"When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Anais Nin on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Anais Nin on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Anais Nin on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Anais Nin on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Anais Nin on Albert Camus
"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."
"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."
"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."