Motivational Anais Nin Quotes

Anais Nin (1903-1977) was a Cuban American writer born in France. She is noted for her literary work, especially her published diaries and several novels that fit nicely not the surrealist movement. She ran in the circles with some of the greatest writers of the early 20th century.

She is also noted for her profound insights into life as witnessed by the quotes below. She lived her life outside the mainstream and, using that view, gained insights into human life that still speak to the dreamer and the rebel in us all.

If you’ll spend the next few minutes reading, absorbing, and pondering, you’ll walk away with something valuable and a new commitment to yourself.

  1. My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am.

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

  3. We are going to the moon that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.

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

  5. We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.

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

  7. 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.

  8. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

  9. Pain is something to master, not to wallow in.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.

  14. You cannot save people. You can only love them.

  15. The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.

  16. I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.

  17. Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.

  18. Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite.

  19. Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again.

  20. Truth is something which can’t be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning.

  21. There is a perfection in everything that cannot be owned.