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55 Best Anais Nin Quotes

1. “My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.” – Anais Nin

2. “Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again.” – Anais Nin

3. “Some people read to confirm their own hopelessness. Others read to be rescued from it.” – Anais Nin

4. “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

5. “What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?” – Anais Nin

6. “Pain is something to master, not to wallow in.” – Anais Nin

 7. “The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.” “Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.” – Anais Nin

8. “The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” – Anais Nin

9. “Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live.” – Anais Nin

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

11. “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.” – Anais Nin

12. “Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul—you create suffering.” – Anais Nin

13. “To withhold from living is to die … the more you give of yourself to life the more life nourishes you.” – Anais Nin

14. “Every word you wrote I ate, as if it were manna.” – Anais Nin

15. “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

16. “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.” – Anais Nin

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

18. “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

19. “Do not seek the because in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.” – Anais Nin

20. “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

21. “Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments.” – Anais Nin

22. “If you limit yourself only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.” – Anais Nin

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

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

25. “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

26. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

27. “The truly faithless one is the one who makes love to only a fraction of you. And denies the rest.” – Anais Nin

28. “People living deeply have no fear of death.” – Anais Nin

29. “Risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

30. “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

31. “Only in the fever of creation could she recreate her own lost life.” – Anais Nin

32. “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

33. “Passion gives me moments of wholeness.” – Anais Nin

34. “Nothing too long imagined can be perfect in a wordly way.” – Anais Nin

35. “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

36. “Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.” – Anais Nin

37. “Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul — you create suffering.” – Anais Nin

38. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin

39. “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

40. “You cannot save people; you can only love them.” – Anais Nin

41. “Dreams are necessary to life.” – Anais Nin

42. “We are going to the moon that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.” – Anais Nin

43. “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

44. “I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” – Anais Nin

45. “Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.” – Anais Nin

46. “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

47. “All those who try to unveil the mysteries always have tragic lives. At the end they are always punished.” – Anais Nin

48. ““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

49. “When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.” – Anais Nin

50. “We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection.” – Anais Nin

51. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage” – Anais Nin

52. “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

53. “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

54. “I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.” – Anais Nin

55. “Worlds self made are so full of monsters and demons.” – Anais Nin

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