Quotes from Anais Nin

Anaïs Nin

Anaïs Nin

 

“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”

“Creation which cannot express itself becomes madness.”

“I write emotional algebra.”

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection.”

“To write is to descend, to excavate, to go underground.”

“I am in a beautiful prison from which I can only escape by writing.”

“My diary is a mirror telling the story of a dreamer who, a long long time ago went through life the way one reads a book.”

“The poet is one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive.”

“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.”

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”

 

From Wikipedia:

Anaïs Nin (Spanish pronunciation: [anaˈiz ˈnin]; born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) was an American author born of Hispanic/Cuban parents in France, where she was also raised. She spent some time in Spain and Cuba but lived most of her life in the United States where she became an established author. She published journals (which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death), novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica. A great deal of her work, including Delta of Venus and Little Birds, was published posthumously.

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