Quotations From HENRY MILLER
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The world is the mirror of myself dying.Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Third or Fourth Day of Spring," Black Spring (1936).
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 (1891-1980), U.S. author. Letter, March 1939, to author Lawrence Durrell. Published in The Durrell-Miller Letters 1935-1980 (1988). Written shortly after the Nazis had marched into Czechoslovakia.
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), U.S. author. The World of Sex, p. 105 (1940, repr. 1970).
I see America spreading disaster. I see America as a black curse upon the world. I see a long night settling in and that mushroom which has poisoned the world withering at the roots.Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Third or Fourth Day of Spring," Black Spring (1936).
The American ideal is youthhandsome, empty youth.Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Wisdom of the Heart, "Raimu," (1947). "In America," Miller explained, "youth means simply athleticism, disrespect, gangsterism, or sickly idealism expressing itself through thinly disguised and badly digested social science theories acted out by idiots who are desperadoes at heart."
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The loss of sex polarity is part and parcel of the larger disintegration, the reflex of the soul's death, and coincident with the disappearance of great men, great deeds, great causes, great wars, etc.Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Universe of Death," The Cosmological Eye (1939).
To live without killing is a thought which could electrify the world, if men were only capable of staying awake long enough to let the idea soak in.Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Reunion in Brooklyn," Sunday After the War (1944).
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We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it it means danger, revolution, anarchy.Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "Good News! God Is Love!" The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).
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There is nothing strange about fear: no matter in what guise it presents itself it is something with which we are all so familiar that when a man appears who is without it we are at once enslaved by him.Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "The Enormous Womb," The Wisdom of the Heart (1947).
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In expanding the field of knowledge, we but increase the horizon of ignorance.Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. The Wisdom of the Heart, title essay (1947).
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