Words by: Henry Miller

From "Tropic of Cancer", calligraphy by Christina Luo.

I'm falling madly in love with the words of Henry Miller, a British author and architect by trade.

I discovered his writings through the passionate letters he wrote to Anaïs Nin, who changed his life completely by paying his rent and becoming his lover throughout the 1930s. She also financed the first printing of his book Tropic of Cancer! Talk about a sugar mama.

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Here are a few other quotes of his that I find particularly compelling:

“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.”

"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."

“What's a fuck when what I want is love?”

I haven't read a novel of his yet, but I certainly plan to after stumbling across these wonderful words. I highly recommend looking up the letters exchanged between Henry and Anaïs. They're electric, in the way that only writers from that era knew how to convey.


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    • David

      Henry Miller was not British. He was American.

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