"It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."Anais Nin on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."Anais Nin on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."Anais Nin on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."Anais Nin on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."Anais Nin on Oscar Wilde
"Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age."
"If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it."
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
"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 the courage to treat me like a woman."
"I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern."