Henry Miller Quotes

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An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
[Art] [Henry Miller]

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Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. . .The other eight are unimportant
[Sex] [Henry Miller]

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The City of New York is like an enormous citadel, a modern Carcassonne. Walking between the magnificent skyscrapers one feels the presence on the fringe of a howling, raging mob, a mob with empty bellies, a mob unshaven and in rags.
[America And Americans] [Henry Miller]

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The only peace, the only security, is in fulfillment.
[Henry Miller] [Peace Of Mind]

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The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.
[Henry Miller] [Mac Miller Snap Back]

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Sin, guilt, neurosis; they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge.
[Henry Miller] [Mac Miller Snap Back]

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The concert is a polite form of self induced torture.
[Henry Miller] [Mac Miller Snap Back]

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The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.
[Henry Miller] [Mac Miller Snap Back]

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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.
[Henry Miller] [Mac Miller Snap Back]

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Life is 440 horsepower in a 2-cylinder engine.
[Henry Miller] [Mac Miller Snap Back]

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I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather as prematurely old, as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen.
[Henry Miller] [Mac Miller Snap Back]

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If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
[Henry Miller] [Mac Miller Snap Back]

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In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase the horizon of ignorance.
[Henry Miller] [Mac Miller Snap Back]

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Civilization is drugs, alcohol, engines of war, prostitution, machines and machine slaves, low wages, bad food, bad taste, prisons, reformatories, lunatic asylums, divorce, perversion, brutal sports, suicides, infanticide, cinema, quackery, demagogy, strikes, lockouts, revolutions, putsches, colonization, electric chairs, guillotines, sabotage, floods, famine, disease, gangsters, money barons, horse racing, fashion shows, poodle dogs, chow dogs, Siamese cats, condoms, peccaries, syphilis, gonorrhea, insanity, neuroses, etc., etc.
[Money] [Henry Miller]

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I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.
[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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And for that one moment of freedom you have to listen to all that love crap... it drive me nuts sometimes... I want to kick them out immediately... I do now and then. But that doesn't keep them away. They like it, in fact. The less you notice them the more they chase after you. There's something perverse about women... they're all masochists at heart.
[Women] [Relationships] [Henry Miller] [Masochism]

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A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation... A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.
[Henry Miller]

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She rises up out of a sea of faces and embraces me, embraces me passionately--- a thousand eyes, noses, fingers, legs, bottles, windows, purses, saucers all glaring at us an we in each other's arm oblivious. I sit down beside her and she talks--- a flood of talk. Wild consumptive notes of hysteria, perversion, leprosy. I hear not a word because she is beautiful and I love her and now I am happy and willing to die.
[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]