Character of the week: Henry Miller

Example moves the world more than doctrine. Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.

Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself.

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. In the attempt to defeat death man has been inevitably obliged to defeat life, for the two are inextricably related. Life moves on to death, and to deny one is to deny the other.

Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines – these are of trifling import. One of the reasons why so few of us ever act, instead of react, is because we are continually stifling our deepest impulses. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm.
Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything. The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his limbs in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain or trouble.

Henry Valentine Miller (26 December 1891 – 7 June 1980) was an American novelist and painter. He was known for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new sort of ‘novel’ that is a mixture of novel, autobiography, social criticism, philosophical reflection, surrealist free association, and mysticism. For the author of this blog, he is one of the best writers of the XX Century

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PORTUGUES

Desejo dar uma volta por aquelas altas e áridas cordilheiras de montanhas onde se morre de sede e frio, por aquela história “extratemporal”, aquele absoluto de tempo e espaço onde não existe homem, nem fera, nem vegetação, onde se fica louco de solidão, com linguagem que é de meras palavras, onde tudo é desengachado, desengrenado, sem articulação com os tempos.

Desejo um mundo de homens e mulheres, de árvores que não falem (porque já existe conversa demais no mundo!) de rios que levem a gente a lugares, não rios que sejam lendas, mas rios que ponham a gente em contato com outros homens e mulheres, com arquitetura, religião, plantas, animais – rios que tenham barcos e nos quais os homens se afoguem, mas não se afoguem no mito e lenda e nos livros e poeira do passado, mas no tempo e no espaço e na história.

Desejo rios que façam oceanos como Shakespeare e Dante, rios que não se sequem no vazio do passado. Oceanos sim! Tenhamos novos oceanos que apaguem o passado, oceanos que criem novas formações geológicas, novas vistas topográficas e continentes estranhos, aterrizadores, oceanos que destruam e preservem ao mesmo tempo, oceanos nos quais possamos navegar, partir para novas descobertas, novos horizontes. Tenhamos mais oceanos, mais convulsões, mais guerras, mais holocaustos. Tenhamos um mundo de homens e mulheres com dínamos entre as pernas, um mundo de fúria natural, de paixão, ação, drama, sonhos, loucura, um mundo que produza extâse e não peidos secos. Creio hoje mais do que nunca é preciso procurar um livro ainda que de uma só grande página: precisamos procurar fragmentos, lascas, unhas dos dedos dos pés, tudo quanto contenha minério, tudo quanto seja capaz de ressuscitar o corpo e a alma.

Henry Valentine Miller (Manhattan, New York, 26 de Dezembro de 1891– Los Angeles, 7 de Junho de 1980), Muitas vezes lembrado como escritor pornográfico, é para o autor deste blog um dos maiores escritores do século XX. Há um filme ficcional sobre o período da vida em que eles se conheceram, Henry and June, baseado nos diários de Anaïs.

Comments

  1. Henry Miller é sensacional…. o estilo narrativo e com uma explicação que parece uma mistura ficcional com realidade, como um diário estranho e mítico confessando os abusos e a vida de um homem sonhador num mundo tão estranho como o nosso. Místico e sensacional. Tanto quando o mestre Borges.

  2. Mariazinha says:

    Mto bom!
    Gosto qdo vc coloca textos de outros grandes escritores.
    Conheci autores maravilhosos por suas indicações.

    Gosto tanto de vc, amigo guerreiro!

    Que Deus cubra vc, sua mulher, e todos aqueles que vc ama, de muitas bençãos!

    bjos!

  3. mari raphael says:

    Eu também acho-o maravilhoso.
    Ele deixa a Alma viver, gritar,falar…….

  4. Suresh Mendon says:

    Hi Paulo,

    This is my first to you. I just want to say one thing that your book “THE ALCHEMIST” changed my perception in many things on this world. Well i’m experiencing it and enjoying it. Soon i will make an animated book of yours in an electronic led screens with hard disk attach to that. But i need your support and blessings coz this is my dream project. ba bye and take care :)

  5. Miss Coelho says:

    I love his abstract art work. Reminds me of Kandinsky and Picasso. All good art work comes from a create mind. It stands to reason therefore that his written work is also.

