Anais Nin Quotes


48 Anais Nin quotes:



"My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living."
"There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all."
"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say."
"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
"How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself."
"Truth is something which can't be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning."
"Good things happen to those who hustle."
"Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it."
"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."
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."
"Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live."
"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."
"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."
"What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?"
"The only abnormality is the incapacity to love."



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