Quotes and Anais Nin Part 1

 Quotes and Anais Nin Part 1

I am an Anais Nin fan, addicted to her quotes and find meaning and depth personally in nearly every single one.

Below I want to share a little bit with you about her, Part 1 I call it as she had quite a colourful life, Part 2 to come later.

I also would like to share with you one of my favourite quotes which you will find underneath a very brief synopsis of the renowned writer.

Anais Nin

Anais Nin

Anais Nin was born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell; February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977.

Her parents were Cuban.  Her father being a Cuban pianist and composer, her mother being a classically trained Cuban singer of French and Danish descent.

Anais was raised partly in Cuba, France, Spain but lived most of her life in the United States where she became an established author.

She wrote journals that spanned more than 60 years, starting when she was 11 years old, ending shortly before her death.

Most of her words were novels, essays, short stories, erotica and critical studies. Sadly a lot of her work including Delta of Venue and Little Birds were published after her death.

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The way her words resonate with me makes me just want to share them with everyone and to see if somewhere you might feel the essence of what she is saying and for it connect within.

I will write more about her life which was so interesting and share another quote in Part 2 next week.

An Anais Nin Quote

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Anais Nin

Anais Nin Quotes

Anais Nin Quotes

Image kindly donated for this post by Mara Eastern

What does this quote say or mean to you, what do you take from her words?

To me one it permeates through all aspects of ones personality and being, from the intimate to just letting go of the ‘supposed’ restrictions that we impose upon ourselves.  These restrictions that are in the grand scheme so irrelevant and ultimately make us a prisoner within ourselves.

I saw a spiritual healer at the weekend and a few of the things resonate with this quote.  She explained about how so many of us live our lives stressed and bunched up, if that makes sense?  When she was explaining she had her fingers bunched up, pulled towards herself, arms in, shoulders rounded and face screwed up, you know that feeling that you are so tense you cannot let go?

She was talking about for example the first date scenario, how we tell ourselves it is ‘wrong’ to kiss on the first date.  So we restrict ourselves and have all the knock on effects that that might bring.  What if you are so wanting to kiss that person, they do too, it feels like it would be so right, why not?  Why ‘stop’ ourselves all the time.

She doesn’t mean to live a life without any hindrance whatsoever, as we have natural instinctive restrictions, moral conduct and codes and they are all different for different people.  But she meant as a general rule, there is so much more living to be had if we would only learn to ‘let go’ and actually ‘live’.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts 🙂

Justine xx ❤ ❤ ❤

© Justine Nagaur Eclecticoddsnsods.com


  32 comments for “Quotes and Anais Nin Part 1

  1. December 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    I love this entirely. From the quote you picked to your interpretation. I whole-heartedly agree. And thank you for featuring my picture! ❤

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    • December 11, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Oh a total pleasure. Had you heard of her before? Glad you love it she was quite a woman! Maybe i should get you to photograph for part 2 next week hehe. You see how your photo worked so well? X


      • December 11, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        Yes, I have heard of Anais Nin before and I’m glad that you’re blogging about her. Wow, would you like me to get you a photo for the next instalment? That would be a honour, though I wonder if I could possibly make it? What will the topic be…?

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        • December 11, 2014 at 9:19 PM

          hrrrm that would be great, I think I need to e-mail you so I don’t ruin the surprise for others..i have the quote in mind…grins xx


          • December 12, 2014 at 8:38 AM

            Awesome! Just read your email and I’m mulling over it. I’ll get back to you soon!

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            • December 12, 2014 at 8:41 AM

              Lol ok and no worries if its too much just give me enough time to find something else but i am sure you will come up trumps hehe


              • December 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

                Check your mail, I’ve sent you a suggestion or two. But no pressure if it’s not what you’re looking for!

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                • December 12, 2014 at 9:33 PM

                  yay saw it, thank you…still mulling but oh so frosty love it xx


  2. December 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Thank you for sharing this bio on Anais Nin. She was a fascinating woman.

