Adolescence is like cactus.

— Anais Nin

The most grateful Anais Nin quotes that will activate your inner potential

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

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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.

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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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Anais Nin quote The only abnormality is the incapacity t

The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.

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

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Life, religion and art all converge in Bali.

They have no word in their language for 'artist' or 'art.' Everyone is an artist.

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Anais Nin quote And the day came when the risk it took t

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Anais Nin quote And the day came when the risk to remain

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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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.

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Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source.

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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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Anais Nin quote Had I not created my whole world. I woul

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

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About Anais Nin

Quotes 512 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

People living deeply have no fear of death.

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Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.

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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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Anais Nin quote I must be a mermaid... I have no fear of

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Anais Nin quote Life shrinks or expands in proportion to

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

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

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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

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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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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.

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

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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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The dream was always running ahead of me.

To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.

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

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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.

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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.

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Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.

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When you possess light within, you see it externally.

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Dreams are necessary to life.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Your eyes make me shy

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

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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.

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

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Dreams pass into the reality of action.

From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.

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

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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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What is love but acceptance of the other, whatever he is.

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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.

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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.

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

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