Anaïs Ninwas an author born to Cuban parents in France, where she was also raised. She spent some time in Spain and Cuba but lived most of her life in the United States where she became an established author. She wrote journals (which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death), novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica.
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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
Dreams are necessary to life.
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.
The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.
We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are.
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.
There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.
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.
I must be a mermaid... I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.
How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.
We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live.
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.
The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.
What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?
I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy.
Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.
Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.
People living deeply have no fear of death.
Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.
If one's conscious life is too rigid, too regimented, then the surface may crack at times, and we are unprepared for the strange emotions or sensations we experience.
The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless.
Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
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.
Woman does not forget she needs the fecundator, she does not forget that everything that is born of her is planted in her.
Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. -
Someone told me the delightful story of the crusader who put a chastity belt on his wife and gave the key to his best friend for safekeeping, in case of his death. He had ridden only a few miles away when his friend, riding hard, caught up with him, saying 'You gave me the wrong key!
The violence and obscenity are left unadulterated, as manifestation of the mystery and pain which ever accompanies the act of creation.
If all of us acted in unison as I act individually there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way.
We dont see things as they are, we see them as we are
It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all.
Our psychological reality, which lies below the surface, frightens us because it endlessly surprises us and drives us in a direction which society's rules and organizations define as wrong or dangerous.
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.
Electric flesh-arrows... traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm.
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
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.
A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
It is the function of art to renew our perception.
What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.