Anais Nin: Love, Courage & Hustle

Anais Nin

“We are going to the moon — that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.”

“Living never wore one so much as the effort not to live.”

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

“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.”

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

“Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.”

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

“When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.”

“Good things happen to those who hustle.”

All quotes by Anais Nin

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