Saturday, December 26, 2009

Meandering about . . .

Today is the birthday of Henry Valentine Miller (December 26, 1891 – June 7, 1980), novelist and painter. He is best known as the author of Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. Here is another author whose books were banned.

"I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive." - Henry Miller

"What an astounding thing is the voice! By what miracle is the hot magma of the earth transformed into that which we call speech? If out of clay such an abstract medium as words can be shaped what is to hinder us from leaving our bodies at will and taking up our abode on other planets or between the planets? What is to prevent us from rearranging all life, atomic, molecular, corporeal, stellar, diving? Who or what is powerful enough to eradicate this miraculous leaven which we bear within us like a seed and which, after we have embraced in our mind all the universe, is nothing more than a seed — since to say universe is as easy as to say seed, and we have yet to say greater things, things beyond saying, things limitless and inconceivable, things which no trick of language can encompass." - Henry Miller

"Do anything, but let it produce joy. Do anything, but let it yield ecstasy." - Henry Miller

"Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery." - Henry Miller

"One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things." - Henry Miller

Miller image source (1)

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