Slaughtering the Profound

Henry Miller in Paris“Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. there is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.”

~ Henry Miller

American Author from New York, amongst his works were ‘Tropic of Cancer’ and ‘Tropic of Capricorn’ .

Born in 1891 (died 1980). He was recognised, amongst other things, as a critic of American values, in his day and was passionate about telling his truth. He lived in America and Paris, where he wrote semi autobiographical fiction.

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2 thoughts on “Slaughtering the Profound

  1. Arthur, this is so true. So often we stifle our creativity to satisfy others views on how we should think and act. It is truly sad to see someone you know that has talent or displays some form of shear genius and are afraid to do anything with it for fear of what someone might think of them. If we were all brave enough to put aside these stifling tribulations, imagine what might come out of this world. Often times we are even guilty of criticizing others for doing something that our pre-conceived notions tell us is the right way.

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