The Diary of Anais Nin Vol. 4

Anais Nin’s diaries were pointed out to me by BrainPickings‘ fascinating thoughts on the creative benefits of keeping a diary.


(p.vii) The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.

(p.13) …I believe there is a time for analysis, and a time to live without it. Just as I believe there is a time for passionate living, and a time for recording and interpreting.

(p.25) At such times we are overwhelmed by a collective joy. We feel like shouting, demonstrating in the street. A joy you share with the whole world is almost too great for one human being. One is stunned before catastrophe, one is stunned by happiness, by peace, by the knowledge of millions of people free from pain and death.

(p.66) There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.

(p.151) Man has to be made whole again by passion and faith. Our faith has been displaced from something outside of ourselves to the inner self.

(p.153) The theme of the diary is always the personal, but it does not mean only a personal story: it means a personal relation to all things and people. The personal, if it is deep enough, becomes universal, mythical, symbolic…

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