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Anais Nin
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We see things not as they are but as we are. Anais Nin
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I believe that in judging our actions we are more severe than professional judges. We judge not only our actions, but our thoughts, our intentions, our secret curses, our hidden hate. Anais Nin
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I'm restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again. Anais Nin
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I cannot concentrate all my friendship on any single one of my friends because no one is complete enough in himself. Anais Nin
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He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie. Anais Nin
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Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life. Anais Nin
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Dreams are necessary to life. Anais Nin
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I will always be the virgin-prostitute, the perverse angel, the two-faced sinister and saintly woman. Anais Nin
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I'm sick of my own romanticism! Anais Nin
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You cannot save people. You can only love them. Anais Nin
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From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life. Anais Nin
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Not afraid of poverty and drabness and who is untouched by it, untouched by the drunkenness of her friends; (she) who judges, selects, discards people with severity, who knows, when she is telling her endless anecdotes, that they are ways of escape, keeping herself all the more secret behind that profuse talk. Anais Nin
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I really believe that if I were not a writer, not a creator, not an experimenter, I might have been a very faithful wife. I think highly of faithfulness. But my temperament belongs to the writer, not to the woman Anais Nin
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Our love of each other was like two long shadows kissing without hope of reality. Anais Nin
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Talk-half-talk, phrases that had no need to be finished, abstractions, Chinese bells played on with cotton-tipped sticks, mock orange blossoms painted on porcelain. The muffled, close, half-talk of soft-fleshed women. The men she had embraced, and the women, all washing against the resonance of my memory. Sound within sound, scene within scene, woman within woman-like acid revealing an invisible script. One woman within another eternally, in a far-reaching procession, shattering my mind into fragments, into quarter tones which no orchestral baton can ever make whole again. Anais Nin
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When I don't write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I am in a prison. I feel I lose my fire and my color. It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing. Anais Nin
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To change skins, evolve into new cycles, I feel one has to learn to discard Anais Nin
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Instead of answering her as soon as he saw her hair grow electric, her face more vivid, her eyes like lightning, her body restless and jerky like a racehorse"s, he retired behind this wall of objective understanding, this gentle testing and acceptance of her, just as one watches an animal in the zoo and smiles at his antics, but is not drawn into this mood. It was this which left Lilith in a state of isolation - indeed, like a wild animal in an absolute desert. Anais Nin
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Only in the fever of creation could she recreate her own lost life. Anais Nin
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Introspection is a devouring monster. You have to feed it with much material, much experience, many people, many places, many loves, many creations, and then it ceases feeding on you. Anais Nin
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My diary seems to keep me whole. Anais Nin
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I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Anais Nin
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You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. Anais Nin
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Tropical nights are hammocks for lovers. Anais Nin
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We love best those who are, or act for us, a self we do not wish to be or act out. Anais Nin
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Life, religion and art all converge in Bali. They have no word in their language for 'artist' or 'art.' Everyone is an artist. Anais Nin
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Guilt is the one burden human beings can't bear alone. Anais Nin
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Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions. Anais Nin
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Create a world, your world. Alone. Stand alone. And then love will come to you, then it comes to you. Anais Nin
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I will not be just a tourist in a world of images. Anais Nin
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I believe that men are generally still a little afraid of the dark though the witches are all hung, and Christianity and candles have been introduced. Anais Nin
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I must know, he thinks. It must be clear to me. There is a world which is closed to him, a world of shadings, gradations, nuances, and subtleties. He is a genius and yet he is too explicit. June slips between his fingers. You cannot posses without loving. Anais Nin
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You are the poet, you walk inside my dreams... Anais Nin
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There are books which we read early in life, which sink into our consciousness and seem to disappear without leaving a trace. And then one day we find, in some summing-up of our life and put attitudes towards experience, that their influence has been enormous. Anais Nin
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We sit on the kitchen exchanging these diabolical outgrowths of overfertile minds. Anais Nin
