Anaïs Nin: “There is always more mystery”

Anaïs Nin (Bettmann/Corbis)

 
Anaïs Nin was born in Neuilly, France, on 21 February 1903.
   
  
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“The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.”
 
– Anaïs Nin
 
 
 
“If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience and creation.”
 
– Anaïs Nin
 

 
“I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot love in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy.”
 
– Anaïs Nin
  
 
 
“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”
 
– Anaïs Nin
 

 
“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.”
 
– Anaïs Nin
 

 
“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”
 
– Anaïs Nin
 
 
 
“Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”
 
– Anaïs Nin
 
 
 
“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.”
 
– Anaïs Nin
  
  
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
 
– Anaïs Nin
  
 
  
“When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.”
 
– Anaïs Nin

 
 
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5 thoughts on “Anaïs Nin: “There is always more mystery”

  1. christine

    I read a lot of her work when I was younger. I think I’ll get back into her writing again once summer comes rond the bend…

  2. Julie

    What an amazing talent. The quotes are awesome. Yes, there is always more mystery! It saddens me when I meet people who think they are too smart to be awed by the exciting mystery of it all. I also love “great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”

  3. odessa

    i love all the quotes. i must add her to my reading list. like julie, i love this the most: “great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”

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