Anaïs Nin Quotes

Who is Anaïs Nin?

Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, known as Anaïs Nin, was a French-Cuban-American diarist, essayist, novelist and writer of short stories and erotica.

Born March 21, 1903
Died January 14, 1977

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

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

“Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go.”

“Balance is not to be sought by association with others; it must exist within one's self.”

“Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.”

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

“Good things happen to those who hustle.”

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“I am a winged creature who is too rarely allowed to use its wings. Ecstasies do not occur often enough.”

“I believe the lasting revolution comes from deep changes in ourselves which influence our collective life.”

“I love the abstract, delicate, profound, vague, voluptuously wordless sensation of living ecstatically.”

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

“I only believe in fire. Life. Fire. Being myself on fire I set others on fire. Never death. Fire and life.”

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

“I want to do things so wild with you that I don't know how to say them.”

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“In chaos, there is fertility.”

“It takes courage to push yourself to places you have never been before... to test your limits... to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to stay tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

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“It was while helping others to be free that I gained my own freedom.”

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

“Mature people relate to each other without the need to merge.”

“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.”

“No one should be forced to carry the unfulfilled self of another.”

“Pain is something to master, not to wallow in.”

“Poetry is the alchemy which teaches us to convert ordinary materials into gold.”

“The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.”

“The real wonders of life lie in the depths. Exploring the depths for truths is the real wonder which the child and the artist know: magic and power lie in truth.”

“The suppression of inner patterns in favor of patterns created by society is dangerous to us.”

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

“Tranquillity is contagious, peace is contagious. One only thinks of the contagiousness of illness, but there is the contagion of serenity and joy.”

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“Violence is a symptom of impotence.”

“We are never trapped unless we choose to be.”

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“At its best our age is an age of searchers and discoverers, and at its worst, an age that has domesticated despair and learned to live with it happily.”


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