Anaïs Nin Quotes About Life and Love

Anaïs Nin was a prolific writer and thinker who left a lasting impression on the literary world. Her quotes are as insightful as they are inspiring, and they offer a unique perspective on life. If you’re looking for a dose of wisdom, look no further than Anaïs Nin quotes.

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Anaïs Nin was born in 1903 in Paris, France. She was a writer and artist who led a very fascinating life. She traveled all over the world, and was very well-known for her writing and artwork. Nin was married multiple times, and had affairs with many famous people. She was a very interesting and unique person, and her life was definitely one to be remembered.

Nin began writing in the 1920s and soon gained a reputation as a talented and provocative author. Her most famous work is the memoir “Delta of Venus” (1977), which was published after her death. Nin was also a successful artist and wrote several books on the subject.

Nin was also a pioneer in the field of self-help, and her books on the topic are still popular today. She died on January 14, 1977, in Los Angeles, California. She was 73 years old.

113 Anaïs Nin Quotes

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  1. “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.”

2. “Some people read to confirm their own hopelessness. Others read to be rescued from it.”

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

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

5. “Dreams are necessary to life.”

6. “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.”

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

8. “To think of him in the middle of the day lifts me out of ordinary living.”

9. “All that is sacred and taboo in the world are meaningless.”

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

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11. “To think of him in the middle of the day lifts me out of ordinary living.”

12. “Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together. ”

13. “life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity, & stumble from defeat to defeat.”

14. “Truth is something which can’t be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning.”

15. “All of my creation is an effort to weave a web of connection with the world: I am always weaving it because it was once broken.”

16. “You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, & you believe you are living.”

17. “I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live.”

18. “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.”

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

Anaïs Nin Quotes About Life

20. “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.”

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

22. “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.”

23. “The love of only one man or one woman is an enclosure.”

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

25. “We are going to the moon that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.”

26. “Sometimes we reveal ourselves when we are least like ourselves.”

27. “If a person continues to see only giants, it means he is still looking at the world through the eyes of a child.”

28. “There are two ways to reach me: by way of kisses or by way of the imagination. But there is a hierarchy: the kisses alone don’t work.”

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

30. “There is a perfection in everything that cannot be owned,”

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

32. “We don’t see people as they are. We see people as we are.”

33. “He had never seen her body so abandoned, so unconscious of all but the desire to be taken and satisfied. She bloomed under his caresses, no longer the girl but the woman already being born.”

34. “I watched life and wanted to be a part of it but found it painfully difficult.”

35. “When one is pretending, the entire body revolts.”

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

37. “Our love of each other was like two long shadows kissing without hope of reality.”

38. “The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.”

39. “We are like sculptors, constantly carving out of others the image we long for, need, love or desire, often against reality, against their benefit, and always, in the end, a disappointment, because it does not fit them.”

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

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

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

43. “The potion drunk by lovers is prepared by no one but themselves. The potion is the sum of one’s whole existence.”

44. “Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.”

45. “I often see how you sob over what you destroy, how you want to stop and just worship; and you do stop, and then a moment later you are at it again with a knife, like a surgeon. ”

46. “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”

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

48. “Every gesture was one of disorder and violence, as if a lioness had come into the room.”

49. “I love your silences, they are like mine.”

50. “Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.”

51. “Passion gives me moments of wholeness”

52. “This great handsomeness I took into myself later when he desired me, but I took it as one breathes air, or swallows a snowflake, or yields to the sun.”

53. “People living deeply have no fear of death.”

54. “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive.”

55. “The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.”

56. “At first she beckoned and lured one into her world; then, she blurred the passageways, confused all the images, as if to elude detection.”

57. “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.”

58. “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.”

59. “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.”

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

61. “I reserve the right to love many different people at once, and to change my prince often.”

62. “Innocence was gone from all our acts. Our habitual state of rebellion became a serious political crime.”

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

64. “Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite.”

65. “He understands my pity for his ridiculous, humiliating physical necessity. ”

66. “I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.”

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

68. “I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.”

69. “Creation which cannot express itself becomes madness.”

70. “She lacks confidence, she craves admiration insatiably. She lives on the reflections of herself in the eyes of others. She does not dare to be herself.”

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

72. “Since desire always goes towards that which is our direct opposite, it forces us to love that which will make us suffer.”

73. “There is a fissure in my vision and madness will always rush through.”

74. “When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons.”

75. “I can elect something I love and absorb myself in it.”

76. “I hate men who are afraid of women’s strength.”

77. “I wanted to remember in order to be able to return.”

78. “To commit suicide is easy. To live without a god is more difficult. The drunkenness of triumph is greater than the drunkenness of sacrifice.”

79. “Please understand I am in full rebellion against my own mind, that when I live, I live by impulse, by emotion, by white heat.”

80. “I hate rarely, though when I hate, I hate murderously.”

81. “I am in great terror of your understanding by which you penetrate into my world; and then I stand revealed and I have shared my kingdom with you.”

82. “The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison, was the miracle.”

83. “Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”

84. “Your strength is soft, indirect, delicate, tender, womanly. But it is strength just the same.”

85. “Stories are the only enchantment possible, for when we begin to see our suffering as a story, we are saved.”

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

87. “The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.”

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

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

90. “We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are”

91. “My first vision of earth was water veiled. I am of the race of men and women who see all things through this curtain of sea, and my eyes are the color of water.”

92. “There is a perfection in everything that cannot be owned.”

93. “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.”

94. “What you burnt, broke, and tore is still in my hands. I am the keeper of fragile things and I have kept of you what is indissoluble.”

95. “Awareness hurts. Relationships hurts. Life hurts. But to float, to drift, to live in the dream does not hurt.”

96. “Even when they did not look at each other or speak to each other, he could feel a powerful current between them.”

97. “I walk into the fire always, and come out more alive.”

98. “I cheat him, I deceive him, yet the world does not sink in sulphur-colored mists. Madness conquers. I can no longer put my mosaics together. I just cry and laugh.”

99. “He never treated her as a wife. He wooed her over and over again, with presents, flowers, new pleasures.”

100. “Only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy.”

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

102. “Sex must be mixed with tears, laughter, words, promises, scenes, jealousy, envy, all the spices of fear, foreign travel, new faces, novels, stories, dreams, fantasies, music, dancing, opium, wine.”

103. “When you trust, you are tender and delicate, but when you doubt, you are dangerous and destructive”

104. “she acquired the certainty of the expansion of time by depth of emotion, range and infinite multiplicity of experience.”

105. “As soon as I kiss him I know that I love him with a blind instinct beyond all reason, with all his defects.”

106. “It is easy to love and there are so many ways to do it.”

107. “I see enormous loves growing immense and finally crushing me.”

108. “I want eroticism mixed with love, and deep love one does not experience often.”

109. “Her presence had awakened in him a man suddenly whipped by his earlier ideals, whose lost manhood wanted to assert itself in action.”

110. “The living out in excess kills the imagination and the intensity,”

111. “The river of life divides into two branches: being and formulating.”

112. “If happiness is the absence of fever then I will never know happiness. For I am posessed by a fever for knowledge, experience and creation.”

113. “I do not need to be a selfless child, or a woman giving to the point of self-annihilation.”

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