Nothing can bring about a new and better world but our own desire for it.

The Colossus of Maroussi is an impressionist travelogue by American writer Henry Miller that was first published in 1941.

Set in pre-war Greece of 1939, it is ostensibly an exploration of the „Colossus“ of the title, George Katsimbalis, a poet and raconteur.  Among other characters are Lawrence Durrell, his first wife Nancy, and Theodore Stephanides.

Some critics said that the Colossus is more of a self-portrait of Miller himself.

They have also noted the influence of D. H. Lawrence and Ernest Hemingway as expressed in this book.

Critics consider this to be Miller‘s best, a view which the author also held.

It is not enough to overthrow governments, masters, tyrants: one must overthrow his own preconceived ideas of right and wrong, good and bad, just and unjust.

We must abandon the hard-fought trenches, we have dug ourselves into and come out into the open, surrender our arms, our possessions, our rights as individuals, classes, nations, peoples.

A billion men seeking peace cannot be enslaved.

We have enslaved ourselves, by our own petty, circumscribed view of life.

It is glorious to offer one’s life for a cause, but dead men accomplish nothing.

Life demands that we offer something more—spirit, soul, intelligence, good-will.

Nature is ever ready to repair the gaps caused by death, but nature cannot supply the intelligence, the will, the imagination to conquer the forces of death.

Nature restores and repairs, that is all.

It is man’s task to eradicate the homicidal instinct which is infinite in its ramifications and manifestations.

It is useless to call upon God, as it is futile to meet force with force.

The Colossus of Maroussi