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“Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous. I want to be a writer who reminds others that these moments exist; I want to prove that there is infinite space, infinite meaning, infinite dimension. But I am not always in what I call a state of grace. I have days of illuminations and fevers. I have days when the music in my head stops. Then I mend socks, prune trees, can fruits, polish furniture. But while I am doing this I feel I am not living.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
“Had I not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in other people’s. ”
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“I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
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“I reserve the right to love many different people at once, and to change my prince often.”
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“To think of him in the middle of the day lifts me out of ordinary living.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
“In the world of the dreamer there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment of preparation for living. They took place in solitude. But with action came anxiety, and the sense of insuperable effort made to match the dream, and with it came weariness, discouragement, and the flight into solitude again. And then in solitude, in the opium den of remembrance, the possibility of pleasure again.”
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“Only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy.”
Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus
“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.”
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“Do you know what I would answer to someone who asked me for a description of myself, in a hurry? This:

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For indeed my life is a perpetual question mark--my thirst for books, my observations of people, all tend to satisfy a great, overwhelming desire to know, to understand, to find an answer to a million questions. And gradually the answers are revealed, many things are explained, and above all, many things are given names and described, and my restlessness is subdued. Then I become an exclamatory person, clapping my hands to the immense surprises the world holds for me, and falling from one ecstasy into another. I have the habit of peeping and prying and listening and seeking--passionate curiosity and expectation. But I have also the habit of being surprised, the habit of being filled with wonder and satisfaction each time I stumble on some wondrous thing. The first habit could make me a philosopher or a cynic or perhaps a humorist. But the other habit destroys all the delicate foundations, and I find each day that I am still...only a Woman!”
Anaïs Nin, The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 2: 1920-1923
“I want to make my own discoveries…….penetrate the evil which attracts me”
Anaïs Nin, Henry and June: From "A Journal of Love"--The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin
“For you and for me the highest moment, the keenest joy, is not when our minds dominate but when we lose our minds, and you and I both lose it in the same way, through love.”
Anaïs Nin, Fire: From �A Journal of Love� The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1934-1938
“He was now in that state of fire that she loved. She wanted to be burnt.”
Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus
“There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.”
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“You carry away with you a reflection of me, a part of me. I dreamed you; I wished for your existence. You will always be a part of my life. If I love you, it must be because we shared, at some moment, the same imaginings, the same madness, the same stage.”
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“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. ”
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“In chaos, there is fertility.”
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“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”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
“Creation which cannot express itself becomes madness.”
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“If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.”
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“Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together. ”
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“When does real love begin?

At first it was a fire, eclipses, short circuits, lightning and fireworks; the incense, hammocks, drugs, wines, perfumes; then spasm and honey, fever, fatigue, warmth, currents of liquid fire, feast and orgies; then dreams, visions, candlelight, flowers, pictures; then images out of the past, fairy tales, stories, then pages out of a book, a poem; then laughter, then chastity.

At what moment does the knife wound sink so deep that the flesh begins to weep with love?

At first power, power, then the wound, and love, and love and fears, and the loss of the self, and the gift, and slavery. At first I ruled, loved less; then more, then slavery. Slavery to his image, his odor, the craving, the hunger, the thirst, the obsession.”
Anaïs Nin, Fire: From �A Journal of Love� The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1934-1938
“I have no brakes on...analysis is for those who are paralyzed by life.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
“I prefer by far the warmth and softness to mere brilliancy and coldness. Some people remind me of sharp dazzling diamonds. Valuable but lifeless and loveless. Others, of the simplest field flowers, with hearts full of dew and with all the tints of celestial beauty reflected in their modest petals.”
Anaïs Nin, The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 2: 1920-1923
“life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity, & stumble from defeat to defeat.”
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“In my childhood diary I wrote: “I have decided that it is better not to love anyone, because when you love people, then you have to be separated from them, and that hurts too much.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
“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.”
Anaïs Nin, Journals Of Anais Nin Volume 3
“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.”
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“When one is pretending, the entire body revolts.”
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“When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947
“Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”
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