Today is the birthday of the enchanting Anais Nin. Her full name: Angela Anais Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell.
Ms. Nin’s writings have inspired others to create their own personal art at a higher level, to write with greater passion and freedom, to dare to go into their own inner darkness and bring pieces of hidden mysteries out into the light. To call her life fascinating, or even interesting, would be an understatement. She lived a life few before her ever did or few after her ever will, and countless numbers of lives will continue to be touched by her vibrancy, her uniqueness, and her fearless ability to dive deep into the human psyche. When she would finally come back up for air, she always brought pearls glowing with wisdom and insight to the surface. She wrote from secret chambers of her heart.
Today, I’d like to share with you some of her well-known and well-loved, classic quotes. For many, Anais Nin is a jumping off point to a greater understanding of self, sexuality, and an over all expansion of consciousness. Her writings come from the same source of magical energy that the oyster uses to produce beautiful pearls.
“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. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”
“Someone told me the delightful story of the crusader who put a chastity belt on his wife and gave the key to his best friend for safekeeping, in case of his death. He had ridden only a few miles away when his friend, riding hard, caught up with him, saying ‘You gave me the wrong key!”
“I disregard the proportions, the measures, the tempo of the ordinary world. I refuse to live in the ordinary world as ordinary women. To enter ordinary relationships. I want ecstasy. I am a neurotic — in the sense that I live in my world. I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself.”
There are volumes more to explore of this iconic writer. This is just a tiny taste of her delicious writings.
Here’s one last quote of hers, for now. It sums up her passion and thirst to courageously stand out, refusing to conform, refusing to be molded into the standards of the world. We should all allow ourselves a similar adventure.
Much Love ~ Angela xoxox