Anais Nin

United States
21 Feb 1903 // 14 Jan 1977


For Love there are a Million Variations (1)

For love it is never the same. What goes on inside is never the same just like this music which changes every instant. For love there are a million variations, a million nights, a million days, contr...
The Diary of Ana�s Nin, Vol. 3: 1939-1944

Humanity Makes Everything Warm and Simple (2)

In art, in history man fights his fears, he wants to live forever, he is afraid of death, he wants to work with other men, he wants to live forever. He is like a child afraid of death. The child is a...
Children Of The Albatross

Exchanges of Soul (3)

The drug of love was no escape, for in its coils lie latent dreams of greatness which awaken when men and women fecundate each other deeply. Something is always born of man and woman lying together a...
The Four-Chambered Heart: V3 in Nin's Continuous Novel

The Real Love (4)

When does real love begin? At first it was a fire, eclipses, short circuits, lightning and fireworks; the incense, hammocks, drugs, wines, perfumes; then spasm and honey, fever, fatigue, warmth, c...
Fire: From A Journal of Love - The Unexpurgated Diary of Ana�s Nin, 1934-1938

My Life is a Perpetual Question Mark (5)

Do you know what I would answer to someone who asked me for a description of myself, in a hurry? This: ?? !! For indeed my life is a perpetual question mark - my thirst for books, my observatio...
The Early Diary of Ana�s Nin, Vol. 2: 1920-1923

I Seek Only the High Moments (6)

Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous. I want to be a writer who reminds others that these moments exist; ...
The Diary of Ana�s Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

Our Destiny (7)

What we call our destiny is truly our character and that character can be altered. The knowledge that we are responsible for our actions and attitudes does not need to be discouraging, because it als...
The Diary of Ana�s Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

The Loneliness a Woman Knows (8)

Man can never know the loneliness a woman knows. Man lies in the woman's womb only to gather strength, he nourishes himself from this fusion, and then he rises and goes into the world, into his work,...
The Diary of Ana�s Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

You are Hibernating (9)

You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book... or you take a trip... and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. T...
The Diary of Ana�s Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934



On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."