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  • #1
    Anaïs Nin
    “Our love of each other was like two long shadows kissing without hope of reality.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #2
    Albert Camus
    “I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world.”
    Albert Camus, L'Étranger

  • #3
    Anaïs Nin
    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #4
    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

  • #5
    Anaïs Nin
    “I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #6
    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

  • #7
    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

  • #8
    Anaïs Nin
    “Question: I am interested in so many things, and I have a terrible fear because my mother keeps telling me that I'm just going to be exploring the rest of my life and never get anything done. But I find it really hard to set my ways and say, "Well, do I want to do this, or should I try to exploit that, or should I escape and completely do one thing?"

    Anaïs Nin: One word I would banish from the dictionary is 'escape.' Just banish that and you'll be fine. Because that word has been misused regarding anybody who wanted to move away from a certain spot and wanted to grow. He was an escapist. You know if you forget that word you will have a much easier time. Also you're in the prime, the beginning of your life; you should experiment with everything, try everything.... We are taught all these dichotomies, and I only learned later that they could work in harmony. We have created false dichotomies; we create false ambivalences, and very painful one's sometimes -the feeling that we have to choose. But I think at one point we finally realize, sometimes subconsciously, whether or not we are really fitted for what we try and if it's what we want to do.

    You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you're not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn't a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #9
    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

  • #10
    Anaïs Nin
    “Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #11
    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

  • #12
    Albert Camus
    “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”
    Albert Camus

  • #13
    “There are perhaps many causes worth dying for, but to me, certainly, there are none worth killing for.”
    Albert Dietrich, Army GI, Pacifist CO: The World War II Letters of Frank and Albert Dietrich

  • #14
    Albert Camus
    “I had only a little time left and I didn't want to waste it on God.”
    Albert Camus, L'Étranger

  • #15
    Albert Camus
    “She was wearing a pair of my pajamas with the sleeves rolled up. When she laughed I wanted her again. A minute later she asked me if I loved her. I told her it didn't mean anything but that I didn't think so. She looked sad. But as we were fixing lunch, and for no apparent reason, she laughed in such a way that I kissed her.”
    Albert Camus, The Stranger

  • #16
    Albert Camus
    “Every time I hear a political speech or I read those of our leaders, I am horrified at having, for years, heard nothing which sounded human. It is always the same words telling the same lies. And the fact that men accept this, that the people’s anger has not destroyed these hollow clowns, strikes me as proof that men attribute no importance to the way they are governed; that they gamble – yes, gamble – with a whole part of their life and their so called 'vital interests.”
    Albert Camus

  • #17
    Albert Camus
    “There is not love of life without despair about life.”
    Albert Camus, The Stranger

  • #18
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • #19
    Abraham Lincoln
    “My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #20
    Roman Payne
    “I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.”
    Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

  • #21
    Roman Payne
    “It’s not that we have to quit
    this life one day, but it’s how
    many things we have to quit
    all at once: music, laughter,
    the physics of falling leaves,
    automobiles, holding hands,
    the scent of rain, the concept
    of subway trains... if only one
    could leave this life slowly!”
    Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

  • #22
    Roman Payne
    “Mine was the twilight and the morning. Mine was a world of rooftops and love songs.”
    Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

  • #23
    Roman Payne
    “I regained my soul through literature after those times I'd lost it to wild-eyed gypsy girls on the European streets.”
    Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

  • #24
    Roman Payne
    “I was surrounded by friends, my work was immense, and pleasures were abundant. Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil. Overall, I was happiest to be alone; for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to look out over the rooftops of the city. Happy to be alone in the company of friends, the company of lovers and strangers. Everything, I decided, in this life, was pure pleasure.”
    Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

  • #26
    Roman Payne
    “May a man live well-enough and long-enough, to leave many joyful widows behind him.”
    Roman Payne, Cities & Countries

  • #27
    Douglas Adams
    “The Guide says there is an art to flying", said Ford, "or rather a knack. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
    Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything

  • #28
    Hermann Hesse
    “I live in my dreams — that's what you sense. Other people live in dreams, but not in their own. That's the difference.”
    Hermann Hesse, Demian: Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

  • #29
    Hermann Hesse
    “Perhaps people like us cannot love. Ordinary people can - that is their secret. ”
    Hermann Hesse
    tags: love

  • #30
    Hermann Hesse
    “Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again. That is why every man's story is important, eternal, sacred; that is why every man, as long as he lives and fulfills the will of nature, is wondrous, and worthy of consideration. In each individual the spirit has become flesh, in each man the creation suffers, within each one a redeemer is nailed to the cross.”
    Hermann Hesse, Demian: Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

  • #31
    Hermann Hesse
    “There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.”
    Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf



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