Sunday, February 21, 2010

Anais Nin

Words from the birthday girl:

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

"Do not seek the because--in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions."

"A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together."

"There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do."

"Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back; a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country."

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

"Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together."


Lauren said...

Every single one of these is amazing - what of her writing would you recommend reading first??

Sabrina said...

Hmm...well, Henry & June is probably her most famous work. It's the first of a bunch of collections of her journal entries. As for her novels, Delta of Venus is really good. I just think her life is actually just as, if not more, interesting than a world of fiction. Also, a caveat...she writes about sex. A lot. In a steamy, steamy way. Not that that's a bad thing.

Lauren said...

So I read on Wikipedia!

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