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Anaïs Nin Culmell (1903-1977) was a famous American writer, born of Spanish Cuban parents, lived and worked in Paris, New York and Los Angeles. He gained international fame with his diaries, called Journals of Anaïs Nin, volumes from I to VII. They cover their memories from 1931 to 1974, and give an account of a woman's journey in a process of self-discovery. His work was ignored until the sixties, but then gained enormous relevance.
The original manuscripts of his diaries, which consist of 35,000 pages, are currently in the Department of Special Collections of UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles).
Today they consider it one of the leading writers of the twentieth century and a source of inspiration for women who challenge conventionally defined gender roles.
Famous quotes by Anaïs Nin
We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Throw your dreams into space like a kite, you don't know what they will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country ...
The secret of joy is the domain of pain.
I postpone death for living, for suffering, for making mistakes, for risking, for giving, for losing.
The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
To stop living is to die ... the more you give of life to yourself, the more life feeds you.
Each friend represents a world in us, a world that is not born until it arrives, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
Life is so fluid that you can only wait to capture the moment, capture it alive and fresh ... without destroying that moment.
Dreams are necessary for life.
Do not look for why, in love there is no reason, there is no reason, there is no explanation, there is no solution.
Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
Reality does not impress me. I only believe in drunkenness, ecstasy, and when ordinary life torments me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
To lie, of course, is to generate madness.
Let's go to the moon that is not far away. Man is much further from himself.
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
This morning, as if supported by the sun's rays, a bird settled on the fire escape, made my coffee happy, accompanied me as I walked.
The final lesson a writer learns is that everything can nurture the writer.
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.
Anxiety is the biggest killer of love. It makes one feel like when a drowning man grabs you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.
My life is retarded by thinking and the need to understand what I am living.
Loneliness can more than rust your words.
When others asked me for the truth, I was convinced that it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion with which they could bear to live.
There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality with imagination, as I try to do.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's value.
Every contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one must preserve it.
There is no great cosmic meaning for everyone, there is only the meaning that each one gives to our life, an individual meaning, a personal plot, like a novel, a book for each person.
Some people read to confirm their own hopelessness. Others read to be rescued from her.
I am only responsible for my own heart, you offered yours to destroy my love. Only a fool would give such a vital organ.
Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul, you create suffering.
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states through which we have to go. Where people fail is that they want to choose a state and stay in it. This is a kind of death.
Nothing too long imagined can be perfect in a verbal way.
Ordinary life does not interest me. I'm just looking for the most intense moments.
You can't save people. You can only love them.
The function of art is to renew our perception. What you are familiar with is what we stop seeing. The writer tells a familiar scene, and as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
I am like a snake that has already bitten. I withdraw from a direct battle while I know the slow effect of the poison.
In chaos, there is fertility.
Luxury is not a necessity for me, but beautiful things are good.
The truth is something that cannot be said in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning.
Creation that cannot be expressed becomes madness.
Introspection is a devouring monster. You have to feed it with a lot of material, a lot of experience, a lot of people, a lot of places, a lot of love, a lot of creations, and then stop feeding.
When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.
People who live deeply are not afraid of death.
Deeply lived personal life always expands in truths beyond itself.
Thinking about him in the middle of the day takes me out of ordinary life.
If you don't breathe through writing, if you don't scream in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write.
The only anomaly is the inability to love.
Good things happen to those who rush.
If we all acted in unison by acting individually, there would be no wars or poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the destiny of every human being who has come my way.
It's okay for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman in the first place.
I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who understands my strength, who makes me enormous demands, who does not doubt my courage or my hardness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman .
We write to prove life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.
Art is the method of levitation, to separate itself from the slavery of the earth.
Love never dies of a natural death. He dies because we don't know how to replenish his source. He dies of blindness, mistakes and betrayals. He dies of diseases and wounds; dies of fatigue and wilting.
What I can't love, I forget. Is that a true friendship?
Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
How wrong it is for a woman to expect man to build the world he wants, instead of creating it herself.
The self-made worlds are full of monsters and demons.
I reserve the right to love many different people at once, and to change my prince often.
In the dreamer's world there was loneliness: all the exaltations and joys came at the time of preparation to live. They took place in solitude.
He lacks confidence, craves insatiably admiration. She lives from the reflections of herself in the eyes of others. She does not dare to be herself.
Music melts all separate parts of our bodies together.
Passion gives me moments of fullness.
Dreams come to the reality of action. From the actions the dream comes up again; and this interdependence produces the highest way of life.
The same chemicals that were used in the composition of your own being were used in the kitchen: those that caused the most violent reaction, contradiction and teasing, the refusal to answer questions, but the love of putting them, and all the strong ones spices of the human relationship that were related to black pepper, paprika, soy sauce, ketchup and red peppers.
I write emotional algebra.
My ideas usually do not appear on my desk when I am writing, but in the middle of life.
What can I do with my happiness? How can I keep it, hide it, bury it where I never lose it? I want to kneel when the rain falls on me, pick it up with lace and silk, and press it on me again.
Now I was in that state of fire that I loved. I wanted to be burned.
I want my eroticism to mix with love. The deep love that one does not experience often.
Our love for each other was like two long shadows kissing without hope of reality.
There are two ways to reach me: through kisses or through imagination. But there is a hierarchy: kisses alone do not work.
Human beings can reach such desperate loneliness that they can cross a border beyond which words cannot serve, and at that time they have nothing left but to bark.
Shame is the lie that someone said about you.
I despise the proportions, the measures, the rhythm of the ordinary world. I refuse to live in the ordinary world as ordinary women. To enter normal relationships. I want ecstasy. I am a neurotic, in the sense that I live in my world. I will not adjust to the world. I am adjusted to myself.
I want to make my own discoveries ... penetrate the evil that attracts me.
I take pleasure in my transformations. I look calm and consistent, but few know how many women are in me.
And the day came when the risk of being tight in an outbreak was more painful than the risk of flowering.
There are books that we read early in life, which sink into our conscience and seem to disappear without leaving a trace. And then one day we found, in some the summary of our life and experience tells us that its influence has been enormous.
Only in the fever of creation could you recreate your own lost life.
I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just seeing images that I cannot live through, make love, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy.
If I had not created my whole world, I would certainly have died in that of other people.
I sat there for three hours and I didn't feel the time or the boredom of our talk and its stupid disconnection. While listening to her voice, I was completely lost, quite blind, quite out of myself.
You don't find love, he finds you. It has a little to do with destiny, destiny and what is written in the stars.
I must be a mermaid, Rank. I am not afraid of the depths and a great fear of superficial life.
Declining societies have no use for visionaries.
I hate men who are afraid of women's strength.
I am an excitable person who only understands lyrical life, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the wonderful that only the wonderful has power over me. Anything that can't transform into something wonderful, I let go.
Only the united bond of sex and the heart together can create ecstasy.
The true infidel is the one who makes love only to a fraction of you. And deny the rest.
The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.
Every word you wrote I ate, as if it were mana.
You write while you are alive. You do not keep your memories in alcohol until you are ready to write about them.
I will always be the virgin prostitute, a wicked angel, a sinister and holy woman with two faces.