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Tropic of Cancer

Tropic of Cancer

by Henry Miller

Mortality and Death Quotes

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Quote #1

We must get in step, lock step, toward the prison of death. There is no escape. (1.3)

Conforming with society, working like a dog, and never being creative—that's death to Miller. And once you get in that cycle, you're doomed.

Quote #2

it is the world dying, shedding the skin of time (1.8)

Sure, people are dying off because they have given themselves over to the machine. But guess what? The world is dying, too. Don't worry though—according to the always philosophical Henry Miller, "shedding the skin of time" is a good thing, because only then can there be a rebirth.

Quote #3

I am crying for more and more disasters, for bigger calamities, for grander failures. I want the whole world to be out of whack, I want everyone to scratch himself to death (1.41).

Destruction = good. That's what Henry believes, at least. When there's destruction, people will finally see what really matters and face the horror they have created through mind-numbing routines. (Is anyone else feeling really sci-fi-y right now?)

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