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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
A war regarded as inevitable or even probable, and therefore much prepared for, has a very good chance of eventually being fought.
- Anais Nin | War Quotes
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.
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 | Happiness Quotes
Violence is a symptom of impotence.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
- Anais Nin | Friendship Quotes
[Families] are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.
- Anais Nin | Friendship Quotes
What I cannot love, I overlook.
- Anais Nin | Friendship Quotes
I cannot concentrate all my friendship on any single one of my friends because no one is complete enough in himself.
- Anais Nin | Friendship Quotes
There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.
- Anais Nin | Self-Knowledge Quotes
She lacks confidence, she craves admiration insatiably. She lives on the reflections of herself in the eyes of others. She does not dare to be herself.
When one is pretending the entire body revolts.
Beware of allowing a tactless word, rebuttal, a rejection to obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin | Self-Control Quotes
One must be thrust out of a finished cycle in life, and that leap is the most difficult to make-to part with one's faith, one's love, when one would prefer to renew the faith and recreate the passion.
- Anais Nin | The Past Quotes
To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard. If one changes internally, one should not continue to live with the same objects. They reflect one's mind and psyche of yesterday. I throw away what has no dynamic, living use.
One must be thrust out of a finished cycle in life, and that leap is the most difficult to make-to part with one's faith, one's love, when one would prefer to renew the faith and recreate the passion.
I don't tell the truth any more to those who can't make use of it. I tell it mostly to myself, because it always changes me.
- Anais Nin | Right Quotes
She lacks confidence, she craves admiration insatiably. She lives on the reflections of herself in the eyes of others. She does not dare to be herself.
- Anais Nin | Right Quotes
People living deeply have no fear of death.
I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
- Anais Nin | Risks Quotes
There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.
- Anais Nin | Courage Quotes
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
- Anais Nin | Courage Quotes
I was thinking of my patients, and how the worst moment for them was when they discovered they were masters of bad or good luck. When they could no longer blame fate, they were in despair.
- Anais Nin | Luck Quotes
There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
- Anais Nin | Time Quotes
When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.
- Anais Nin | Events Quotes
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.
- Anais Nin | Heartbreak Quotes
What I cannot love, I overlook.
- Anais Nin | Life Quotes


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