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Anaïs Nin Quote: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

— Anaïs Nin



Anaïs Nin Quote: “We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”

The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.”

Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “You cannot save people. You can only love them.”

You cannot save people. You can only love them.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am.”

My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “People living deeply have no fear of death.”

People living deeply have no fear of death.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Good things happen to those who hustle.”

Good things happen to those who hustle.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “You fall in love with people’s minds.”

You fall in love with people’s minds.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”

I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Ordinary life does not interest me.”

Ordinary life does not interest me.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?”

How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.”

Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits.”

I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.”

Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”

Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “You don’t find love, it finds you. It’s got a little bit to do with destiny, fate, and what’s written in the stars.”

You don’t find love, it finds you. It’s got a little bit to do with destiny, fate, and what’s written in the stars.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.”

The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “I take pleasure in my transformations. I look quiet and consistent, but few know how many women there are in me.”

I take pleasure in my transformations. I look quiet and consistent, but few know how many women there are in me.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.”

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.”

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “We don't have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.”

We don't have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “We have been poisoned by fairy tales.”

We have been poisoned by fairy tales.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.”

The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Dreams are necessary to life.”

Dreams are necessary to life.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “We do not escape into philosophy, psychology, and art – we go there to restore our shattered selves into whole ones.”

We do not escape into philosophy, psychology, and art – we go there to restore our shattered selves into whole ones.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “In chaos, there is fertility.”

In chaos, there is fertility.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “I’m awaiting a lover. I have to be rent and pulled apart and live according to the demons and the imagination in me. I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.”

I’m awaiting a lover. I have to be rent and pulled apart and live according to the demons and the imagination in me. I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.”

Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Passion gives me moments of wholeness.”

Passion gives me moments of wholeness.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “When your beauty struck me, it dissolved me. Deep down, I am not different from you. I dreamed you, I wished for your existence. I see in you that part of me which is you. I surrender my sincerity because if I love you it means we share the same fantasies, we share the same madness.”

When your beauty struck me, it dissolved me. Deep down, I am not different from you. I dreamed you, I wished for your existence. I see in you that part of me which is you. I surrender my sincerity because if I love you it means we share the same fantasies, we share the same madness.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.”

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “I write emotional algebra.”

I write emotional algebra.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “You carry away with you a reflection of me, a part of me. I dreamed you; I wished for your existence. You will always be a part of my life. If I love you, it must be because we shared, at some moment, the same imaginings, the same madness, the same stage.”

You carry away with you a reflection of me, a part of me. I dreamed you; I wished for your existence. You will always be a part of my life. If I love you, it must be because we shared, at some moment, the same imaginings, the same madness, the same stage.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again.”

Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous.”

Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “I can’t let you go now. I want to go places with you; obscure little places, just to be able to say: here I came with her.”

I can’t let you go now. I want to go places with you; obscure little places, just to be able to say: here I came with her.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “I am aware of being in a beautiful prison, from which I can only escape by writing.”

I am aware of being in a beautiful prison, from which I can only escape by writing.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.”

There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.”

There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.

— Anaïs Nin


Anaïs Nin Quote: “Writers do not live one life, they live two. There is the living and then there is the writing. There is the second tasting, the delayed reaction.”

Writers do not live one life, they live two. There is the living and then there is the writing. There is the second tasting, the delayed reaction.

— Anaïs Nin

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