I'll confess that I never made it very far into Henry Miller’s canon. As Big Sur residents go, Kerouac is more my style.
However, Henry Miller may be one of the most quotable writers I’ve ever encountered. Up there with Twain, Emerson, and Vonnegut. I love his empowered take on life.
So, on the occasion of Henry Miller’s birthday, here are a handful of my favorite quotes from a man known to be obsessed with sex, but obviously in touch with so much more.
“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”
"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
“Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. The adventure is a metaphysical one: it is a way of approaching life indirectly, of acquiring a total rather than a partial view of the universe. The writer lives between the upper and lower worlds: he takes the path in order eventually to become that path himself. From the very beginning almost I was deeply aware that there is no goal. I never hope to embrace the whole, but merely to give in each separate fragment, each work, the feeling of the whole as I go on, because I am digging deeper and deeper into life, digging deeper and deeper into past and future. With the endless burrowing a certitude develops which is greater than faith or belief. I become more and more indifferent to my fate, as writer, and more and more certain of my destiny as a man.”