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And silence. She liked the silence most of all. The silence in which the body, senses, the instincts, are more alert, more powerful, more sensitized, live a more richly perfumed and intoxication life, instead of transmuting into thoughts, words, into exquisite abstractions, mathematics of emotion in place of violent impact, the volcanic eruptions of fever, lust and delight. Anais Nin
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I don't hear your words: your voice reverberates against my body like another kind of caress, another kind of penetration. I have no power over your voice. It comes straight from you into me. I could stuff my ears and it would find its way into my blood and make it rise. Anais Nin
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The earth is heavy and opaque without dreams. Anais Nin
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Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls. Anais Nin
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It is a sign of great inner insecurity to be hostile to the unfamiliar. Anais Nin
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Where the myth fails, human love begins. Then we love a human being, not our dream, but a human being with flaws. Anais Nin
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I told her, "We have both lost ourselves, but sometimes we reveal the most when we are least like ourselves. I am not trying to think any more. I can't think when I am with you. You are like me, wishing for a perfect moment, but nothing too long imagined can be perfect in a worldly way. Neither one of us can say just the right thing. We are overwhelmed. Let us be overwhelmed. It is so lovely, so lovely. I love you June. Anais Nin
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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
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Violence is a symptom of impotence. Anais Nin
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Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. Anais Nin
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I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness. Anais Nin
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I adore the struggle you carry in yourself. I adore your terrifying sincerity. Anais Nin
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My life is slowed up by thought and the need to understand what I am living. Anais Nin
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The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body. Anais Nin
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We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. Anais Nin
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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 witherings, of tarnishings. Anais Nin
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How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself. Anais Nin
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We don't have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds. Anais Nin
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Expressing feelings is linked directly with creation... In this ability to tap the sources of feeling and imagination lies the secret of abundance. Anais Nin
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The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body. Always an orchestra, and just as music traverses walls, so sensuality traverses the body and reaches up to ecstasy. Anais Nin
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What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements. Anais Nin
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Again I take a taxi to Clichy address, but feel that I do not want to go on loving Henry more actively than he loves me (having realized that nobody will ever love me in that overabundant, overexpressive, overthoughtful, overhuman way I love people), and so I will wait for him. So I ask taxi driver to drop me at the Galeries Lafayette, where I begin to look for a new hat and to shop for Christmas. Pride? I don't know. A kind of wise retreat. I need people too much. So I bury my gigantic defect, my overflow of love, under trivialities, like a child. I amuse myself with a new hat. Anais Nin
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When one is pretending, the entire body revolts. Anais Nin
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I prefer by far the warmth and softness to mere brilliancy and coldness. Some people remind me of sharp dazzling diamonds. Valuable but lifeless and loveless. Others, of the simplest field flowers, with hearts full of dew and with all the tints of celestial beauty reflected in their modest petals. Anais Nin
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When I hear of people who weary of each other, I believe it is because they have sought virtues in themselves alone, attractions of physical beauty. Have they based their love on each other's thoughts? Who can weary of thoughts which change every day? Anais Nin
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They courted the face on the screen, the face of translucence, the face of wax on which men found it possible to imprint the image of their fantasy. Anais Nin
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The obstacle became his alibi for weakness. Anais Nin
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The man who was once starved may revenge himself upon the world not by stealing just once, or by stealing only what he needs, but by taking from the world an endless toll in payment of something irreplaceable, which is the lost faith. Anais Nin
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Passion gives me moments of wholeness Anais Nin
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She makes use of the soft of the bread for a napkin. She falls asleep at times with shoes on, on unmade beds. When a little money comes in, June buys delicacies, strawberries in the winter, caviar and bath salts. Anais Nin
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The ivory tower of the artist may be the only stronghold left for human values, cultural treasures, man's cult of beauty. Anais Nin
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Passion gives me moments of wholeness. Anais Nin
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To withhold from living is to die... the more you give of yourself to life the more life nourishes you. Anais Nin
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The hallucinatory drugs only reveal the world of images we contain but do not teach us interpretation, illumination, or enlightenment. Anais Nin
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When one is pretending the entire body revolts. Anais Nin
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