Black Spring, Henry Miller

"What is a hero? Primarily, someone who has conquered his fears."

"Everyone's a poem."

"Begin! That's the principal thing."

"When a portrait commences badly it's because you're not describing the woman you have in mind: you are thinking more about those who are going to look at the portrait than about the woman who is sitting for you."

"Have you ever sat in a railway station and watched people killing time? Do they not sit like little crestfallen angels - with their broken arches and their fallen stomachs? Those eternal few minutes in which they are condemned to be alone with themselves - does it not put umbrella ribs in their wings?"

"Paul used to say 'Start with Marcus Aurelius or Epictetus and the rest will follow."

"The poem is the present which you can't define. You live it. Anything is a poem if it has time in it."