50 best Anais Nin Quotes on Love and Change:

Best Anais Nin Quotes on Love and Change:

1- “It takes courage to push yourself to places you have never been before… to test your limits… to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to stay tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin

It takes courage to push yourself to places you have never been before… to test your limits… to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to stay tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom

2- “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.” ~ Anais Nin

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

3- “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ~ Anais Nin

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

4- “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~ Anais Nin

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage

5- “Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.” ~ Anais Nin

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky

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

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

7- “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.” ~ Anais Nin

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

8- “”We see the world as ‘we’ are, not as ‘it’ is; because it is the “I” behind the ‘eye’ that does the seeing.”” ~ Anais Nin

We see the world as 'we' are, not as 'it' is; because it is the "I" behind the 'eye' that does the seeing

9- “You cannot save people. You can only love them.” ~ Anais Nin

You cannot save people. You can only love them

10- “There are two ways to reach me: by way of kisses or by way of the imagination. But there is a hierarchy: the kisses alone don’t work.” ~ Anais Nin

There are two ways to reach me: by way of kisses or by way of the imagination. But there is a hierarchy: the kisses alone don't work

11- “I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” ~ Anais Nin

I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living

12- “When you possess light within, you see it externally.” ~ Anais Nin

When you possess light within, you see it externally

13- “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 also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements.” ~ Anais Nin

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 also means that we are free to change this destiny. One is not in bondage to the past, which has shaped our feelings, to race, inheritance, background. All this can be altered if we have the courage to examine how it formed us. We can alter the chemistry provided we have the courage to dissect the elements

14- “We don’t have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.” ~ Anais Nin

We don't have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds

15- “Pain is something to master, not to wallow in.” ~ Anais Nin

Pain is something to master, not to wallow in

16- “Tranquillity is contagious, peace is contagious. One only thinks of the contagiousness of illness, but there is the contagion of serenity and joy.” ~ Anais Nin

Tranquillity is contagious, peace is contagious. One only thinks of the contagiousness of illness, but there is the contagion of serenity and joy

17- “Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go.” ~ Anais Nin

Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go

18- “My life is not possible to tell. I change every day, change my patterns, my concepts, my interpretations. I am a series of moods and sensations. I play a thousand roles. I weep when I find others play them for me. My real self is unknown. My work is merely an essence of this vast and deep adventure.” ~ Anais Nin

My life is not possible to tell. I change every day, change my patterns, my concepts, my interpretations. I am a series of moods and sensations. I play a thousand roles. I weep when I find others play them for me. My real self is unknown. My work is merely an essence of this vast and deep adventure

19- “I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits” ~ Anais Nin

I don’t really want to become normal, average, standard. I want merely to gain in strength, in the courage to live out my life more fully, enjoy more, experience more. I want to develop even more original and more unconventional traits

20- “How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.” ~ Anais Nin

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

21- “I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.” ~ Anais Nin

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman

22- “I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. 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.” ~ Anais Nin

I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. 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

23- “From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.” ~ Anais Nin

From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life

24- “We are never trapped unless we choose to be.” ~ Anais Nin

We are never trapped unless we choose to be

25- “Experience teaches acceptance of the imperfect as life.” ~ Anais Nin

Experience teaches acceptance of the imperfect as life

26- “I take pleasure in my transformations. I look quiet and consistent, but few know how many women there are in me.” ~ Anais Nin

I take pleasure in my transformations. I look quiet and consistent, but few know how many women there are in me

27- “I love the abstract, delicate, profound, vague, voluptuously wordless sensation of living ecstatically.” ~ Anais Nin

I love the abstract, delicate, profound, vague, voluptuously wordless sensation of living ecstatically

28- “You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too.” ~ Anais Nin

You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too

29- “We do not see the world as it is. We see the word as we are.” ~ Anais Nin

We do not see the world as it is. We see the word as we are

30- “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 of layers, cells, constellations.” ~ Anais Nin

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 of layers, cells, constellations

31- “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.” ~ Anais Nin

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

32- “If I love you it means we share the same fantasies, the same madnesses” ~ Anais Nin

If I love you it means we share the same fantasies, the same madnesses

33- “When your beauty struck me, it dissolved me. Deep down, I am not different from you. I dreamed you, I wished for your existence. I see in you that part of me which is you. I surrender my sincerity because if I love you it means we share the same fantasies, we share the same madness.” ~ Anais Nin

When your beauty struck me, it dissolved me. Deep down, I am not different from you. I dreamed you, I wished for your existence. I see in you that part of me which is you. I surrender my sincerity because if I love you it means we share the same fantasies, we share the same madness

34- “For you and for me the highest moment, the keenest joy, is not when our minds dominate but when we lose our minds, and you and I both lose it in the same way, through love.” ~ Anais Nin

For you and for me the highest moment, the keenest joy, is not when our minds dominate but when we lose our minds, and you and I both lose it in the same way, through love

35- “The secret of life was Breath. That was what I always wanted my words to do, to Breathe.” ~ Anais Nin

The secret of life was Breath. That was what I always wanted my words to do, to Breathe

36- “What everyone forgets is that passion is not merely a heightened sensual fusion but a way of life which produces, as in the mystics, an ecstatic awareness of the whole of life.” ~ Anais Nin

What everyone forgets is that passion is not merely a heightened sensual fusion but a way of life which produces, as in the mystics, an ecstatic awareness of the whole of life

37- “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.” ~ Anais Nin

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

38- “The only transformer and alchemist that turns everything into gold is love. The only magic against death, aging, ordinary life, is love.” ~ Anais Nin

The only transformer and alchemist that turns everything into gold is love. The only magic against death, aging, ordinary life, is love

39- “The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.” ~ Anais Nin

The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle

40- “I adore the struggle you carry in yourself. I adore your terrifying sincerity.” ~ Anais Nin

I adore the struggle you carry in yourself. I adore your terrifying sincerity

41- “Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.” ~ Anais Nin

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

42- “I want to do things so wild with you that I don’t know how to say them.” ~ Anais Nin

I want to do things so wild with you that I don't know how to say them

43- “I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason.” ~ Anais Nin

I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason

44- “I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.” ~ Anais Nin

I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again

45- “The real wonders of life lie in the depths. Exploring the depths for truths is the real wonder which the child and the artist know: magic and power lie in truth.” ~ Anais Nin

The real wonders of life lie in the depths. Exploring the depths for truths is the real wonder which the child and the artist know: magic and power lie in truth

46- “I believe the lasting revolution comes from deep changes in ourselves which influence our collective life.” ~ Anais Nin

I believe the lasting revolution comes from deep changes in ourselves which influence our collective life

47- “I want to love you wildly. I don’t want words, but inarticulate cries, meaningless, from the bottom of my most primitive being, that flow from my belly like honey. A piercing joy, that leaves me empty, conquered, silenced.” ~ Anais Nin

I want to love you wildly. I don’t want words, but inarticulate cries, meaningless, from the bottom of my most primitive being, that flow from my belly like honey. A piercing joy, that leaves me empty, conquered, silenced

48- “I am a winged creature who is too rarely allowed to use its wings. Ecstasies do not occur often enough.” ~ Anais Nin

I am a winged creature who is too rarely allowed to use its wings. Ecstasies do not occur often enough

49- “willingness to explore everything is a sign of strength. The weak ones have prejudices. Prejudices are a protection.” ~ Anais Nin

willingness to explore everything is a sign of strength. The weak ones have prejudices. Prejudices are a protection

50- “Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul—you create suffering.” ~ Anais Nin

Whenever you do something that is not aligned with the yearning or your soul—you create suffering