Quotes by Anais Nin


We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
– Anais Nin

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
– Anais Nin
A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.
– Anais Nin
Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
– Anais Nin
Dreams are necessary to life.
– Anais Nin
Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.
– Anais Nin
Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.
– Anais Nin
Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
– Anais Nin
Good things happen to those who hustle.
– Anais Nin
He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie.
– 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
I know why familles 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
I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
– Anais Nin
I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.
– Anais Nin
I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy.
– Anais Nin
If all of us acted in unison as I act individually there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way.
– Anais 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.
– 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
It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all.
– Anais Nin
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
– Anais Nin