Quotes and Anais Nin Part 2

Quotes and Anais Nin Part 2

Last week I wrote what I call Part 1 of Anais Nin with a quote, all of which you can find by clicking at the end of this sentence – Anais Nin Part 1

In Part 1 I wrote a little about Anais Nin’s start in life, please find below a continuation:

Anais Nin

Anais Nin

Nin apparently ceased going to formal school at the age of sixteen after which she began working as an artists model.  She sadly forgot to speak Spanish after having spent several years in America but somehow retained her French and became fluent in English.

Hugh Parker Guiler (1898 – 1985) was Nin’s first husband, whom she married on the 3rd March, 1923.  He was a banker and artist who latterly became known as Ian Hugo around the 1940’s when he became the maker of experimental films. They  moved to Paris, Guiler pursuing his banking, Nin her interest in writing.  It appears also from her diaries that she trained as a flamenco dancer here in the mid to late 1920’s.  Nin’s first published work was a critical evaluation of D H Lawrence called D.H.Lawrence:  An Unprofessional Study, this took her the grand total of sixteen days to write!!

Nin started to see a thearpist, Otto Rank who was an Austrian Psychoanalyst.  He was to eventually become her lover.  Upon her second visit she expressed a desire to be re-born as a woman and artist.  It seemed that Rank helped her move between the depths of her feelings in what she could verbalize in her diary and what she could not say.  He seemed to help her find her deeper self.  This is what she said “As he talked, I thought of my difficulties with writing, my struggles to articulate feelings not easily expressed.  Of my struggles to find a language for intuition, feeling, instincts which are, in themselves, elusive, subtle and wordless.” – (I could do with some help like that!)

Nin left Paris and returned to New York City with her husband, this would have been around 1939, when residents from overseas were urged to leave France due to the approaching war.  We don’t really hear much more of Guiler in her diaries much after this point, apparently this was his wish, so very difficult to guage his role in her life after this point in time. – to be continued next time….

It is a pleasure to share with you this week a different quote.  One that I believe every person with a creative bone in their body will connect with and understand.  Please let me know what you think!

“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvellous that only the marvellous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvellous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
― Anaïs Nin

Quotes Anais Nin - Flame Eater

Quotes Anais Nin – Flame Eater

I took this photograph when I went to South Bank & saw what they called “The Freak Show”.  The flame thrower/eater mesmerized me with her flexible body that moved so effortlessly she seemed to become one with ‘the flame’.  It certainly was like being in another world, I believe Anais Nin might quite have enjoyed this.

What the quote means to me

I know that Anais Nin was an extremely passionate woman and may mean what she writes in the extreme, ie adopts this nature of only embracing the marvellous.  However for me, it is about the escapism and wonderment that something can bring you, be it a story, a poem, a piece of music, seeing a piece of art, a photograph, anything really that touches you within that can magically transport you instantly in one’s mind to somewhere else.

This of course can be an intoxication if the place is so overwhelmingly marvellous 🙂

How do you interpret this quote for yourself?

I look forward to reading your comments, Part 3 will be next week….unless Christmas takes over in marvellous fashion!

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  8 comments for “Quotes and Anais Nin Part 2

  1. December 18, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    I have been missing your posts in my reader! I really do like this quote, because I think it describes that well that creative people can draw from. Whether it is art, poetry, prose, photography, music, dance, or any other form of expression, there needs to be something to get that from.

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    • December 18, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      Hello there 🙂 so lovelt to see you…yes youre exactly right with that ‘well’ some people personify it in a muse others dont or some have both i am sure. For me its like a clioud that drifts by i have to spot it ans make the most of it when it happens x


  2. December 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Great post! I see her quotes everywhere (ok, mostly Pinterest lol) but never knew much about her….it’s been an intriguing read xx

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  3. December 18, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    It’s a good quote. For me, photography has allowed me to express some things I felt I could not say, the good thing is that itself then has begun to free me to write and speak about those things also.

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    • December 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

      Yes, it is wonderful when you find something that you can let yourself go with, it is like the dam bursting forth 🙂 I love this quote, would be a good one to have up by my desk I think xxx

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