Anais Nin 1

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

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

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

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

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

Dreams are necessary to life.
Anais Nin

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

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

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

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

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

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