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Anaïs Nin (February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) was an essayist and memoirist born in France. She wrote journals, novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica. Today she is regarded as one of the leading female writers of the 20th century and a source of inspiration for women challenging conventionally defined gender roles. Here are some of her best quotes:

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”


“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.”


“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”


“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”


“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?”


“I am only responsible for my own heart, you offered yours up for the smashing my darling. Only a fool would give out such a vital organ.”


“Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”


“Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.”


“Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.”


“You don’t find love, it finds you. It’s got a little bit to do with destiny, fate, and what’s written in the stars.”

Source: GoodReads

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