When one is trying to do something beyond his known powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends. Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.

Henry Miller

Henry Miller

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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Everybody is giving birth to something - everybody but the lesbian in the upper tier. Her head is uptilted, her throat wide open; she is all alert and tingling with the shower of sparks that burst from the radium symphony. Jupiter is piercing her ears.

For there is only one great adventure and that is inward toward the self, and for that, time nor space nor even deeds matter.

Paint what you like and die happy.

And no one sets about saving the world unless he has first experienced the miracle of personal salvation.

When you can't create, you can work.

We are all alone here and we are dead.

It does me good to write a letter which is not a response to a demand, a gratuitous letter, so to speak, which has accumulated in me like the waters of a reservoir.

Everything that belongs to the past seems to have fallen into the sea; I have memories, but the images have lost their vividness, they seem dead and desultory, like time - bitten mummies stuck in a quagmire.

Everybody becomes a healer the moment he forgets about himself.

Every time you come to the limit of what is demanded of you, you are faced with the same problem-to be yourself!

Paris is like a whore. From a distance she seems ravishing, you can't wait until you have her in your arms. And five minutes later you feel empty, disgusted with yourself. You feel tricked.

It has been that way ever since the Greeks—a blind fuck in the mud and then a quick spawn and then death.

America is the very incarnation of doom. She will drag the whole world down to the bottomless pit.

The odalisques he has studded with malachite and jasper, their flesh veiled with a thousand eyes, perfumed eyes dipped in the sperm of whales.