Best 5 Anais Nin Quotations About Life, Courage And Anxiety

Here is my selected best 5 Anais Nin quotations taken from her various books.

Anaïs Nin is known for her personal and professional struggles, particularly her candid confessions depicted in her collection of Diary.

During her hey days, Cuban-French author Nin was revered by many of her contemporaries.

Was she really that talented a writer?

Well, to some she is an early pathfinder of women’s erotica; to others, a self-obsessed and a self-indulgent adulterer with a penchant for sexual impropriety.

Needless to say, her controversial life attracted more than her writings.

The iconic Nin was not interested in the ordinary life and dare to live only for ecstasy, as mentioned in one her diaries.

best 5 Anais Nin quotations

She strongly believed that emotionality is essential to creativity and writing:

“Something is always born of excess. Great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them” – Anaïs Nin

(A Woman Speaks: The Lectures, Seminars, And Interviews Of Anaïs Nin, Edited By Evelyn J. Hinz, Swallow Press, 1975, P. 5)

In 1942, she even had her own publishing house called Gremor Press, where she self-published her books, which include chapbook titled “On Writing“.

Anaïs Nin died of cancer on 14 January 1977 at the age of seventy-three.

Best 5 Anais Nin Quotations

Here is my favorite the best five Anais Nin quotes selected from own collection.


“The secret of joy is the mastery of pain.” – Anaïs Nin

(The Diary Of Anais Nin Vol. 4 (1944-1947) By Anaïs Nin, Edited And With A Preface By Gunthe Stuhlmann, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1972, July, 1945, P. 71)

(The quote is also found in: The Journals Of Anaïs Nin: 1944-1947 By Anaïs Nin, Edited And With A Preface By Gunther Stuhlmann, Quartet Books, 1976, July, 1945, P. 80)


“When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.” – Anaïs Nin

(The Diary Of Anais Nin Vol. 5 (1947-1955) By Anaïs Nin, Edited And With A Preface By Gunther Stuhlmann, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1975, Winter 1953-1954, P. 149)

(The quote is also found in: The Journals of Anaïs Nin: 1947-1955 By Anaïs Nin, Edited And With A Preface By Gunther Studhlmann, London: Peter Owen, 1999, P. ix)


Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin

(The Diary Of Anaïs Nin Vol. 3 (1939-1944) By Anaïs Nin, Edited And With A Preface By Gunther Studhlmann, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1971, June, 1941, P. 125)

(The quote is also found in: The Journals Of Anaïs Nin, Volume 3 By Anaïs Nin, Edited And With A Preface By Gunther Studhlmann, London: Peter Owen, 1966, June, 1941, P. 125)


“For you and for me the highest moment, the keenest joy, is not when our minds dominate but when we lose our minds.” – Anaïs Nin

(A Literate Passion: Letters Of Anaïs Nin & Henry Miller, 1932-1953, Edited And With An Introduction By Gunther Stuhlmann, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1989, Feb 22, 1932, P. 12)

(The quote is also found in: Henry and June: From The Unexpurgated Diary Of Anaïs Nin by Anaïs Nin, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986, P. 47)


Dreams are necessary to life.” – Anaïs Nin

(The Diary Of Anais Nin Vol. 2 (1934-1939) By Anaïs Nin, Edited And With A Preface By Gunther Studhlmann, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1970, June, 1936, Letter To My Mother, P. 89)

(The quote is also found in: The Diary Of Anaïs Nin: 1934-1939 By Anaïs Nin, Edited And With A Preface By Gunther Studhlmann, Swallow Press, 1967, June 1936, P. 89)


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