Henry Miller Memorial Library

Big Sur, California
"The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love."

Henry Miller on Friendship

Henry-Miller-Chapbook“Shortly after his 80th birthday, Henry Miller wrote an essay on aging. More of a treatise on living life, it was published in 1972 in a chapbook titled On Turning Eighty. Only 200 copies of the book were ever made, with each signed and numbered by the author.

“In one section, Miller comments on the complicated relationship between aging and friendship.

‘What most people fear when they think of old age is the inability to make new friends. If one ever had the faculty of making friends one never loses it however old one grows.

‘Next to love friendship, in my opinion, is the most valuable thing life has to offer. I have never had any trouble making friends, in fact, it has sometimes been a hindrance, this facility for making friends….”

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(Hat Tip: Farnam Street blog)

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