Henry Miller at Big Sur in the year 1950
“If it be knowledge or wisdom one is seeking, then one had better go direct to the source. And the source is not the scholar or philosopher, not the master, saint, or teacher, but life itself – direct experience of life. The same is true for art. Here, too, we can dispense with “the masters”.
― Henry Miller, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch
And a bonus quote:
“Actually we are a vulgar, pushing mob whose passions are easily mobilized by demagogues, newspaper men, religious quacks, agitators and such like. To call this a society of free peoples is blasphemous. What have we to offer the world besides the superabundant loot which we recklessly plunder from the earth under the maniacal delusion that this insane activity represents progress and enlightenment?”
“Air Conditioned Nightmare” 1945