Anais Nin was born Angela Anais Juana Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell in February 1903, a French author that became famous for her journals that spanned 60 years, starting from the time she was 11. Anais Nin is also well known for her erotica. She has been hailed as one of the finest writers of female erotica. Anais was one of the first women to completely explore the realm of erotic writing and was the very first prominent woman in Europe to write erotica. Here are a few of the top Anais Nin quotes.
“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.”
In this quote Anais is referring to the fact that life is an ever evolving journey. That to remain stagnant is to cease living… to die. There are some people that choose to remain in one state, such as the mourner that refuses to let go of the one they lost and let go of the grief. This can also happen with the person that chooses to focus on one happy event, may it be the award they won for a spelling bee, or a promotion that they received at work and they never move beyond that point, it becomes the focus of their life. You have to keep going through life actively, experience all that there is to experience in order to truly be alive.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
This is a quote that refers to the risk or chances one is willing to take in their life. If you are consumed by fear, say of flying, then you will never experience the feeling of seeing the world from above. The incredible images that you see when flying over a mountain, flying through the clouds, this thereby causes your life to shrink. The person that is afraid to swim in the ocean but takes advantage of a swim with the dolphins on a trip has expanded their life. You have to learn how to overcome fears and take advantage of the opportunities that are in front of you or you are simply missing out.
“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 toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.”
A woman is a female that is not afraid to take charge, to do for herself, who has the belief in herself that she can conquer and overcome whatever is in front of her. That she is just as able as the man that is in her life to do what needs to be done. A woman is a female that wants to be treated as an equal by her man, not coddled and wrapped in velvet.
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
This quote is about perception, it explains why a group of people can be in the same room and theoretically experience the same event… see the same movie… hear the same speech and each person will walk away with a different perception of what actually happened. How many times have you driven down a road on your way home, the same road each time… and one day you finally noticed that old house up on the hill. If you are a negative person a day where the cloud is mostly blue, the sun is warm and the clouds are like white cotton buds… you are going to see that there are clouds in the sky.
“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 does of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing. “
In other words love does not die on its own, as a person would from old age. Love cannot grow old. It does not self deplete. People use it, suck it all up and do not take the time to renew where they are getting that love, to return the love. People falsely assume that love will always be there not realizing that it like the flower needs nutrition and care.
I love the above quotes I hope you found the same enjoyment from them.