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The real leader has no need to lead – he is content to point the way.
– Henry Miller
Instead of asking ‘How much damage will the work in question bring about?’ why not ask ‘How much good? How much joy?’
Until we accept the fact that life itself is founded in mystery, we shall learn nothing.
Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring.
The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.
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.
Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning.
One can be absolutely truthful and sincere even though admittedly the most outrageous liar. Fiction and invention are of the very fabric of life.
Life, as it is called, is for most of us one long postponement.
Life is 440 horsepower in a 2-cylinder engine.
I have always looked upon decay as being just as wonderful and rich an expression of life as growth.
Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
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.
The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love.
True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.
The real enemy can always be met and conquered, or won over. Real antagonism is based on love, a love which has not recognized 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.
Life is constantly providing us with new funds, new resources, even when we are reduced to immobility. In life’s ledger there is no such thing as frozen assets.