Angela Anais Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell (1903 - 1977), known professionally as Anais Nin, was a French-Cuban American diarist, essayist, novelist, and writer of short stories.
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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.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
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.
We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
When one is pretending the entire body revolts.
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
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.
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