Henry Miller on Growth

All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.

--Henry Miller


  1. Yes. Now, do you think we usually intend and even engineer our leaps? Or does necessity push us over?

  2. In my case, Nance, it's almost always either necessity or chance -- and almost never foresight and intention. How about you?

  3. “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” - Edward Abbey

    Personal growth is in very stark contrast to what money-obsessed types mean by the word.

  4. Excellent point, George! I think Abbey was spot on with his observation.

  5. Since I'm a Miller nut, he's the one author who's quotes come to mind spontaneously. Nance's question brought to mind this, from Miller's Capricorn:

    "My adventures were always adventitious, always thrust on me, always endured rather than undertaken."

    (OK, I didn't remember the full quote; I had to google Miller "my adventures" "adventitious")

  6. Jon, you might be happy to know -- if you don't already -- that Twinka Thiebaud has written a new book about Miller. What Doncha Know? About Henry Miller It was published earlier this year.

    Her publicist has contacted me and I have agreed to review Twinka's book. I intend to post my review sometime this coming week.


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