Anais Nin
Quotations


Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes one feel as you might when a drowning man holds unto you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.

Art is the method of levitation, in order to separate one's self from enslavement by the earth.

Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage.

The final lesson a writer learns is that everything can nourish the writer. The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter, a talk on the street, a book, a phrase learned.

The poet is one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive.

The preoccupation of the novelist: how to capture the living moments, was answered by the diary. You write while you are alive. You do not preserve them in alcohol until the moment you are ready to write about them.

We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection.

We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.



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