  6. Virginia says:

    HENRY MILLER :He was known for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new sort of ‘novel’ that is a mixture of novel, autobiography, social criticism, philosophical reflection, surrealist free association, and mysticism.
    PAULO COELHO: He is known for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new sort of ‘novel’ that is a mixture of novel, autobiography, social criticism, philosophical reflection, surrealist free association, and mysticism.

  7. Olta Ana says:

    Querido Paulo, no me gusta ser fuera de el tema, pero quise que tu vieras esto:

    http://www.hermesnews.org/articoli/16618-paulo-Coelho-takim.asp

    Un beso!

    1. Olta Ana says:

      I am glad that you liked that Paulo, and from what I can see people like it too. I hope that just in case that U have used google translate, you could understand what was written there, because I saw it in English and Portuguese and I noticed the little messes that google translate can make. :P
      Anyway if you want me to translate it for you, I can do that too.
      Have a GREAT evening Paulo! ;D
      Love
      Olta

  8. Mamuka Melkadze (Georgia) says:

    This is great article…
    I found extremely encouraging qoutes that must be taken into the consideration in everyday life…
    Duration of life is very small, we should make best of it…

  9. Hello Everyone,
    Can’t wait to read more of Henry Miller, we had studied only one of his books in high school.

    To Paint Is To Love Again:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwqEMuZ6qHU&feature=related

    A colorful character, Henry Miller!
    Love to All,
    Jane : )

  10. solange campos says:

    muito interessante, fui pesquizar, pois não o conhecia. gostei do li.vou pesquizar mais.

  11. Paul says:

    My English is not good. I wanted send you a letter with my sentence’s – “I am good at writing” but now I don’t know what can I talk to you. You know that you have 21 years old and you feel like a nothing, like a “old dead three”. But you feel destiny (no psychic sick), you can make this word more perfect, not all, but some part. “All for one, one for all” – Coelho, you know what I need, you feel the same things that I trust.
    South Poland, Krapkowice, Now church, but from XII castle of templariusze

  12. THELMA says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIsirlIsE88&feature=related
    The .. Triangle! Henry Miller, June and Anais Nin.
    LOVE,
    Thelma xxx

  13. Margherita says:

    Caro Paulo,
    conoscevo Miller solo di nome, poi, in seguito alla tua proposta sul blog, ho letto qualcosa di più e sono giunta ad una prima sommaria conclusione: sento di somigliare abbastanza a questo scrittore, se non altro per il fatto che credo di essere diretta come lui, di avere un’immaginazione infinita e di essere anche sincera.
    Sarà bene tutto ciò?
    Miller non è stato capito immediatamente. Neanche io, se è per questo.
    Perciò vorrei dedicare a tutti l’incipit che mi è piaciuto di più e nel quale mi riconosco moltissimo:
    “Sono senza denaro, senza risorse, senza speranze. Sono l’uomo(la donna) più felice del mondo. Un anno fa, sei mesi fa, pensavo di essere un(‘) artista. Ora non lo penso più, lo sono. Tutto ciò che era letteratura mi è caduto di dosso…
    (e siccome io ho scritto un libro autobiografico che nessuno ha la voglia di pubblicare, e già ne sto scrivendo un altro), continuo con le stesse parole di Miller:
    “Questo non è un libro… lo canterò per voi, un po’ stonato forse, ma canterò.
    E mi fermo qui, perchè la frase che segue, forse non è consona al caso.
    Ma continuando a parlare di Miller e del mio libro, ed anche a Paulo Coelho che ringrazio col cuore per aver acceso i miei pensieri per l’ennesima volta, posso citare le parole di Miller per spiegare ciò che ho realizzato nella mia umile esperienza di scrittura:
    “Il mio fine -forse sciocco- è stato di dire la verità, di rivelare me stesso(a)il più nudo(a) possibile. Naturalmente ho messo il mio aspetto peggiore a tinte fosche…
    Ricordati, la vita è sempre più strana dell’immaginazione. Più vera, più reale, più fantastica, più poetica, più terribile, crudele ed affascinante…”
    Condividi, Paulo?
    Io sì, ne sono felice, quindi canto il mio amore per la vita e per tutti ed anche per te che sai accendere così magistralmente i sentimenti umani migliori:
    “L’unica cosa che non riceviamo mai abbastanza è l’amore; l’unica cosa che non doniamo mai abbastanza è (sempre) l’AMORE.
    AMORE

