miller
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But it's just because the chances are all against you, just because there is so little hope, that life is sweet over here. Henry Miller
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Giving and receiving are at bottom one thing, dependent on whether one lives open or closed. Living openly one becomes a medium, a transmitter; living thus, as a river, one experiences life to the full, flows along with the current of life, and dies in order to live again as an ocean. Henry Miller
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One of the reasons why so few of us ever act, instead of react, is because we are continually stifling our deepest impulses. Henry Miller
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Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire. Henry Miller
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It is the American vice, the democratic disease which expresses its tyranny by reducing everything unique to the level of the herd. Henry Miller
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Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement. Henry Miller
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Whatever needs to be maintained through force is doomed. Henry Miller
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In the beginning was the Word. Man acts it out. He is the act, not the actor. Henry Miller
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The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. Henry Miller
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We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy. Henry Miller
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The imperfections of a man, his frailties, his faults, are just as important as his virtues. You can't separate them. They're wedded. Henry Miller
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The moment one is on the side of life peace and security drop out of consciousness. The only peace, the only security, is in fulfillment. Henry Miller
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I had to learn, as I soon did, that one must give up everything and not do anything else but write, that one must writer and write and write, even if everybody in the world advises you against it, even if nobody believes in you. Henry Miller
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The most difficult thing to adjust to, apparently, is peace and contentment. Henry Miller
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The imperfections of a man, his frailties, his faults, are just as important as his virtues.You can't separate them. They're wedded. Henry Miller
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Many is the mirage I chased. Always I was overreaching myself. The oftener I touched reality, the harder I bounced back to the world of illusion, which is the name for everyday life. Henry Miller
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Who but the artist has the power to open man up, to set free the imagination? The others - priest, teacher, saint, statesman, warrior - hold us to the path of history. They keep us chained to the rock, that the vultures may eat out our hearts. It is the artist who has the courage to go against the crowd; he is the unrecognized "hero of our time" - and of all time. Henry Miller
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I made up my mind that I would hold onto nothing, that I would expect nothing. Henry Miller
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If I am against the condition of the world it is not because I am a moralist, it is because I want to laugh more. I don't say that God is one grand laugh: I say that you've got to laugh hard before you can get anywhere near God. My whole aim in life is to get near to God, that is, to get nearer to myself. That's why it doesn't matter to me what road I take. But music is very important. Music is a tonic for the pineal gland. Music isn't Bach or Beethoven; music is the can opener of the soul. It makes you terribly quiet inside, makes you aware that there's a roof to your being. Henry Miller
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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
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I see myself forever and ever as the ridiculous man, the lonely soul, the wanderer, the restless frustrated artist, the man in love with love, always in search of the absolute, always seeking the unattainable Henry Miller
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Man, as man, has never realized himself. The greater part of him, his potential being, has always been submerged. What is history if not the endless story of his repeated failures? Henry Miller
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Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Henry Miller
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The light of Greece opened my eyes, penetrated my pores, expanded my whole being. Henry Miller
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To the man whose senses are alive and alert there is not even the need to stir from one's threshold. Henry Miller
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We must get going. Tomorrow, tomorrow... Henry Miller
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I demanded a realm in which I should be both master and slave at the same time: The world of art is the only such realm. Henry Miller
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Prayers are offered up daily - without charge... Refreshments are served when demanded. Henry Miller
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There is something else to be said about this immediate, spontaneous way of working, and that is this: in such moments, one is playing at the game of creation. Henry Miller
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Often, when following the trail which meanders over the hills, I pull myself up in an effort to encompass the glory and the grandeur which envelops the whole horizon. Often, when the clouds pile up in the north and the sea is churned with white caps, I say to myself: "This is the California that men dreamed of years ago, this is the Pacific that Balboa looked out on from the Peak of Darien, this is the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look. Henry Miller
