Tag Archives: Henry Miller quotes

Beginnings

 
 
 
“Though we live in a world that dreams of ending
that always seems about to give in
something that will not acknowledge conclusion
insists that we forever begin.”
 
– Brendan Kennelly, ‘Begin’
 
 
 
“Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.
Not all things are blest, but the
seeds of all things are blest.
The blessing is in the seed.”
 
– Muriel Rukeyser, ‘Elegy in Joy’
 
 
 
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”
 
– T S Eliot, ‘Little Gidding”
 
 
 
“The birds they sing at break of day, ‘Start again …’
I hear them say.”
 
– Leonard Cohen
 
 
 
“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller
 
 
 
” … Let me
keep my mind on what matters,
which is my work,
 
which is mostly standing still and learning to be
astonished.”
 
– Mary Oliver, ‘Messenger’
 
 
 
“As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come.”
 
– Ernest Hemingway
  
  
  
“An empty canvas, apparently really empty, that says nothing and is without significance – almost dull, in fact – in reality, is crammed with thousands of undertone tensions and full of expectancy. Slightly apprehensive lest it should be outraged.”
 
– Wassily Kandinsky
  
  
 
“I rarely begin a work with any clear or predetermined idea as to how the work should look. Even when I do, I seldom find the completed work matching up with the original projection.”
 
– Noyes Capehart Long
 
 
 
“For a sailor to sail around the world, the thought is just, sometimes, too much. Thus, one simply goes from port to port in the same direction.”
 
– Hal Moore
 
  
 
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
 
– Ray Bradbury
 
  
  
“Go and dare to create your own adventures.”
 
– Elena Lindquist
  
 
 
“I do think New Year’s resolutions can’t technically be expected to begin on New Year’s Day, don’t you? Since, because it’s an extension of New Year’s Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system. Also dieting on New Year’s Day isn’t a good idea as you can’t eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second.”
  
– Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary
 
 
Happy New Year!
 

Henry Miller, small stones and the alchemy of awareness

   
“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”
  
– Henry Miller
   
It’s lovely to have a small stone up at Fiona Robyn’s a handful of stones.
  
Fiona describes a ‘small stone’ as “a very short piece of writing that precisely captures a fully-engaged moment. There are no strict rules for what makes a piece of writing a small stone, as there are for forms such as haiku. The process of finding small stones is as important as the finished product – searching further will encourage you to keep your eyes (and ears, nose, mouth, fingers, feelings and mind) open.”
  
Read more about writing your own small stones here.