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“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ― Anaïs Nin

“There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.” ― Anaïs Nin

Anaïs Nin, Edmund Wilson Collection, prob. early 1920s

“I am only responsible for my own heart, you offered yours up for the smashing my darling. Only a fool would give out such a vital organ” ― Anaïs Nin

there are many ways to be free. one of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do. ~*anais nin

Anais Nin. I'm not sure if these are real cats, or just French porn prop cats.

Anais Nin, in a surprisingly modern looking swimsuit!

"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 courage to treat me like a woman." anais nin

"We do not 'escape' into philosophy, psychology and art -we go there to restore our shattered selves into whole ones" -Anais Nin

It is a sign of great inner insecurity to be hostile to the unfamiliar. - Anaïs Nin