Anais Nin

United States
21 Feb 1903 // 14 Jan 1977
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There are only two kinds of freedom in the world; the freedom of the rich and powerful, and the freedom of the artist and the monk who renounces possessions.
Stories are the only enchantment possible, for when we begin to see our suffering as a story, we are saved.
Some people read to confirm their own hopelessness. Others read to be rescued from it.
Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again.
Truth is something which can't be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning.
To commit suicide is easy. To live without a god is more difficult. The drunkenness of triumph is greater than the drunkenness of sacrifice.

Incest: From a Journal of Love
If a person continues to see giants, it means he is still looking at the world through the eyes of a child.
Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.
Living never wore one so much as the effort not to live.
I do not like the companionship of women. They are petty and personal. They hang on to their mysteries and secrets, they act and pretend. I like the character of men better.

Delta of Venus
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