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Henry Miller Quotes

Henry Miller
The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face. Thousands and thousands of us, and we're passing one another without a look of recognition.
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#American Author #Desperation

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Who hates the Jews more than the Jew?
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#Judaism And Jews

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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.
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#Civilization #Alcohol And Alcoholism

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Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
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#American Author #Criticism

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Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring, through obeying the blind urge
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#Life #Motivational #Progress

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What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their ability to act according to their beliefs
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#Ability

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Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. 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.
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#Life

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One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
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#American Author

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One has to be a lowbrow, a bit of a murderer, to be a politician, ready and willing to see people sacrificed, slaughtered, for the sake of an idea, whether a good one or a bad one.
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#American Author

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Men are not suffering from the lack of good literature, good art, good theatre, good music, but from that which has made it impossible for these to become manifest. In short, they are suffering from the silent shameful conspiracy (the more shameful since it is unacknowledged) which has bound them together as enemies of art and artists.
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#Culture #Art

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Example moves the world more than doctrine. The great exemplars are the poets of action, and it makes little difference whether they be forces for good or forces for evil.
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#Action #American Author

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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.
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#American Author

Henry Miller
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.
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#Innovation

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The legal system is often a mystery, and we, its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday citizens.
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#American Author #Mystery

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Sin, guilt, neurosis /they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge.
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#Guilt

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Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music-the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
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#Interest

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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.
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#American Author #Earth

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We do not talk - we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests.
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#American Author #Facts

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Fame is an illusive thing / here today, gone tomorrow. The fickle, shallow mob raises its heroes to the pinnacle of approval today and hurls them into oblivion tomorrow at the slightest whim; cheers today, hisses tomorrow; utter forgetfulness in a few months.
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#Fame

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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.
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#American Author