110+ Anais Nin Quotes Exploring the Depths of Love and Self-Discovery

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  1. Adolescence is like cactus.
  2. We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
  6. Life, religion and art all converge in Bali. They have no word in their language for 'artist' or 'art.' Everyone is an artist.
  7. Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source.
  8. When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
  9. 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.
  10. Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.

Anais Nin Image Quotes

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We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. — Anais Nin

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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. — Anais Nin

Anais Nin Short Quotes

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  • Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul—you create suffering.
  • Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.
  • When you possess light within, you see it externally.
  • The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
  • Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.
  • We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are.
  • What is love but acceptance of the other, whatever he is.
  • I hate men who are afraid of women's strength.
  • Violence is a symptom of impotence.
  • The truly faithless one is the one who makes love to only a fraction of you. And denies the rest.
 quote The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.
The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.

Anais Nin Quotes On Change

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I believe the lasting revolution comes from deep changes in ourselves which influence our collective life. — Anais Nin

When I hear of people who weary of each other, I believe it is because they have sought virtues in themselves alone, attractions of physical beauty. Have they based their love on each other's thoughts? Who can weary of thoughts which change every day? — Anais Nin

To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard — Anais Nin

 quote And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painf
And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one's mind and psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use. — Anais Nin

I don't tell the truth any more to those who can't make use of it. I tell it mostly to myself, because it always changes me. — Anais Nin

I reserve the right to love many different people at once, and to change my prince often. — Anais Nin

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Anais Nin Quotes On Love

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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. — Anais Nin

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. — Anais Nin

When your beauty struck me, it dissolved me. Deep down, I am not different from you. I dreamed you, I wished for your existence. I see in you that part of me which is you. I surrender my sincerity because if I love you it means we share the same fantasies, we share the same madness. — Anais Nin

 quote Had I not created my whole world. I would certainly have died in other people's.
Had I not created my whole world. I would certainly have died in other people's.

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age. — Anais Nin

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. — Anais Nin

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. — Anais Nin

 quote I must be a mermaid... I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow livi
I must be a mermaid... I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.

I know why families were created with all their imperfections. They humanize you. They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed. — Anais Nin

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. — Anais Nin

Your eyes make me shy — Anais Nin

Travel is seeking the lost paradise. It is the supreme illusion of love. — Anais Nin

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Anais Nin Quotes On Writing

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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. — Anais Nin

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living. — Anais Nin

Write. Write until it stops hurting. — Anais Nin

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

The final lesson a writer learns is that everything can nourish the writer. The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter, a talk on the street, a book, a phrase learned. — Anais Nin

I write emotional algebra. — Anais Nin

I gathered poets around me and we all wrote beautiful erotica. As we were condemned to focus only on sensuality, we had violent explosions of poetry. Writing erotica became a road to sainthood rather than to debauchery. — Anais Nin

 quote We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.

To write is to descend, to excavate, to go underground. — Anais Nin

Writing more and more to the sound of music, writing more and more like music. Sitting in my studio tonight, playing record after record, writing, music a stimulant of the highest order, far more potent than wine. — Anais Nin

I am a failure as a writer. The publishers won't publish me, the bookshops won't carry my books, the critics won't write about me. I am excluded from all anthologies, and completely ignored. — Anais Nin

To mistake ugliness for reality is one of the frauds of the realistic school [of writing]. A hunger for the unknown and an aspiration toward beauty were inseparable from civilization. In America the word art was distorted to mean artificial. — Anais Nin

Anais Nin Quotes On Courage

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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. — Anais Nin

I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits — Anais Nin

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. — Anais Nin

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage "People living deeply have no fear of death. — Anais Nin

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we ... believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman. — Anais Nin

Anais Nin Quotes On Life

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You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. — Anais Nin

Dreams are necessary to life. — Anais Nin

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. — Anais Nin

Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together. — Anais Nin

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. — Anais Nin

Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite. — Anais Nin

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be...including our perception. Of it — Anais Nin

although I love a rich life, I hate an overcrowded life. I believe in rumination and lose half the beauty of all things when I am deprived of the time to ruminate. — Anais Nin

Ordinary life does not interest me. — Anais Nin

What everyone forgets is that passion is not merely a heightened sensual fusion but a way of life which produces, as in the mystics, an ecstatic awareness of the whole of life. — Anais Nin

Anais Nin Quotes On Art

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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. — Anais Nin

Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them. — Anais Nin

Art is the method of levitation, in order to separate one's self from enslavement by the earth. — Anais Nin

