Literary Birthday – 21 February – Anaïs Nin

Anaïs Nin was born 21 February 1903, and died 14 January 1977.

Anaïs Nin: Top 15 Quotes

  1. I write emotional algebra.
  2. The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
  3. 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.
  4. Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.
  5. Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
  6. Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
  7. 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.
  8. We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
  9. The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.
  10. How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.
  11. Creation which cannot express itself becomes madness.
  12. People living deeply have no fear of death.
  13. I believe one writes because one has to create a world in which one can live. I could not live in any of the worlds offered to me — the world of my parents, the world of war, the world of politics. I had to create a world of my own, like a climate, a country, an atmosphere in which I could breathe, reign, and recreate myself when destroyed by living. That, I believe, is the reason for every work of art.
  14. We don’t have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.
  15. The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.

Anaïs Nin was a French-Cuban author, based at first in France and later in the United States. The novelist and short story writer gained international fame with her journals. She is well-known for her relationship with Henry Miller, and his wife, June. Much of her work, including Delta of Venus and Little Birds, was published after she died.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 21st February 2013