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Henry Miller was a famous American author and poet. He is best known for his book Tropic of Cancer which was banned in the United States on the grounds of obscenity. He is often referred to as one of the most influential writers in 20th-century literature. His works have had a significant influence on post-World War II fiction, poetry, art, and philosophy.
Henry Miller rose to prominence in Paris before moving to New York City in 1934, where he wrote prolifically until his death in 1980.
Check out his famous and inspiring quotes because they’re sure to make you feel bright and encouraged.
43 Most Inspirational Henry Miller Quotes
“Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring.”
“We create our fate every day … most of the ills we suffer from are directly traceable to our own behavior.”
“One of the reasons why so few of us ever act, instead of react, is because we are continually stifling our deepest impulses.”
“Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything godlike about God, it is that. He dared to imagine everything ”
“If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.”
“Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.”
“Remorse is impotence, it will sin again. Only repentance is strong, it can end everything.”
“People are like lice – they get under your skin and bury themselves there. You scratch and scratch until the blood comes, but you can’t get permanently deloused.”
“Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.”
“I made up my mind that I would hold onto nothing, that I would expect nothing.”
“Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you in the ass to make you do it.”
“The only peace, the only security, is in fulfillment.”
“Everyone has his own reality in which, if one is not too cautious, timid, or frightened, one swims. This is the only reality there is.”
“In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest. ”
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
“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.”
“I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.”
“We create our fate every day we live. ”
“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.”
“Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.”
“The moment one gives a close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world unto itself.”
“True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.”
“To be joyous is to be a madman in a world of sad ghosts.”
“I found that what I had desired all my life was not to live – if what others are doing is called living – but to express myself.”
“I’m an egotist, but I’m not selfish. There’s a difference.
“Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.”
“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.”
“No sorrows, no regrets. No past, no future. The present is enough for me. Day by day. Today!”
“The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.”
“The world is not to be put in order. The world is order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order. ”
“The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference.”
“The man who is forever disturbed about the condition of humanity either has no problems of his own or has refused to face them.”
“Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.”
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. ”
“Everybody says sex is obscene. The only true obscenity is war.”
“It is with the soul that we grasp the essence of another human being, not with the mind, nor even with the heart.”
“Everyone has his own reality in which, if one is not too cautious, timid or frightened, one swims.
“When you surrender, the problem ceases to exist. Try to solve it, or conquer it, and you only set up more resistance.
“No man is great enough or wise enough for any of us to surrender our destiny to. The only way in which anyone can lead us is to restore to us the belief in our own guidance.”
“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
“Let me be, was all I wanted. Be what I am, no matter how I am.”
“Every man has his own destiny; the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.”
“An artist is always alone – if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
“Surely everyone realizes, at some point along the way, that he is capable of living a far better life than the one he has chosen.”