Anais Nin quotes

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

    #Inspirational #Life #Inspiring

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

    #Inspirational #Motivational #Positive

  • When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Truth #Reality #Political

  • 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

    #Pride #Worry #Talent

  • We are never trapped unless we choose to be.
    -- Anais Nin

  • Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Strength #Clouds #Sky

  • 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

    #Life #Change #Failure

  • You cannot save people. You can only love them.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Inspirational #Life #People

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

    #Being Yourself #Tolerance #World

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

    #Life #Best Love #Love You

  • 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

    #Average #Unconventional #Want

  • 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

    #Inspirational #Life #Motivational

  • There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Freedom #Reality #Imagination

  • 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

    #Writing #Feelings #Wave

  • 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

    #Life #Motivational #Inspiring

  • 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

    #Love #Inspirational #Strength

  • I love the abstract, delicate, profound, vague, voluptuously wordless sensation of living ecstatically.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Profound #Abstract #Delicate

  • Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Together #Body #Separation

  • 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

    #Happiness #Knowledge #Fever

  • We have been poisoned by fairy tales.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Marriage #Fairy Tale #Fairy

  • People living deeply have no fear of death.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Life #Inspiring #Death

  • Good things happen to those who hustle.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Positivity #Nfl #Hustle

  • 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

    #Children #Dad #Father

  • I have no brakes on...analysis is for those who are paralyzed by life.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Analysis #Brake

  • 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

    #Family #Beautiful #Imperfection

  • 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.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Love #Inspirational #Life

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

    #Thinking #Being Sad #Humanity

  • 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 up of layers, cells, constellations.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Love #Life #Humility

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

    #Insecurity

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

    #Mean #Self #Self Knowledge

  • The source of sexual power is curiosity, passion. You are watching its little flame die of asphyxiation. Sex does not thrive on monotony. Without feeling, inventions, moods, no surprises in bed. Sex must be mixed with tears, laughter, words, promises, scenes, jealousy, envy, all of the spices of fear, foreign travel, new faces, novels, stories, dreams, fantasies, music, dancing, opium, wine.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Dream #Sex #Laughter

  • The earth is heavy and opaque without dreams.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Dream #Earth #Opaque

  • Nothing too long imagined can be perfect in a wordly way.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Imagination #Long #Perfect

  • Jazz is the music of the body.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Body #Jazz

  • We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Love #Writing #Heart

  • Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Inspirational #Life #Beautiful

  • I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Believe #Writing #World

  • A war regarded as inevitable or even probable, and therefore much prepared for, has a very good chance of eventually being fought.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Inspirational #War #Chance

  • 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

    #Book #Writing #Encounters

  • The richest source of creation is feeling, followed by a vision of its meaning.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Feelings #Vision #Creation

  • I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Stars #I Hate You #Hair

  • 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

    #Love #Mean #Different

  • 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

    #Love You #Joy #Want

  • We are going to the moon that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Moon #Men

  • Societies in decline have no use for visionaries.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Visionaries #Use #Decline

  • Violence is a symptom of impotence.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Violence #Symptoms

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

    #Death #Dying #Life Death

  • You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Mistake #Making Mistakes #Experiments

  • I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Boyfriend #Father #Long

  • The artist is the only one who knows that the world is a subjective creation, that there is a choice to be made, a selection of elements.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Artist #Choices #Elements

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

    #Inspirational Life #Memorable #Writing

  • In the world of the dreamer there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment of preparation for living. They took place in solitude. But with action came anxiety, and the sense of insuperable effort made to match the dream, and with it came weariness, discouragement, and the flight into solitude again. And then in solitude, in the opium den of remembrance, the possibility of pleasure again.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Dream #Remembrance #Effort

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

    #People #Different

  • What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?
    -- Anais Nin

    #Love #Friendship #Real

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

    #Addiction #Doe #Needs

  • Dreams are essential to life.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Dream #Psychics #Empowerment

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

    #Miracle #Anticipation #Walks

  • The enemy of a love is never outside, it's not a man or a woman, it's what we lack in ourselves.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Life #Love Is #Men

  • When one is pretending, the entire body revolts.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Being Yourself #Acceptance #Unique

  • 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.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Life #Wall #Freedom

  • 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

    #Self Esteem #Love Yourself #Eye

  • When I cannot bear outer pressures anymore, I begin to put order in my belongings...As if unable to organize and control my life, I seek to exert this on the world of objects.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Order #World #Pressure

  • I hate men who are afraid of women's strength.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Hate #Heart #Independent

  • 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

    #Broken #Effort #Connections

  • When I am most deeply rooted, I feel the wildest desire to uproot myself.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Desire #Feels

  • Life is so fluid that one can only hope to capture the living moment, to capture it alive and fresh ... without destroying that moment.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Alive #Life Is #Moments

  • Pain is something to master, not to wallow in.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Pain #Masters

  • 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.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Honesty #Bears #Ethics

  • 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

    #Ordinary #Doe #True Happiness

  • I take pleasure in my transformations. I look quiet and consistent, but few know how many women there are in me.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Looks #Quiet #Transformation

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

    #Lying #Shame #About Yourself

  • You live out the confusions until they become clear.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Confusion #Clear

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

    #Break Up #People #World

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

    #Art #Self #Order

  • Life is a process of becoming. A combination of states we have to go through.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Becoming #Life Is #States

  • I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Inspirational #Funny #New Year

  • The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Voice #Vision #Radio

  • 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

    #Love #Good Morning #Coffee

  • I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. 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.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Love #Life #Letting Go

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

    #Sisterhood #Want

  • 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

    #Being Alone #Men #World

  • Dreams are necessary to life.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Life #Happiness #Dream

  • The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Love #Heartbreak #Dream

  • 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.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Love #Inspirational #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.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Love #Inspirational #Joy

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

    #Spiritual #Life Lesson #Nephew

  • 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

    #Inspirational #Life #Art

  • 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

    #Love #Running #Dream

  • 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

    #Love #Dream #Together

  • The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Life #Truth #Character

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

    #Wisdom #Understanding #Intimacy

  • I am apparently gentle, unstable, and full of pretenses.  I will die a poet killed by the nonpoets, will renounce no dream, resign myself to no ugliness, accept nothing of the world but the one I made myself.  I wrote, lived, loved like Don Quixote, and on the day of my death I will say: ‘Excuse me, it was all a dream,’ and by that time I may have found one who will say: ‘Not at all, it was true, absolutely true.’
    -- Anais Nin

    #Dream #World #May

  • Where the myth fails, human love begins. Then we love a human being, not our dream, but a human being with flaws.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Dream #Flaws #Failing

  • The ivory tower of the artist may be the only stronghold left for human values, cultural treasures, man’s cult of beauty.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Artist #Men #Ivory Tower

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

    #Sex #Heart #Together

  • 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.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Love #Kissing #Two

  • What is love but acceptance of the other, whatever he is.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Love #Acceptance #What Is Love

  • 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

    #Life #Time #Illumination

  • 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

    #Truth #Use #Telling The Truth

  • Your eyes make me shy
    -- Anais Nin

    #Love #Crush #Eye