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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  566 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Henry Miller, disciplinado lector y escritor voraz, pasó buena parte de su carrera escribiendo para diversas revistas y periódicos. En abril de 1939, Modern Mystic le encargó un artículo acerca de la obra del psicoanalista E. Graham Howe. Dos años más tarde, aquel ensayo sería publicado de nuevo en el volumen epónimo The Wisdom of the Heart, una colección de algunos de sus ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 29th 2019 by STIRNER (first published 1941)
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Tammy Marie Jacintho
Miller's essay on CREATIVE DEATH should be enough to own this book.

His voice carries intimations of Whitman and Emersonian thought. He digs deep into the poets, the philosophers— even into spiritual thinkers such as Krishnamurti. He tackles the Holy Ghost with symbolic significance and ease. His language thrusts us into the momentum of ideas as they begin to build beliefs... and a man.

Henry Miller surrenders. We perceive "the as-yet-unknown blossom," the "seasonal phenomenon" as he waxes and wa
Jun 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: 3rdand12th
this is my favorite book! i have re-read it over and over again since my freshman year "writing the essay" course. we were supposed to read academically-accepted, canonized or modern (i.e. susan sontag) essayists. but i saw this book and i knew: a lasting relationship was to be formed immediately. whenever i'm having trouble with an essay, i open up this book and the words i like come back to me, the ones that taste good and perhaps make my essays generally unacceptable to my professors. ask me ...more
Wisdom of the Heart - Henry Miller
A collection of essays and some short fiction. Really enjoyed this. Again like Miller in general you will find this dry if your not into this sort of thing. Found the short fiction, The Alcoholic Veteran with the Washboard Cranium and the pieces on Balzac's Seraphita and Louis Lambert really interesting.
I love Seraphita, it is so much of a change (and strange) for Balzac, and Miller's thoughts are very helpful. Randomly i reflected back on two other strange and
Good Miller.
Avolyn Fisher
May 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Fits and bursts of brilliance. Unfortunately a lot of cultural references I was too lazy to google and thus the subject matter of many essays was often a bit lost on me. I'm sure a simple search here and there would have illuminated the references but I was just too lazy. ...more
Cátia Vieira
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miller writes from the heart. He’s raw, honest and authentic. I know that I was destined to discover and love his work because he’s my reflection. «The Wisdom of the Heart», first published in 1941, is nothing but a collection of stories and essays that are told right from the heart. Paris, painters, writers, writing, identity and the soul are some of the topics Miller explores throughout this book. I don’t have much to say. Reading Miller is going back to my oldest friend, to my oldest companio ...more
Iria Garcia Lopez
One of the few books that really got into my heart and my soul. I feel so connected with this book. Miller reflects on our emotions, on the search for identity, growth, on what it means to live, to love, to suffer, and in essence to be human. He shares his philosophy, his wisdom, in his characteristic raw fashion but with exquisite sensitivity and depth. Two of my favourite quotes from the book, an appetizer for what is to be found: "I don't want my Fate or Providence to treat me well. I am esse ...more
Charles Samuels
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
My favorite Miller essays always begin with him making an utterly pretentious statement and then following it with quasi-Eastern-religious platitudes. Let's face it, he was completely full of shit. That is why I love him. That is why he is a genius. That is why you should read him too. ...more
Sabine Hélène
Love him or hate him, this controversial author whose works were banned in America until 1961, also tried his hand at writing some decorous philosophical essays - I can imagine the suaveness with which he voiced the thoughts collected in ‘The Wisdom of the Heart’ to have been yet another talent which helped draw those young, often venerable maidens, lovingly usurped as muses, to his lips.

Unlike Miller’s most famous novels, Tropic of Cancer and Black Spring, this collection of texts doesn’t cont
Henry Miller often provokes many emotions in people. Depending on the book or books that they have read. I've always loved his collection of essays, "Stand Still Like the Hummingbird". So, I couldn't wait to finally get my hands on a copy of this book, "Wisdom of the Heart".

The first three essays in the book were quite good and got me hooked. Essentially they were about his philosophy that you must lose something of yourself to find something. To embrace the pain to find the pleasure. Right on t
Olivier Goetgeluck
"The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware."

