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Anais Nin quotes

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.

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

Good things happen to those who hustle.

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.

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

People living deeply have no fear of death.

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

Dreams are necessary to life.