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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Best 53 Quotes by Anaïs Nin

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

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

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

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

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

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“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.”

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“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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“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.”

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“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.”

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

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

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“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.”

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

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

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

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“The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.”

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“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.”

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

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

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“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.”

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

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“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 of layers, cells, constellations.”

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

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“We see the world as 'we' are, not as 'it' is; because it is the "I" behind the 'eye' that does the seeing.”

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

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“What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.”

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“When I am most deeply rooted, I feel the wildest desire to uproot myself.”

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

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“When you possess light within, you see it externally.”

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“Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul—you create suffering.”

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“Willingness to explore everything is a sign of strength. The weak ones have prejudices. Prejudices are a protection.”

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“You are the poet, you walk inside my dreams.”

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“You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead.”

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“You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too.”

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“You live out the confusions until they become clear.”

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“Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.”

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“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 withering, of tarnishing.”

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“When one is pretending the entire body revolts.”

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“I walk ahead of myself in perpetual expectancy of miracles.”

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"The Diary Of Anaïs Nin" Quotes

“Compassion for our parents is the true sign of maturity.”

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“If I love you it means we share the same fantasies, the same madnesses.”

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

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"The Resurgence And Allure Of Anais Nin" Quotes

“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.”

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"Why Men Fall Out of Love" Quotes

“Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.”

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