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Anais Nin
February 21, 1903 - January 14, 1977
Nationality: American
Category: Author
Subcategory: American Author

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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.


The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.


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


Dreams are necessary to life.


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


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


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.


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

    Topics: Courage

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


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.


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


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