Anais Nin quotes

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

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

— Anais Nin

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

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

— Anais Nin

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

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

— Anais Nin

 quotes - How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself. Share

“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

“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

“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

“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 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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.”

— 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

“Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.”

— Anais Nin

“Good things happen to those who hustle.”

— Anais Nin

“Dreams are necessary to life.”

— Anais Nin

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

— Anais Nin

“Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.”

— Anais Nin

“People living deeply have no fear of death.”

— 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

“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

“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

“The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.”

— Anais Nin

“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.”

— Anais Nin

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

— Anais Nin

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

— Anais Nin

“It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all.”

— 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

“There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.”

— Anais Nin