Anais Nin Quotes

Anais Nin with quote“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“The personal, if it deep enough, becomes universal, mythical, symbolic.”

Anais Nin born February 21, 1903 — January 14, 1977.


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For over twenty-five years, I've taught elementary grades, high school, and county special education classes. Now I am a field supervisor for teachers working toward their teaching credentials. I also teach writing classes in Dublin and Pleasanton, California. I have won 5 awards in short story contests, My stories are published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, and several anthologies including four times in Las Positas College collections. I have several book projects, but the two that have my immediate attention are HADA'S FOG, which is women's fiction, LILLI, a YA novel, and NORMAN IN THE PICTURE, a paranormal mystery. I have published an anthology WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES that includes writings from members of my writing classes and other writers. It's available on Amazon and Kindle.

4 thoughts on “Anais Nin Quotes”

  1. Wow! Thank you, Julaina, for that brief, much-needed peek into the world of Anais Nin. It has been (gosh) two decades since I last read her work and I did not recall her profundity. I suppose I wasn’t able to grasp it then. What a gift!


    1. Thanks, Kim, for commenting. It’s good to hear from you. Yes, I saw Anais’s name on a flyer and decided to look for quotes by her. She was unique. Are you going to the San Francisco Writers Conference or are you too busy to write these days? I enjoyed your video.


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