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

  Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  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.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  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.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  We dont see things as they are, we see them as we are.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

  Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before. To test your limits. To break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  My diary is a mirror telling the story of a dreamer who, a long long time ago went through life the way one reads a book.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

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

  Passion gives me moments of wholeness.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Love consists of not looking each other in the eye, but of looking outwardly in the same direction.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Dont let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  The final lesson a writer learns is that everything can nourish the writer. The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter, a talk on the street, a book, a phrase learned.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  What I cannot love, I overlook.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Art is the method of levitation, in order to separate one's self from enslavement by the earth.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  I am only responsible for my own heart, you offered yours up for the smashing my darling. Only a fool would give out such a vital organ.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Love is the axis and breath of my life. The art I produce is a byproduct, an excrescence of love, the song I sing, the joy which must explode, the overabundance - that is all.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  I have no brakes on - analysis is for those who are paralyzed by life.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  All those who try to unveil the mysteries always have tragic lives. At the end they are always punished.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  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.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  I seek the real stuff of life. Profound drama.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

  The enemy of a love is never outside, it is not a man or woman, it is what we lack in ourselves.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  The creative personality never remains fixed on the first world it discovers. It never resigns itself to anything.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  People living deeply have no fear of death.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Someone told me the delightful story of the crusader who put a chastity belt on his wife and gave the key to his best friend for safekeeping, in case of his death. He had ridden only a few miles away when his friend, riding hard, caught up with him, saying, 'You gave me the wrong key!'  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  I dont 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.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Love reduces the complexity of living.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  To lie, of course, is to engender insanity.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we dont 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.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  My life is slowed up by thought and the need to understand what I am living.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  The poet is one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Experience teaches acceptance of the imperfect as life.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

  I write emotional algebra.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then dont write, because our culture has no use for it.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

  Someday I will be locked up for love insanity. 'She loved too much.'  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  To withhold from living is to die... the more you give of yourself to life the more life nourishes you.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Everything but happiness is neurosis.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

  This diary is my kief, hashish and opium pipe. This is my drug and my vice.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

  Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  The truly faithless one is the one who makes love to only a fraction of you. And denies the rest.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

  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.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment with it, that was the miracle.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  To think of him in the middle of the day lifts me out of ordinary living.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  You dont find love, it finds you. It is got a little bit to do with destiny, fate, and what's written in the stars.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Creation which cannot express itself becomes madness.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Human beings can reach such desperate solitude that they may cross a boundary beyond which words cannot serve, and at such moments there is nothing left for them but to bark.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  For you and for me the highest moment, the keenest joy, is not when our minds dominate but when we lose our minds.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  No one but a woman in love ever sees the maximum of men's greatness.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one's mind and psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.  
 -  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
  

  I hate men who are afraid of women's strength.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

  We dont have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  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.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  I would say that compassion for our parents is the true sign of maturity.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  I disregard the proportions, the measures, the tempo of the ordinary world. I refuse to live in the ordinary world as ordinary women. To enter ordinary relationships, I want ecstacy. 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.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

  I know why families were created, with all their imperfections. They humanize you. They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Passivity, like the passivity of India induced by religion, is destructive both to human life and to art.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Eroticism is one of the basic means of self-knowledge, as indispensible as poetry.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Dreams are necessary to life.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  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.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  We are beginning to see the influence of dream upon reality and reality upon dream.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

  The poet is one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive.  
 -  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
  

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

  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.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  I know why families were created, with all their imperfections. They humanize you. They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  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.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  To lie, of course, is to engender insanity.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

  Love consists of not looking each other in the eye, but of looking outwardly in the same direction.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Love reduces the complexity of living.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  I would say that compassion for our parents is the true sign of maturity.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before. To test your limits. To break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

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

  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.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Someone told me the delightful story of the crusader who put a chastity belt on his wife and gave the key to his best friend for safekeeping, in case of his death. He had ridden only a few miles away when his friend, riding hard, caught up with him, saying, 'You gave me the wrong key!'  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  This diary is my kief, hashish and opium pipe. This is my drug and my vice.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  The enemy of a love is never outside, it's not a man or woman, it's what we lack in ourselves.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  People living deeply have no fear of death.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  We don't have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Someone told me the delightful story of the crusader who put a chastity belt on his wife and gave the key to his best friend for safekeeping, in case of his death. He had ridden only a few miles away when his friend, riding hard, caught up with him, saying 'You gave me the wrong key!'  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Eroticism is one of the basic means of self-knowledge, as indispensable as poetry.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  Human beings can reach such desperate solitude that they may cross a boundary beyond which words cannot serve, and at such moments there is nothing left for them but to bark.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  It is not the experience of today that drives us mad; it is remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

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

  The artist is the only one who knows that the world is a subjective creation, that there is a choice to be made, a selection of elements  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.  
 -  Anais Nin
  

  I know why families were created with all their imperfections. They humanize you. They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.  
 -  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
  

  I didn't have a problem with rejection, because when you go into an audition, you're rejected already. There are hundreds of other actors. You're behind the eight ball when you go in there.  
 -  Anais Nin