Henry Miller quotes

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.”

Henry Miller

“A good meal, a good talk, a good fuck--what better way to pass the day?”

Henry Miller Quiet Days in Clichy

“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.”

Henry Miller

“Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you in the ass to make you do it.”

Henry Miller

“Do not be duped by little duties. Do not be a chore man all your days.”

Henry Miller

“Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.”

Henry Miller

“Everybody says sex is obscene. The only true obscenity is war.”

Henry Miller

“Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.”

Henry Miller

“I made up my mind that I would hold onto nothing, that I would expect nothing.”

Henry Miller Tropic of Cancer

“If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.”

Henry Miller

“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.”

Henry Miller

“Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.”

Henry Miller

“One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

Henry Miller

“The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough of is love.”

Henry Miller

“The real leader has no need to lead. He is content to point the way.”

Henry Miller

“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.”

Henry Miller

“There is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy.”

Henry Miller

“We create our fate every day... Most of the ills we suffer from are directly traceable to our own behavior.”

Henry Miller

“What holds the world together, as I have learned from bitter experience, is sexual intercourse.”

Henry Miller

“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.”

Henry Miller

“What's a fuck when what I want is love?”

Henry Miller

“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