52 Greatest Anais Nin Quotes

52 Greatest Anais Nin Quotes

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Anais Nin was an author from France. She was born in 1903 to Cuban parents, she spent some time in Cuba, but majority of her life was spent in the United States. She was known for her elaborate journal keeping, erotic literature, and short stories. She died on January 14, 1977 at the age of 73.

“All those who try to unveil the mysteries always have tragic lives. At the end they are always punished.”

“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer.”

“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.”

“Every word you wrote I ate, as if it were manna.”

“Experience teaches acceptance of the imperfect as life.”

“Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.”

“For you and for me the highest moment, the keenest joy, is not when our minds dominate but when we lose our minds…”

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

“Human beings can reach such desperate solitude that they may cross a boundary beyond which words cannot serve, and at such moments there is nothing left for them but to bark.”

“I am only responsible for my own heart, you offered yours up for the smashing my darling. Only a fool would give out such a vital organ.”

“I am the one who has felt most deeply the stuttering of the tongue in its relation to thought.”

“I have so strong a sense of creation, of tomorrow, that I cannot get drunk, knowing I will be less alive, less well, less creative the next day.”

“I know no joy as great as a moment of rushing into a new love, no ecstasy like that of a new love.”

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

“I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.”

“I seek the real stuff of life. Profound drama.”

“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 so fluid that one can only hope to capture the living moment, to capture it alive and fresh … without destroying that moment.”

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

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

“Love is the axis and breath of my life. The art I produce is a byproduct, an excrescence of love, the song I sing, the joy which must explode, the overabundance — that is all!”

“Love reduces the complexity of living.”

“Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.”

“Most artists have retired too absolutely; they grow rusty, inflexible to the flow of currents.”

“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.”

“No desire of the body, but for what lies in there, what lies in the flesh, the world, the thought, the creation, the illumination.”

“Nothing too long imagined can be perfect in a worldly way.”

“Only in the fever of creation could she recreate her own lost life.”

“Passion gives me moments of wholeness.”

“People living deeply have no fear of death.”

“The artist is the only one who knows that the world is a subjective creation, that there is a choice to be made, a selection of elements. ”

“The creative personality never remains fixed on the first world it discovers. It never resigns itself to anything.”

“The dream has to be translated into reality.”

“The enemy of a love is never outside, it’s not a man or woman, it’s what we lack in ourselves.”

“The final lesson a writer learns is that everything can nourish the writer.”

“The morning I got up to begin this book I coughed. Something was coming out of my throat: it was strangling me. I broke the thread which held it and yanked it out. I went back to bed and
said: I have just spat out my heart.”

“The poet is one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive.”

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

“The truly faithless one is the one who makes love to only a fraction of you. And denies the rest.”

“The unconscious can become destructive if it is disregarded and thwarted.”

“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.”

“To lie, of course, is to engender insanity.”

“To withhold from living is to die … the more you give of yourself to life the more life nourishes you.”

“We are beginning to see the influence of dream upon reality and reality upon dream.”

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

“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, of fix us in the present. We are
made of layers, cells, constellations.”

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

“When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with.”

“When she did finally fall asleep it was the restless sleep of the night watchman continuously aware of danger and of the treacheries of time seeking to cheat her by permitting clocks to
strike the passing hours when she was not awake to grasp their contents.”

“Worlds self made are so full of monsters and demons.”

“You cannot save people, you can only love them.”

“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.”