"No daring is fatal."
- René Crevel

"In the ultimate sense, the world itself is pregnant with failure, is the perfect manifestation of imperfection, of the consciousness of failure. In the realization of this, failure itself is eliminated."

"What is needed more than lifeboats is lighthouses. A fuller, clearer vision - not more safety appliances!"

"Normality is the paradise of escapeologists, fo
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry Miller was an eclectic spiritual searcher whose mind was every bit as inquisitive and daring as his libido -- perhaps more so. Several essays in The Wisdom of the Heart rival the thought of Merton and Camus. This is a strong statement coming from me. I'm referring especially to Balzac and His Double, but also to Seraphita, both of which are illuminating discourses, not only on the writings of French novelist and self-proclaimed genius, Honore Balzac, but on the spiritual dimensions of art ...more
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry Miller is quite an outspoken reviewer in this compilation, of several of his contemporary and senior European writers and philosophers. This is only my second reading of Henry Miller, and is by far more clear than my previous attempt with Black Spring. Maybe the simple purpose of giving praise to those he deemed worthy provided a good break from the soul searching which is sometimes difficult to follow in a more serious work. It would be nice if the subjects with whom Miller writes were a ...more
Hobart Frolley
Pretentious, arrogant, misogynistic, psuedointellectual, hipster-spiritual drivel with only the boneheadedly self-projected shell of an appearance of substance....there are rare moments of beauty which is why this got a 2 instead of a 1, but it is the worst type of mid 20th century american writing. Pedantic, cloying, self-righteous....I can honestly say now after reading this that I will never read anything else by this author.
Henry Miller = Most Overrated Author I Have Read Yet....
Dennis R. Thompson
I feel a connection to this writing, whether it is the Tropics, or simply essays. I identify with the lewd, the obscene, and the gentle rages of the heart. I think it was the first book I ever loaned out that didn't return because it was so good. ...more
Jessica Malice
I read this because I love Anaïs Nin SO MUCH. however instead of learning what she liked about him I only learned that Henry Miller is a pompous, pretentious ass. oh, wait..

well I never said Nin was without flaw.
Sep 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting collection of essays, good one to have on hand and keep reading as the moment hits you.
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the one book that "changed my life" more than any other, along with Siddhartha and a few others. Also was my first Henry Milller, and still his finest work in my eyes. ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing philosophy!! <3
Ron Khare
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: required-reading
Miller writes with such profound insight, it transcends the suffering he undertook to get there.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best Miller i have read....and yet still much to ruminate about whilst reading which is always good as it shows the book is at least engaging.
It's a book really made up of essays generally about writing or writers worst it gives you desire to seek out works by the authors Miller himself holds in such best you get tales of high living in low places.
Not maybe the best place to state with Miller as there is a risk at times of the subject matter in various essays being enthu
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miller’s utter passion for life is clearly evident in the wide variety of topics covered in these short essays. From high art to the drunk on the street, he was truly in love with the world, and expressed that love exuberantly through his writing.
Milovan Dekic
Aug 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These essays are timeless; I am quite sure people will be reading them in 500 years from now and still find them refreshing, as humanity won’t solve any of the real problems we’re dealing with today.

Stand Still Like the Hummingbird is another massive collection of Miller’s essays.
Mike DuBois
Oct 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You hear a lot about Henry Miler up here in Big Sur and this was a great introduction to him. Look forward to reading some of his better known, major works soon. This was a nice sampler of his voice and range.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of these essays were very profound, while others were a bit lack luster. It is worth the read for those really good ones. It is kind of like going fishing.
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Excellent essays on Balzac and Lawrence.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t remember when I read this HM. Probably soon after I ran into him at the pancake house with Ed.
David W.  Berner
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Miller. And one of the best essays on writing I have ever read. "Reflections on Writing" ...more
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent writing as always from Miller, except a lot of dated and inside material in this book of essays that I am ignorant of. That which I know about and his short stories are pretty much fucking awesome.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry Miller writes with an intoxicating lucid force. Many gems contained in his collection as well as a couple lemons.
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Henry Miller sought to reestablish the freedom to live without the conventional restraints of civilization. His books are potpourris of sexual description, quasi-philosophical speculation, reflection on literature and society, surrealistic imaginings, and autobiographical incident.

After living in Paris in the 1930s, he returned to the United States and settled in Big Sur, California. Miller's fir

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