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Three from Henry Miller on a Wednesday Afternoon

All of which come from the controversial author’s chapter on Rider Haggard in The Books in My Life, which was published 1951.

the-books-in-my-life“The language and behavior of Jesus do not conform to sense until one has passed through sorrow and travail, until one has become desperate, lost, utterly forsaken and abandoned.”

“Of what stupendous, unimaginable detours are our lives composed.”

“It is our great fortune sometimes to misinterpret our destiny when it is revealed to us. We often accomplish our ends despite ourselves. We try to avoid the swamps and jungles, we seek frantically to escape the wilderness or the desert (one and the same), we attach ourselves to leaders, we worship the gods instead of the One and Only, we lose ourselves in the labyrinth, we fly to distant shores and speak with other tongues, adopt other customs, manners, conventions but ever and always are we driven towards our true end, concealed from us till the last moment.”

As always, we can’t post something from Henry Miller without referencing the trouble one of his books once got Jerry in:

Henry Miller on The Wisdom of the Heart

Henry Miller on The Wisdom of the Heart

Talk about an unexpected source! Recently came across Henry Miller’s essay on psychoanalyst (and mystic) E. Graham Howe, “The Wisdom of the Heart,” in which the controversial writer reflects on the nature of life and love, among other things. While he certainly came to some different conclusions, Miller’s observations are undeniably sound, and the language stunning:

Life, as we all know, is conflict, and man, being part of life, is himself an expression of conflict. If he recognizes the fact and accepts it, he is apt, despite the conflict, to know peace and to enjoy it. But to arrive at this…

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