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Anais Nin quotes page 3

We don't have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical
sounds.
Anais Nin

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous
demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me
naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
Anais Nin

The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.
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I would say that compassion for our parents is the true sign of maturity.
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I disregard the proportions, the measures, the tempo of the ordinary world. I refuse to live in
the ordinary world as ordinary women. To enter ordinary relationships, I want ecstacy. I am a
neurotic - in the sense that i live in my world. I will not adjust myself to the world. I am
adjusted to myself.
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There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try
to do.
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I know why families were created, with all their imperfections. They humanize you. They are
made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not
destroyed.
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Passivity, like the passivity of India induced by religion, is destructive both to human life and
to art.
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Eroticism is one of the basic means of self-knowledge, as indispensible as poetry.
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Dreams are necessary to life.
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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.
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We are beginning to see the influence of dream upon reality and reality upon dream.
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