“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 QuotationsBook.com, accessed September 19, 2010. Source for dates and biographical information: Wikipedia, accessed September 19, 2010; partially known to me].
I really like the last sentence of this quotation.
Me too. However, I like using the entire quote – even though Miller took a while to get to his point – for context.