Henry Miller quotes, from The Way of Wonder
    Although Henry Miller was well known for his raucus, libertine, and sexually explicit writing and lifestyle, he was also one of the most lucid spiritual and awe-inspired authors of the twentieth century. Have a look at the quotes from Miller below, taken from The Way of Wonder: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas, and we think you'll find a different Henry Miller than you ever knew existed.
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“There was something beyond clarity here- it was magic. ...it was extraordinary. And the reason...was because I was just ignorant enough to be susceptible to that which is lost in the fine meshes of order and clarity.”
“Understanding is not a piercing of the mystery, but an acceptance of it, a living blissfully with it,
in it, through and by it.”
“The task of genius, and man is nothing if not genius, is to keep the miracle alive, to live always in the miracle, to make the miracle more and more miraculous, to swear allegiance to nothing, but live only miraculously, think only miraculously, die miraculously.”
“You beg me to come closer to the heart of our subject. What is our subject if not the grievous effect of knowledge.”
“From the day we went to school we learned nothing;  on the contrary, we were made obtuse,
we were wrapped in a fog of words and abstractions.”
“This is a mania- explaining things. It goes with a certain type of mind which I abhor. And always leaves me with the feeling that nothing is explained, that we are simply eating into a hole. ...The good thinkers are a race apart and they leave a bad smell behind them. You think perhaps they penetrated a little further into the unknown than the ordinary fellow? That is a great falsehood. The unknown is a constant and the advances we make into it are illusory. I love the unknown precisely because it is a 'beyond', because it is impenetrable.”
“I grow more ignorant every day- purposely so!”
“For reality is the goal, deny it how we will. And we can approach it only by an ever-expanding consciousness, by burning more and more brightly, until even memory itself vanishes.”
“...one thing became very clear and that was that there were ways of not understanding and that the difference between the non-understanding of one individual and the non-understanding of another created a world of terra firma even more solid than differences of understanding.”
“Before the immensity of mystery one stands like a centipede that feels the ground slipping beneath its feet. Every door that opens leads to a greater void. One must swim like a star in the trackless ocean. One must have the patience of radium buried beneath a Himalayan peak.”
“To become the great lover, the magnetizer and catalyzer, the blinding focus and inspiration of the world, one has to first experience the profound wisdom of being an utter fool.”
“Abandoning the cunning instruments of the mind with which he had vainly hoped to pierce the mystery, he now stands before the veil of creation naked and awe-struck. He divines what is in store for him. Everything becomes personal in a new sense. He becomes himself a new person.”
“The disorientation and reorientation which comes with the initiation into any mystery is the most wonderful experience which it is possible to have. Everything which the brain has labored for a lifetime to assimilate, categorize and synthesize has to be taken apart and reordered. Moving day for the soul!”
“I had to grow foul with knowledge, realize the futility of everything, smash everything, grow desperate, then humble, then sponge myself off the slate, as it were, in order to recover my authenticity. I had to arrive at the brink and then take a leap in the dark.”
“No matter what you touch and you wish to know about, you end up in a sea of mystery. …it's like the essence, isn't that right, it remains. This is the greatest damn thing about the universe. That we can know so much, recognize so much, dissect, do everything, and we can't grasp it. And it's meant to be that way, do y'know. … It's all mystery.”
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