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  3. December 11, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Love the quote! Agree with your interpretation as well!

    The more i see that red dew drop the more it doesnt look like one.. What has mara put into this image….

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  4. December 11, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    I love it-she sounds like an inspiring woman who was very in tune with herself.

    I love your interpretation too, although, for me I feel differently about the first date/first kiss scenario 😉 xx

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    • December 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      hehe, oh yes? Now you have me intrigued, in what way do you mean? The spiritualist told is merely as an example and did only mean kiss lol, she even acted it out!!


      • December 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Gawd, we could get into a right debate with this lol

        Okay, I’ve always been the kind of person who acts spontaneously when it comes to a kiss on a first date. That has then lead to rushing into things without either a) thinking about the consequences or b) deciding whether it’s just infatuation or not.

        And because of that I’ve ended up in unhealthy relationships or with men who’ve had no respect for me and used me for their own needs.

        So now, I’m a little more reserved. I’d rather step back and think about whether this is something I seriously want or not. Plus it’s never a bad thing to hold out and make them do a bit of chasing! 🙂 xx

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        • December 11, 2014 at 9:18 PM

          I think a happy medium is always the best way to go, I know what you mean for sure though. But how does the Fred Astaire song go, “A kiss is just a kiss”…is it Fred Astaire..? Might have gotten that wrong. I think its just an example, not literal with the kiss, just a life lesson about not holding yourself back unnecessarily because in this fast world of insular relationships its very easy to do so xxx

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  5. December 11, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Beautiful, as always, Justine, and Mara’s photo is perfect! I know Non’s name but not much about her. I appreciate this kind of writing – showing me more of who/what influences you as well as learning about literary and artistic people who are not familiar to me.

    More quotes will always be appreciated!

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    • December 11, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      awe thank you, you always say the lovliest of things and I have missed you recently xxx More quotes to come next week for sure and more info about this wonderful writer too hehe..huggles…all ready for Xmas ? x


      • December 11, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Arghh I’m buried in projects 🙂


        • December 11, 2014 at 9:14 PM

          oh no, poor you 😦 Too much workload? x


          • December 11, 2014 at 9:16 PM

            Only of my own making 🙂 Mostly Christmas projects. IT’s all fun, but eventually I get overwhelmed by the clutter!

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            • December 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM

              ah yes, I know that one, usually borne by enthusiasm but thats a great thing 🙂 x

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  6. December 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Great post, fascinating, and the post is perfectly matched with ‘that’ picture…

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  7. December 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Love the quote! (And the photo). But I have a slightly different interpretation……
    What I take from this is that there is a time for everything….a time to “be like a bud” to grow quietly, perhaps internally, or spiritually, maybe even privately,……and then, when the time is right, to “blossom” or to open up. A time to hold back, and a time to let loose.
    Looking forward to Part 2 😀


    • December 11, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Oooh that is a great take on it, far more lengthy and intricate and you know that is the great thing about words we can all interpret them in different ways and learn from each other. Thank you so much for popping by and commmenting it makes the posting all the more worthwhile xx


  8. December 11, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Hi Justine, I had not heard of Anais Nin before but I have certainly heard that quote. To me it perfectly describes that moment right before one grows, sometimes it’s painful and scary but the need to do it forces us forward, usually for our betterment. I will keep my eyes open for the next installment. I had not heard of the photographer,Mara Eastern, either. She is very talented too. I’m going to go check out her site now and see her work. Good post as always 😉


    • December 11, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Thank you and yes your right those early years are always full of such angst for sure 🙂 Happy to hear your looking forward to the next installment as happy as I am to be writing it! xx

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  9. December 13, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    If you haven’t seen the film “Henry and June”, check it out. It is about Henry Miller’s days in Paris and his relationship with both his wife and Anais Nin. Good stuff.

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    • December 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      oooh thank you i love getting bits of info like this I will make sure to look it up xx

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