Anaïs Nin on Life

The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.”

Anaïs Nin, in full Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, was born in France to Cuban parents on 21 February 1903.
She lived a rather controversial life, writing short stories and essays known for their eroticism.
She rose to fame with her personal journals, which she began writing at the age of eleven and continued until her death in 1977

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”

“Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.”

“People living deeply have no fear of death.”

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”

“Il segreto della gioia è la padronanza del dolore.”

Anaïs Nin, per esteso Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell, nacque in Francia da genitori cubani il 21 febbraio 1903.
Visse in modo piuttosto controversi, scrivendo racconti e saggi noti per il loro erotismo.
Divenne famosa fama con i suoi diari personali che iniziò a scrivere quando aveva solo undici anni e continuò fino alla morte nel 1977

“La vita è un processo di divenire, una combinazione di stati che dobbiamo attraversare. Dove le persone falliscono è che vogliono scegliersi uno stato e restarci. Questa è una specie di morte”.

“La vita è veramente conosciuta solo da coloro che soffrono, perdono, sopportano le avversità e inciampano di sconfitta in sconfitta”.

“Le persone che vivono profondamente non hanno paura della morte”.

“Viaggiamo, alcuni di noi per sempre, per cercare altri stati, altre vite, altre anime”.

76 thoughts on “Anaïs Nin on Life

  1. “Le persone che vivono profondamente non hanno paura della morte”./“Viaggiamo, alcuni di noi per sempre, per cercare altri stati, altre vite, altre anime”, mi trovo molto in queste due definizioni.
    Di Anais Nin ho letto i Diari e Il delta di venere.

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  2. Padronanza is mastering? How interesting. I always love how all our cousin languages turn words around. Almost poetic.
    Nin was a very strong personality. I wonder whether the mould is broken? We do need more of those.
    Ciao, ciao…

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      1. No, I don’t think so. Just before and maybe during rinascimento, many people probably thought the same.
        What is happening right now is that there is a revolution under way, and we cannot see what will happen. In 1790, the French could not imagine where the revolution would go, or that Terror was coming. in 1795, nobody could imagine Napoleon and the Empire, much less Waterloo.
        Because we are observers inside the model, it is very difficult for us to see.
        Right now, I think we might go through (very?) hard times, and then (when?) a new, better world will emerge. (Just hurry guys, I haven’t got so much time!) 😉

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      2. I couldn’t have said it any better: we are observers inside the model, so it is very difficult for us to see well.
        … and I agree also on what you say about our really hard times, and the hope for a better world , But when???

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      3. When is the big question. LOL. I ain’t getting younger, I can’t wait another 20-50 years for the human race to get its sh.t together again… (As Americans say: pardon my French!) 😉
        Plus the fact that our current leaders are so limited intellectually… I don’t really see a Churchill or a de Gaulle around… Tsss.

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  3. Anaïs Nin una figura controvversa nel panorama letteraria. Il delta di Venere – delt of Venus – ruppe alla sua uscita gli schemi perbenisti degli anni cinquanta e aprì la strada al genere erotico al femminile, sdoganando molte situazioni che per pudore non si aveva il coraggio di dire.

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  4. I only started creating a blog just yesterday. It’s still a blank page, though I have many things in my head and word documents to fill it 🙂 I did a random search for blogs about ‘life’ and yours was top of the page. Ironically my blog’s quote comes from Anais Nin…”We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”Anaïs Ni.

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