Anais Nin Quotes

Anais Nin

US (French-born) author & diarist (1903 - 1977)

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

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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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When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.

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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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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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I walk ahead of myself in perpetual expectancy of miracles.

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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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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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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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The personal, if it is deep enough, becomes universal, mythical, symbolic.

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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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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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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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There are only two kinds of freedom in the world; the freedom of the rich and powerful, and the freedom of the artist and the monk who renounces possessions.

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