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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.


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Only the united beat of sex and heart together can create ecstasy.
ANAïS NIN
There is a perfection in everything that cannot be owned.
ANAïS NIN
I had a feeling that Pandora's box contained the mysteries of woman's sensuality, so different from ...
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
Paul, Paul, this is the claim you never made, the fervor you never showed. You were so cool and ligh...
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You do not know what you are missing by your microscopic examination of sexual activity to the exclu...
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Good things happen to those who hustle.
ANAïS NIN
There is no bleaker moment in life of the city than that one which crosses the boundary lines betwee...
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Last night I wept. I wept because the process by which I have become woman was painful. I wept becau...
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With her eyes alone she could give this response, this absolutely erotic response, as if febrile wav...
ANAïS NIN
I am the most tired woman in the world. I am tired when I get up. Life requires an effort I cannot m...
ANAïS NIN
Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.
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I am like a snake who has already bitten. I retreat from a direct battle while knowing the slow effe...
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Again I take a taxi to Clichy address, but feel that I do not want to go on loving Henry more active...
ANAïS NIN
The magic beauty of simultaneity, to see the loved one rushing toward you at the same moment you are...
ANAïS NIN
So many broken promises, each day an aborted wish, a lost object, a misplaced unread book, clutterin...
ANAïS NIN
When you're in my arms, I know you're mine. But your feet are so swift, so swift, they carry you as ...
ANAïS NIN
The writer is the duelist who never fights at the stated hour, who gathers up an insult, like anothe...
ANAïS NIN
I only feel close to people who arouse my energy, who make enormous demands of me, who are capable o...
ANAïS NIN
The two men who have done the greatest harm to the world are Christ and Columbus. Christ taught us g...
ANAïS NIN
The struggle to emerge out of the past, clean of memories; the inadequacy of our hearts to cut life ...
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Since desire always goes towards that which is our direct opposite, it forces us to love that which ...
ANAïS NIN
If I love you it means we share the same fantasies, the same madnesses
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She lacks confidence, she craves admiration insatiably. She lives on the reflections of herself in t...
ANAïS NIN
I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
ANAïS NIN
Writers do not live one life, they live two. There is the living and then there is the writing. Ther...
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The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.
ANAïS NIN
The enemy of a love is never outside, it's not a man or a woman, it's what we lack in ourselves.
ANAïS NIN
Also, I do not like the companionship of women. They are petty and personal. They hang on to their m...
ANAïS NIN
For too many centuries women have been being muses to artists. I wanted to be the muse, I wanted to ...
ANAïS NIN
Pain is something to master, not to wallow in.
ANAïS NIN
[Y]ou have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The ful...
ANAïS NIN
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. -Anais Nin.
ANAIS NIN
Jazz is the music of the body
ANAIS NIN
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
ANAIS NIN
When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.
ANAIS NIN
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is t...
ANAIS NIN
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
ANAIS NIN
He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie.
ANAIS NIN
You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a ...
ANAIS NIN
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies ...
ANAIS NIN
There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was dr...
ANAIS NIN
The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more myst...
ANAIS NIN
Too late for changes, too late perhaps for explanations and ideological webs, but the love goes on, ...
ANAIS NIN
We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
ANAIS NIN