Anais Nin Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Anais Nin quotes and Anais Nin sayings, and Anais Nin proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

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

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

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"People living deeply have no fear of death."

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"The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle."

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

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"It’s all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all."

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

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

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"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."

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"The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself."

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"Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions."

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"We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"Dreams are necessary to life."

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"The only abnormality is the incapacity to love."

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

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

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"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."

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"We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are."

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

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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 efface an hour by passionate love, without twists, without aftertaste. When it is finished, it is not finished, we lie still in each other’s arms lulled by our love, by tenderness — sensuality in which the whole being can participate."

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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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"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."

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