One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.— Henry Miller
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If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.
Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring.
In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase the horizon of ignorance.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.
A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.
Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.
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• Quotes about Life
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things
I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.
Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything -- except his own nature.
No one asks you to throw Mozart out of the window.
Keep Mozart. Cherish him. Keep Moses too, and Buddha and Lao Tzu and Christ. Keep them in your heart. But make room for the others, the coming ones, the ones who are already scratching on the window-panes.
Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.
It's good to be just plain happy, it's a little better to know that you're happy; but to understand that you're happy and to know why and how and still be happy, be happy in the being and the knowing, well that is beyond happiness, that is bliss.
All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.
Why are we so full of restraint? Why do we not give in all directions? Is it fear of losing ourselves? Until we do lose ourselves there is no hope of finding ourselves.
To have her here in bed with me, breathing on me, her hair in my mouth—I count that something of a miracle.
The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.
True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.
The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith.
Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.
If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.
Develop an interest in life as you see it;
the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
An artist is always alone -- if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.
Everything hinges on how you look at things
Whatever needs to be maintained through force is doomed.
Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.
Life is 440 horsepower in a 2-cylinder engine.
One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
When you come, please be so kind as to check your neuroses and psychoses at the gate... Fans and other obnoxious pests would do well to maintain silence.
Honest criticism means nothing: what one wants is unrestrained passion, fire for fire.
Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.
What distinguishes the majority of men from the few is their inability to act according to their beliefs.
We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor.
When the rich fly it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy.
To be silent the whole day long, see no newspaper, hear no radio, listen to no gossip, be thoroughly and completely lazy, thoroughly and completely indifferent to the fate of the world is the finest medicine a man can give himself.
The art of living is based on rhythm - on give & take, ebb & flow, light & dark, life & death. By acceptance of all aspects of life, good & bad, right & wrong, yours & mine, the static, defensive life, which is what most people are cursed with, is converted into a dance, 'the dance of life,' metamorphosis.
Dedication is not what others expect of you, it is what you can give to others.
Real love is never perplexed, never qualifies, never rejects, never demands.
It replenishes, by grace of restoring unlimited circulation. It burns, because it knows the true meaning of sacrifice. It is life illuminated.
One of the reasons why so few of us ever act, instead of react, is because we are continually stifling our deepest impulses.
A man writes to throw off the poison which he has accumulated because of his false way of life. He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing (by writing) is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment. No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in.
A man of good will with a little effort and belief in his own powers can enjoy a deep, tranquil, rich life - provided he go his own way.... To live one's own life is still the best way of life, always was and always will be.
Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.
Your whole past is like a long sleep which would have been forgotten had there been no memory, but remembrance is there in the blood and the blood is like an ocean in which everything is washed away but that which is new and more substantial even than life - reality.
Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you in the ass to make you do it.
The tragedy of it is that nobody sees the look of desperation on my face.
Thousands and thousands of us, and we're passing one another without a look of recognition.
I felt free and chained at the same time - like one feels just before election, when all the crooks have been nominated and you are beseeched to vote for the right man.
The real leader has no need to lead -- he is content to point the way.
The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way.
I see America spreading disaster. I see America as a black curse upon the world. I see a long night settling in and that mushroom which has poisoned the world withering at the roots.