Tropic of Cancer

by Henry Miller
United States
26 Dec 1891 // 7 Jun 1980
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Human beings make a strange fauna and flora. From a distance they appear negligible; close up they are apt to appear ugly and malicious. More than anything they need to be surrounded with sufficient space―space even more than time.

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I haven't any allegiance, any responsibilities, any hatreds, any worries, any prejudices, any passion. I'm neither for nor against. I'm a neutral.

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As long as that spark of passion is missing there is no human significance in the performance.

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The cancer of time is eating us away.

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But it's just because the chances are all against you, just because there is so little hope, that life is sweet over here.

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I made up my mind that I would hold onto nothing, that I would expect nothing.

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An artist is always alone - if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.

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On the meridian of time, there is no injustice: there is only the poetry of motion creating the illusion of truth and drama.

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Do anything, but let it produce joy. Do anything, but let it yield ecstasy.

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Iím an egotist, but Iím not selfish. Thereís a difference. Iím a neurotic, I guess. I canít stop thinking about myself. It isnít that I think myself so important... I simply canít think about anything else, thatís all. If I could fall in love with a woman that might help some. But I canít find a woman who interests me.

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Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller

 

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