Henry Miller, famous and inspirational quotes

 

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The following famous and inspirational quotes are excerpted from:

 

THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas

 

 

 

 

 

“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.”

Henry Miller

 

“Understanding is not a piercing of the mystery, but an acceptance of it, a living blissfully with it,

in it, through and by it.”

Henry Miller

 

“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.”

Henry Miller

 

“You beg me to come closer to the heart of our subject. What is our subject if not the grievous effect of knowledge.”

Henry Miller

 

“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.”

Henry Miller

 

“...a writer could completely baffle a psychologist; not only that, but that he was more of a psychologist than the other since he ramified the mysteries, extended them, developed them, and left the answers to go hang, because the answers weren't important, it was the drama, the mystery, the undecipherable pattern that was vital.”

Henry Miller

 

“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.”

Henry Miller

 

“...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.”

Henry Miller

 

“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.”

Henry Miller

 

“I am sure that in certain quarters the myth will come true, that here and there a link will be found between the unknown men we were and the unknown men we are, that the confusion of the past will be marked by a greater confusion to come, and that it is only the tumult and confusion which is of importance and that we must get down and worship it.”

Henry Miller

 

“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.”

Henry Miller

 

“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.”

Henry Miller

 

“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!”

 Henry Miller

 

“...the whole terrain founders, the soil underfoot is afloat,

the constellations are shaken loose from their moorings,

the whole known universe, including the imperishable self,

starts moving silently, ominously, shudderingly serene

and unconcerned, toward an unknown, unseen destination.”

Henry Miller

 

“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.”

Henry Miller

 

“I love everything that flows, everything that has time in it and becoming, that brings us back to the beginning where there is never end…all that is fluid, melting, dissolute and dissolvent, all the pus and dirt that in flowing is purified, that loses its sense of origin, that makes the great circuit towards death and dissolution. The great incestuous wish is to flow on, one with time, to merge the great image of the beyond with the here and now. A fatuous, suicidal wish that is constipated by words and paralyzed by thought.”

Henry Miller

 

“At the foot of the ladder reaching to the moon, Auguste would sit in contemplation, his smile fixed, his thoughts far away. This simulation of ecstasy, which he had brought to perfection, always impressed the audience as the summation of the incongruous. The great favorite had many tricks up his sleeve but this one was inimitable. Never before had a buffoon thought to depict the miracle of ascension.”

Henry Miller

 

“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.”

Henry Miller

 

“...what happened to me is- I became an angel.”

Henry Miller  

 

“My plan, then, in so far as the negation of all effort and purpose may be said to be a plan, is to stop evolving, to remain what I am and to become more and more only what I am- that is, to become more miraculous.”

Henry Miller

 

 

If you are interested in books by Henry Miller, take a look at these books which are highly suggested reading:

 

 

 

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