  14. Heart says:

    My husband told me this morning Marilyn Monroe was married to a writer with the name Miller. When I looked it up, I found she was married to Arthur Miller, not to Henry Miller. However, Henry Miller was married 5 times :)

    1. marie-christine says:

      Oh! la! la ! I made a mistake, I thought he looked different, this one reminded me more of one of our President…way back .
      You are right, could they have been related though? :)
      Miller and Miller.Same name is not it?
      and they were both writers? A bonus – we have to make the best of it. Lets have a celebration to the Millers then.
      Thanks Heart, apologies to the readers, sorry Paulo I did it again.
      Have a nice week end everybody.I hope it is not going to spoil it.Keep on smiling.
      P.S.-
      How many times was Arthur married? Do you know?…just curious.
      I saw nice bikes to day on my way to the market….
      Lots of beijos to all, I’ll have to confess that one as well to Padre now…:)

    2. Good for Henry Miller.

    3. Ron says:

      BUT; This Henry Miller had Anais Nin! At least as anyone could have her. What dynamics there!

  15. Jojo says:

    Here are other quotes from Mr. Miller

    “La pensée doit passer par le Coeur pour être rendue active et prendre un sens. »
    Thought must travel through the heart to become active and have a sense.
    “Chaque instant est bonheur à qui est capable de le voir comme tel.”
    Each moment is joy for the one who is able to see it as such.
    « À quoi servent les livres s’ils ne ramènent pas vers la vie, s’ils ne parviennent pas à nous y faire boire avec plus d’avidité? »
    What is the purpose of books if they do not bring back to life, if they do not bring one to drink from it with more avidity?
    «Notre corps physique possède une sagesse qui fait défaut à celui qui l’habite.»
    Our body contains a knowledge that is not considered to the one in which it resides.
    “Ce qui va mal, ce n’est pas le monde, c’est notre manière de le regarder. »
    What goes wrong is not the world, it is our way to look at it.
    “La science cherche encore, l’amour a trouvé.”
    Science is still searching, Love has found it.
    “Méditer sur le problème du jour, ou même sur ses problèmes personnels, est la dernière chose que désire faire un individu normal.”
    Meditate on the problem of the day, or even on personal problems, is the last thing that wishes a normal human being.
    “Je dois veiller à me garder le corps en bonne forme pour les vers. Et l’âme intact pour Dieu. »
    I must be careful to keep my body in shape for the worms. And my soul intact for God.
    “Certains homes attendent l’infidélité de leur femme avec la même tension qu’au cirque lorsqu’ils attendent la chute d’un danseur de corde.”
    Some people wait the infidelity of the other with the same tension as in a circus when they wait for the man walking on the rope to fall.
    “Un vrai leader n’a pas besoin de conduire. Il suffit qu’il montre le chemin. »
    A true leader does not need to drive. It suffice for him to show the path.
    “Nous participons tous à la creation. Nous sommes tous des rois, poètes, musiciens; il n’est que de s’ouvrir comme un lotus pour découvrir ce qui est en nous. »
    We all participate to the creation. We are all kings, poets, musicians; it resides in opening like a lotus to discover what is within us.
    “Les oeuvres des enfants ont leur place à côté des chefs-d’œuvre des grands maîtres. »
    Children’s realizations have their place beside great masters’ realizations.
    “Lire c’est toujours interpreter.”
    Reading is always interpretation.
    « Un enfant n’a pas besoin d’écrire, il est innocent. »
    A child do not need to write, he is innocent.
    “La pire difficulté pour l’individu créateur, c’est de réfréner l’entêtement à vouloir catégoriser le monde à son image. »
    The worst difficulty for a creator is to stop his stubborn manor to want to categorize the world at his image.
    “Si tu regardes ton nombril et que ton nombril est intéressant, alors tu atteindras l’universel.”
    If you look at your navel and that your navel is interesting, then you will attain the universal.

    Very interesting quotes … thank you for those topics on writers Paolo … this shows also that you are not just a writer that wants to sell and put all attention of his writings … that you are a writer that has something to share to the human race … an important message …

    Love, Jojo.