Anais Nin Quotes

 

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

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage

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

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection

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

The only abnormality is the incapacity to love

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

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow

There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to doI disregard the proportions, the measures, the tempo of the ordinary world. I refuse to live in the ordinary world as ordinary women. To enter ordinary relationships. I want ecstasy. I am a neurotic -- in the sense that I live in my world. I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself

When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others

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

I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. 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

What I cannot love, I overlook

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

When one is pretending the entire body revolts

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 naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman

Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself

I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living

The Little Prince

"People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for..."

"They don't find it," I answered.

"And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..."

"Of course," I answered.

And the little prince added, "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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