Quotations From ANAÏS NIN


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  • The violence and obscenity are left unadulterated, as manifestation of the mystery and pain which ever accompanies the act of creation.
    Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), Franco-American novelist, diarist. Quoted in Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer, preface (1934).

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  • I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.
    Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), French-U.S. novelist, diarist. "Birth," Under a Glass Bell (1948).

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  • Woman does not forget she needs the fecundator, she does not forget that everything that is born of her is planted in her.
    Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), Franco-American novelist, diarist. The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 2, Aug. 1937 entry (1967).

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  • I never liked the language of Henry Miller. I don't think pornography has added to our sensual life.
    Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), Franco-American novelist, diarist. Quoted in Times (London, June 1, 1970). Nin had a ten-year relationship with Miller in France and the United States.

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  • Electric flesh-arrows ... traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm.
    Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), Franco-American novelist, diarist. The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 2, entry for Oct. 1937 (1967).

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