Asia discovered two remedies for the cruelty of man, art and religion. America discarded both and is drowning in hate and aggressivity. — Anais Nin

Either one fails in one's art or in one's life. — Anais Nin

We do not escape into philosophy, psychology, and art--we go there to restore our shattered selves into whole ones. — Anais Nin

All the art of analysis consists in saying a truth only when the other person is ready for it, has been prepared for it by an organic process of gradation and evolution. — Anais Nin

I don't wish power, only art -art and passion. — Anais Nin

Anais Nin Quotes On Sensual

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The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body. Always an orchestra, and just as music traverses walls, so sensuality traverses the body and reaches up to ecstasy. — Anais Nin

I had a feeling that Pandora's box contained the mysteries of woman's sensuality, so different from a man's and for which man's language was so inadequate. The language of sex had yet to be invented. The language of the senses was yet to be explored. — Anais Nin

But I lie. I embellish. My words are not deep enough. They disguise, they conceal. I will not rest until I have told of my descent into a sensuality which was as dark, as magnificent, as wild, as my moments of mystic creation have been dazzling, ecstatic, exalted. — Anais Nin

The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body. — Anais Nin

jazz is the expression of America's romantic self, its sensual potency, its lyrical force. — Anais Nin

We efface an hour by passionate love, without twists, without aftertaste. When it is finished, it is not finished, we lie still in each other's arms lulled by our love, by tenderness -- sensuality in which the whole being can participate. — Anais Nin

Then at certain moments I remember one of his words and I suddenly feel the sensual woman flaring up, as if violently caressed. I say the word to myself, with joy. It is at such a moment that my true body lives. — Anais Nin

Sexual intercourse... a joyous, joyous, joyous, joyous impaling of woman on man's sensual mast. — Anais Nin

Anais Nin Quotes On Death

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People living deeply have no fear of death. — Anais Nin

I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing. — Anais Nin

The only transformer and alchemist that turns everything into gold is love. The only magic against death, aging, ordinary life, is love. — Anais Nin

Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life. — Anais Nin

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! — Anais Nin

How well I know with what burning intensity you live. You have experienced many lives already, including several you have shared with me- full rich lives from birth to death, and you just have to have these rest periods in between. — Anais Nin

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings. — Anais Nin

Idealism is the death of the body and the imagination. All but freedom, utter freedom, is death — Anais Nin

Death from disillusion is not instantaneous, and there are no mercy killers for the disillusioned. — Anais Nin

That is my essential reason for writing, not for fame, not to be celebrated after death, but to heighten and create life all around me. I also write because when I am writing I reach the high moment of fusion sought by the mystics, the poets, the lovers, a sense of communion with the universe. — Anais Nin

Anais Nin Quotes On World

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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. — Anais Nin

If a person continues to see only giants, it means he is still seeing the world through the eyes of a child. I have a feeling that man's fear of woman comes from having first seen her as the mother, creator of men. — Anais Nin

Each friend represents a world in us. — Anais Nin

When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others. — Anais Nin

I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself. — Anais Nin

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

How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself. — Anais Nin

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. — Anais Nin

Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s. — Anais Nin

The self is merely the lens through which we see others and the world. — Anais Nin

Anais Nin Quotes On Living

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I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living. — Anais Nin

The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle. — Anais Nin

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living. — Anais Nin

I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness. — Anais Nin

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. — Anais Nin

I'm awaiting a lover. I have to be rent and pulled apart and live according to the demons and the imagination in me. I'm restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again. — Anais Nin

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. — Anais Nin

Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. — Anais Nin

There are books which we read early in life, which sink into our consciousness and seem to disappear without leaving a trace. And then one day we find, in some summing-up of our life and put attitudes towards experience, that their influence has been enormous. — Anais Nin

Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again. — Anais Nin

Anais Nin Famous Quotes And Sayings

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We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. — Anais Nin

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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. — Anais Nin

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

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. — Anais Nin

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. — Anais Nin

The child in me could not die as it should have died, because according too legends it must find its father again. The old legends knew, perhaps, that in absence the father becomes glorified, deified, eroticized, and this outrage against God the Father has to be atoned for. 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. — Anais Nin

There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic. — Anais Nin

Tranquillity is contagious, peace is contagious. One only thinks of the contagiousness of illness, but there is the contagion of serenity and joy. — Anais Nin

If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation. — Anais Nin

Acapulco in the sunset seems like a balm; it enters the blood like a drug after one inhalation of the scent of flowers, one glimpse of the bay iridescent like silk, the sunset like the inside of a shell, so much like the flesh of Venus. — Anais Nin

