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When we blindly adopt a religion,
by Anais Nin

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

Related topics: Wisdom Cynical Change Open Choice

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

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

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

 

Good things happen to those who hustle.
- Anais Nin

We travel, some of us forever, to seek
other states, other lives, other souls.
- Anais Nin

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

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When ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
- Anais Nin

Dreams are necessary to life.
- Anais Nin

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

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

No more walls.
- Anais Nin

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.
- 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

Anything I can not transform
into something marvelous, I let go.
- 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

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

I say all that happens is wonderful.
- Anais Nin

Life is truly known only to those who suffer,
lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
- Anais Nin

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

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

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

I have the right to love many people at once
and to change my prince often.
- Anais Nin

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

Anxiety is love's greatest killer.
It makes one feel as you might
when a drowning man holds unto you.
You want to save him, but you know
he will strangle you with his panic.
- Anais Nin

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

Love men and women not for their strength
but their softness,
not for their fullness but their hunger,
not for their plenty but their need.
- Anais Nin
(paraphrase)

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.
- Anais Nin

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

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

Living never wore one out
so much as the effort not to live.
- 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

People living deeply have no fear of death.
- 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

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

The poet is one who is able to keep
the fresh vision of the child alive.
- 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

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

It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human.
I am a woman first of all.
- Anais Nin

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

I am so thirsty for the marvelous
that only the marvelous has power over me.
- Anais Nin

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

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

We don't have a language for the senses.
Feelings are images,
sensations are like musical sounds.
- Anais Nin

I postpone death by living, by suffering,
by error, by risking, by giving, by loving.
- Anais Nin

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

Reality doesn't impress me.
- 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

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

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

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in
the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
- Anais Nin

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

I write emotional algebra.
- Anais Nin

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

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

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.
- 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 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.
- Anais Nin

My diary is a mirror telling the story of a dreamer who,
a long long time ago went through life the way one reads a book.
- Anais Nin

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

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

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing
but in the midst of living.
- Anais Nin

I am in a beautiful prison from which
I can only escape by writing.
- 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

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

To write is to descend, to excavate, to go underground.
- Anais Nin

Truth is something which can't be told in a few words.
Those who simplify the universe
only reduce the expansion of its meaning.
- Anais Nin

Jazz is the music of the body.
- Anais Nin

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


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