Quotes by Anaïs Nin

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

"Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings."

"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 naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman."

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."

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

Books by Anaïs Nin

  • Tropic of Cancer
  • 67,380 ratings
  • 1961 by Grove Press, Inc.

    (first published 1934)

  • Delta of Venus
  • 19,415 ratings
  • May 1st 2006 by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

    (first published 1969)

  • Little Birds
  • 10,120 ratings
  • February 2nd 2004 by Mariner Books

    (first published 1979)

  • A Season in Hell
  • 3,789 ratings
  • February 1st 1977 by Pomegranate Press (MA)

    (first published 1873)

Anaïs Nin
  • Anaïs Nin

  • Date of birth: February 21, 1903
  • Died: January 14, 1977
  • Born: in Neuilly, France.

  • Description: French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer, who gained international fame with her journals. Spanning the years from 1931 to 1974, they give an account of one woman's voyage of self-discovery. "It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all." (from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. I, 1966)

    Anaïs Nin was largely ignored until the 1960s. Today she is regarded as one of the leading female writers of the 20th century and a source of inspiration for women challenging conventionally defined gender roles.