Anais Nin quotes

Anais Nin was a prolific essayist, diarist, and novelist who gained critical acclaim for her pioneering contribution to female erotica. She was one of the first women to ever publish within the genre and is widely accredited with normalizing and changing public perception of the existence of raunchy literature in the American and European canons.

Her work is widely enjoyed by feminists and various other writers alike who are inspired by her bohemian lifestyle and her freedom-seeking approach to life. Her mixed Cuban-French heritage, interspersed with her later life spent in America, makes for fascinating reading, and her words are loved and distributed widely in the present day.

Anais Nin quotes
  • Good things happen to those who hustle. - Anais Nin

  • I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits.

  • "We see the world as 'we' are, not as 'it' is; because it is the "I" behind the 'eye' that does the seeing.

  • We are going to the moon that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.

  • You live out the confusions until they become clear.

  • In this instant of danger they realized they were each other's reason for living, and into this instant they threw their whole being.

  • Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.

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

  • The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.

  • But love, the great narcotic, was the hothouse in which all the selves burst into their fullest bloom...

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

  • The value of the personal relationship to all things is that it creates intimacy and intimacy creates understanding and understanding creates love.

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

  • I am resolved to write, write, and write. Nothing can turn me away from a path I have definitely set myself to follow.

  • The only transformer and alchemist that turns everything into gold is love. The only magic against death, aging, ordinary life, is love.

  • With a great clap of thunder, and like bitter tears The drops of rain become noisily mixed with those already fallen.

  • When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with.

  • Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source.

  • Men from the mountains always dream of the sea, and above all things I love to travel.

  • 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.

  • I am a neurotic - in the sense that I live in my world. I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself.