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Anais Nin Thoughts


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.

Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.

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

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.

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.

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

Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.

Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live.

The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless.

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