Nin was born in France, and later lived in Cuba. She returned to Paris for many years before living the last half of her life in the United States.
Quotes from her journals: “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.”
“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?”
“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”
*** (I really needed that previous quote when I was younger) back to Nin:
“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”
"Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat."
*** Anaïs Nin born: February 21, 1903 died: January 14, 1977 Not really a poet, I included her because her thoughts are as deeply poetic as any other writer I have read.
One of her most famous works is a collection of erotica called Delta of Venus.