With her eyes alone she could give this response, this absolutely erotic response, as if febrile waves were trembling there, pools of madness... something devouring that could lick a man all over like a flame, annihilate him, with a pleasure never known before. — Anais Nin

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. — Anais Nin

There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest. — Anais Nin

The value of the personal relationship to all things is that it creates intimacy and intimacy creates understanding and understanding creates love. — Anais Nin

She makes use of the soft of the bread for a napkin. She falls asleep at times with shoes on, on unmade beds. When a little money comes in, June buys delicacies, strawberries in the winter, caviar and bath salts. — Anais Nin

You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. — Anais Nin

In music I feel most deeply the passing of things. — Anais Nin

The only abnormality is the incapacity to love. — Anais Nin

I walk ahead of myself in perpetual expectancy of miracles. — Anais Nin

I either eat too much or starve myself. Sleep for 14 hours or have insomniac nights. Fall in love very hard or hate passionately. I don't know what grey is. I never did. — Anais Nin

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. — Anais Nin

Eroticism is one of the basic means of self-knowledge, as indispensable as poetry. — Anais Nin

The secret of joy is the mastery of pain. — Anais Nin

It is a sign of great inner insecurity to be hostile to the unfamiliar. — Anais Nin

Stories are the only enchantment possible, for when we begin to see our suffering as a story, we are saved. — Anais Nin

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

Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous. — Anais Nin

We are all engaged in the task of peeling off the false selves, the programmed selves, the selves created by our families, our culture, our religions. It is an enormous task because the history of women has been as incompletely told as the history of blacks. — Anais Nin

What can I do with my happiness? How can I keep it, conceal it, bury it where I may never lose it? I want to kneel as it falls over me like rain, gather it up with lace and silk, and press it over myself again. — Anais Nin

I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness. I want a man lying over me, always over me. His will, his pleasure, his desire, his life, his work, his sexuality the touchstone, the command, my pivot. I don’t mind working, holding my ground intellectually, artistically; but as a woman, oh, God, as a woman I want to be dominated — Anais Nin

I want to love you wildly. I don’t want words, but inarticulate cries, meaningless, from the bottom of my most primitive being, that flow from my belly like honey. A piercing joy, that leaves me empty, conquered, silenced. — Anais Nin

For all of my patients sensuality is a giving in to 'the low side of their nature.' Puritanism is powerful and distorts their life with a total anesthesia of the senses. If you atrophy one sense, you also atrophy all the others, a sensuous and physical connection with nature, with art, with food, with other human beings. — Anais Nin

Only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy. — Anais Nin

She had acquired some of his gypsy ways, some of his nonchalance, his bohemian indiscipline. She had swung with him into the disorders of strewn clothes, spilled cigarette ashes, slipping into bed all dressed, falling asleep thus, indolence, timelessness...A region of chaos and moonlight. She liked it there. — Anais Nin

And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. — Anais Nin

I walked into my own book, seeking peace. It was night, and I made a careless movement inside the dream; I turned too brusquely the corner and I bruised myself against my madness. — Anais Nin

One handles truths like dynamite. — Anais Nin

The imagination is far better at inventing tortures than life because the imagination is a demon within us and it knows where to strike, where it hurts. It knows the vulnerable spot, and life does not, our friends and lovers do not, because seldom do they have the imagination equal to the task. — Anais Nin

Poetry, which is our relation to the senses, enables us to retain a living relationship to all things. It is the quickest means of transportation to reach dimensions above or beyond the traps set by the so-called realists. It is a way to learn levitation and travel in liberated continents, to travel by moonlight as well as sunlight. — Anais Nin

He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie. — Anais Nin

Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself. — Anais Nin

I want to do things so wild with you that I don't know how to say them. — Anais Nin

I disregard the proportions, the measures, the tempo of the ordinary world. I refuse to live in the ordinary world as ordinary women. To enter ordinary relationships. I want ecstasy. I am a neurotic — in the sense that I live in my world. I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself. — Anais Nin

Life Lessons by Anais Nin

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  1. Anais Nin taught us to embrace our innermost thoughts and feelings, no matter how unconventional or difficult they may be. She encouraged us to live authentically and to be unafraid of expressing our true selves.
  2. She also taught us to be open to change and to take risks in order to explore our potential and discover our true passions.
  3. Lastly, Anais Nin taught us to be compassionate and understanding towards others, and to appreciate the beauty of life in all its forms.

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