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I Must Speak to You (11)

I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feeling...
Persuasion

Love is the Most Important Thing (12)

Don't ever kid yourself about loving some one. It is just that most people are not lucky enough ever to have it. You never had it before and now you have it. What you have with Maria, whether it last...
For Whom the Bell Tolls

To Love! (13)

To love! To surrender absolutely, to prostrate oneself before the divine image, to die a thousand imaginary deaths, to annihilate every trace of self, to find the whole universe embodied and enshrine...
Sexus

How to Tell you what I Feel (14)

Ana´s, I don't know how to tell you what I feel. I live in perpetual expectancy. You come and the time slips away in a dream. It is only when you go that I realize completely your presence. And then ...
A Literate Passion: Letters of Ana´s Nin & Henry Miller, 1932-1953

For Love there are a Million Variations (15)

For love it is never the same. What goes on inside is never the same just like this music which changes every instant. For love there are a million variations, a million nights, a million days, contr...
The Diary of Ana´s Nin, Vol. 3: 1939-1944

Exchanges of Soul (16)

The drug of love was no escape, for in its coils lie latent dreams of greatness which awaken when men and women fecundate each other deeply. Something is always born of man and woman lying together a...
The Four-Chambered Heart: V3 in Nin's Continuous Novel

The Real Love (17)

When does real love begin? At first it was a fire, eclipses, short circuits, lightning and fireworks; the incense, hammocks, drugs, wines, perfumes; then spasm and honey, fever, fatigue, warmth, c...
Fire: From A Journal of Love - The Unexpurgated Diary of Ana´s Nin, 1934-1938

Desperate Need for Love (18)

In the oasis complex, the thirsty man images he sees water, palm trees, and shade not because he has evidence for the belief, but because he has a need for it. Desperate needs bring about a hallucina...
On Love

Cynicism and Love (19)

If cynicism and love lie at opposite ends of a spectrum, do we not sometimes fall in love in order to escape the debilitating cynicism to which we are prone? Is there not in every coup de foudre a ce...
On Love

To Be Loved by Someone (20)

To be loved by someone is to realize how much they share the same needs that lie at the heart of our own attraction to them. Albert Camus suggested that we fall in love with people because, from the ...
On Love
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