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  • #1
    John Keats
    “The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”
    John Keats


  • #2
    John Keats
    “Darkling I listen; and, for many a time
    I have been half in love with easeful Death,
    Call'd him soft names in many a musèd rhyme,
    To take into the air my quiet breath;
    Now more than ever seems it rich to die,
    To cease upon the midnight with no pain, While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad
    In such an ecstasy!”
    John Keats


  • #3
    Anaïs 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 naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #4
    Anaïs 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.”
    Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934


  • #5
    Anaïs Nin
    “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #6
    Anaïs Nin
    “Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #7
    Anaïs Nin
    “How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #8
    Anaïs 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”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #9
    Anaïs Nin
    “I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #10
    Anaïs 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.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #11
    Anaïs Nin
    “People living deeply have no fear of death.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #12
    Anaïs 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.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #13
    Anaïs 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.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #14
    Anaïs Nin
    “I am the most tired woman in the world. I am tired when I get up. Life requires an effort I cannot make. Please give me that heavy book. I need to put something heavy like that on top of my head. I have to place my feet under the pillows always, so as to be able to stay on earth. Otherwise I feel myself going away, going away at a tremendous speed, on account of my lightness. I know that I am dead. As soon as I utter a phrase my sincerity dies, becomes a lie whose coldness chills me. Don't say anything, because I see that you understand me, and I am afraid of your understanding. I have such a fear of finding another like myself, and such a desire to find one! I am so utterly lonely, but I also have such a fear that my isolation be broken through, and I no longer be the head and ruler of my universe. I am in great terror of your understanding by which you penetrate into my world; and then I stand revealed and I have to share my kingdom with you.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #15
    Anaïs Nin
    “You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”
    Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934


  • #16
    Anaïs Nin
    “You don't find love, it finds you. It's got a little bit to do with destiny, fate, and what's written in the stars.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #17
    Anaïs Nin
    “The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #18
    Anaïs Nin
    “Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.”
    Anaïs Nin, Henry And June


  • #19
    Anaïs Nin
    “There are two ways to reach me: by way of kisses or by way of the imagination. But there is a hierarchy: the kisses alone don't work.”
    Anaïs Nin, Henry And June


  • #20
    Anaïs Nin
    “I hate men who are afraid of women's strength.”
    Anaïs Nin, Henry and June: From "A Journal of Love"--The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin


  • #21
    Anaïs Nin
    “Man can never know the loneliness a woman knows. Man lies in the woman's womb only to gather strength, he nourishes himself from this fusion, and then he rises and goes into the world, into his work, into battle, into art. He is not lonely. He is busy. The memory of the swim in amniotic fluid gives him energy, completion. Woman may be busy too, but she feels empty. Sensuality for her is not only a wave of pleasure in which she is bathed, and a charge of electric joy at contact with another. When man lies in her womb, she is fulfilled, each act of love a taking of man within her, an act of birth and rebirth, of child rearing and man bearing. Man lies in her womb and is reborn each time anew with a desire to act, to be. But for woman, the climax is not in the birth, but in the moment man rests inside of her.”
    Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934


  • #22
    Anaïs Nin
    “Sometimes we reveal ourselves when we are least like ourselves.”
    Anaïs Nin, Henry and June: From "A Journal of Love"--The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin


  • #23
    Anaïs Nin
    “The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #24
    Anaïs Nin
    “Everything with me is either worship and passion or pity and understanding. I hate rarely, though when I hate, I hate murderously. For example now, I hate the bank and everything connected with it. I also hate Dutch paintings, penis-sucking, parties, and cold rainy weather. But I am much more preoccupied with loving.”
    Anaïs Nin, Henry and June: From "A Journal of Love"--The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin


  • #25
    Anaïs Nin
    “The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #26
    Anaïs Nin
    “I do not want to be the leader. I refuse to be the leader. I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness. I want a man lying over me, always over me. His will, his pleasure, his desire, his life, his work, his sexuality the touchstone, the command, my pivot. I don’t mind working, holding my ground intellectually, artistically; but as a woman, oh, God, as a woman I want to be dominated. I don’t mind being told to stand on my own feet, not to cling, be all that I am capable of doing, but I am going to be pursued, fucked, possessed by the will of a male at his time, his bidding.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #27
    Anaïs Nin
    “We are like sculptors, constantly carving out of others the image we long for, need, love or desire, often against reality, against their benefit, and always, in the end, a disappointment, because it does not fit them.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #28
    Anaïs Nin
    “The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #29
    Anaïs Nin
    “I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.”
    Anaïs Nin


  • #30
    Ezra Pound
    “No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.”
    Ezra Pound




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