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HENRY MILLER
American novelist
(1891 - 1980)
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All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
      - [Growth]

Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to enduring fact of mystery.
      - [Philosophy]

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.
      - [Art]

Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.
      - [Chaos]

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not yet understood.
      - [Confusion]

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

Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
      - [Vision]

If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.
      - [Belief]

In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase the horizon of ignorance.
      - [Ignorance]

Infinity is the retirement in which perfect love and wisdom only dwell with God. In infinity and eternity the skeptic sees an abyss in which all is lost. I see in them the residence of Almighty power, in which my reason and my wishes find equally a firm support. Here, holding by the pillars of heaven, I exist--I stand fast.
      - [Infinite]

Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.
      - [Life]

Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.
      - [Music]

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely divinely aware.
      - [Life]

The real leader has no need to lead he is content to point the way.
      - [Leaders]

We create our fate every day we live.
      - [Fate]

What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their ability to act according to their beliefs.
      - [Belief]

Whatever needs to be maintained through force is doomed.
      - [Force]

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.
      - The Books in My Life [Difficulties]

Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.
      - Tropic of Cancer [Knowledge]

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.
      - Tropic of Cancer [Books (First Lines)]

Once you have given up the ghost, everything follows with dead certainty, even in the midst of chaos.
      - Tropic of Capricorn [Books (First Lines)]


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