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The world isn't kept running because it's a paying proposition. (God doesn't make a cent on the deal.) The world goes on because a few men in every generation believe in it utterly, accept it unquestioningly; they underwrite it with their lives. Henry Miller
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The world is two thirds spaghetti and meatballs, one third syphilitic chancre. Henry Miller
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I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company. Henry Miller
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On the meridian of time, there is no injustice: there is only the poetry of motion creating the illusion of truth and drama. Henry Miller
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The essential thing is to WANT to sing. This then is a song. I am singing. Henry Miller
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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
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No one asks you to throw Mozart out of the window. Keep Mozart. Cherish him. Keep Moses too, and Buddha and Lao Tzu and Christ. Keep them in your heart. But make room for the others, the coming ones, the ones who are already scratching on the window-panes. Henry Miller
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I'm delirious because I'm dying so fast. Henry Miller
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An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness. Henry Miller
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Until we accept the fact that life itself is founded in mystery, we shall learn nothing. Henry Miller
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The world is the mirror of myself dying. Henry Miller
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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
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No matter how vast, how total, the failure of man here on earth, the work of man will be resumed elsewhere. War leaders talk of resuming operations on this front and that, but man's front embraces the whole universe. Henry Miller
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I am living at the Villa Borghese. There is not a crumb of dirt anywhere, nor a chair misplaced. We are all alone here and we are dead. Henry Miller
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Side by side with the human race there runs another race of beings, the inhuman ones, the race of artists who, goaded by unknown impulses, take the lifeless mass of humanity and by the fever and ferment with which they imbue it turn this soggy dough into bread and the bread into wine and the wine into song. Henry Miller
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I have made a silent compact with myself not to change a line of what I write. I am not interested in perfecting my thoughts, nor my actions. Henry Miller
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Let me be, was all I wanted. Be what I am, no matter how I am. Henry Miller
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The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love. Henry Miller
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One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. Henry Miller
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This is not a book. This is libel, slander, defamation of character. This is not a book, in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of Art, a kick in the pants to God, Man, Destiny, Time, Love, Beauty... what you will. Henry Miller
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I knew I wouldn't ever trade all this whirling about my head for Russia or heaven or anything on earth. Henry Miller
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I soon learned that one must give up everything and not do anything else but write, that one must write write write. Henry Miller
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I took care of my wheel as one would look after a Rolls Royce. If it needed repairs I always brought it to the same shop on Myrtle Avenue run by a negro named Ed Perry. He handled the bike with kid gloves, you might say. He would always see to it that neither front nor back wheel wobbled. Often he would do a job for me without pay, because, as he put it, he never saw a man so in love with his bike as I was. Henry Miller
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I feel that America is essentially against the artist, that the enemy of America is the artist, because he stands for individuality and creativeness, and that's un-American somehow. Henry Miller
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I wanted to die; I wanted to surrender because I saw no sense in struggling. I felt that nothing would be proved, substantiated, added or subtracted by continuing an existence which I had not asked for. Henry Miller
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Of course you don't die. Nobody dies. Death doesn't exist. You only reach a new level of vision, a new realm of consciousness, a new unknown world. Henry Miller
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The man who is intoxicated with life does not pass judgment, does not seek to come to a conclusion, does not impose his message on the world. Henry Miller
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You have to write a million words before you find your voice as a writer. Henry Miller
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Words, sentences, ideas, no matter how subtle or ingenious, the maddest flights of poetry, the most profound dreams, the most hallucinating visions, are but crude hieroglyphs chiseled in pain and sorrow to commemorate an event which is untransmissible. Henry Miller
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'Life', said Emerson, "consists in what a man is thinking all day." If that be so, then my life is nothing but a big intestine. Henry Miller
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Even if one's whole life were a mistake, there is always time to change. Henry Miller
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Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. The adventure is a metaphysical one: it is a way of approaching life indirectly, of acquiring a total rather than a partial view of the universe. The writer lives between the upper and lower worlds: he takes the path in order eventually to become the path himself. Henry Miller
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All growth is a leap in the dark. Henry Miller
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