The Quotidian, September 20, 2010 ~ Every Moment is Golden

“Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to , everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” ~ Henry Miller (December 26, 1891 to June 7, 1980)

Henry Miller was an American novelist. He was perhaps best known for his novels Tropic of Cancer (1934) and Tropic of Capricorn (1938). Both novels were banned in the U.S. until 1961.

[Source for quotation: Do It! Let’s Get Off Our Buts: A Guide to Living Your Dreams, by John-Roger and Peter McWilliams (1991), page 78. Quotation verified through use of, accessed September 19, 2010. Source for dates and biographical information: Wikipedia, accessed September 19, 2010; partially known to me].

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to The Quotidian, September 20, 2010 ~ Every Moment is Golden

  1. I really like the last sentence of this quotation.

    Write on!

  2. Hi Carolyn,

    Me too. However, I like using the entire quote – even though Miller took a while to get to his point – for context.

    Blessings, Andy

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