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We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
– Anais Nin
Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.
The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless.
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.
Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live.
A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.
There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.
The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.
Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy.
Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.
The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.
Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
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.
How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.
What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?
The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.
It’s all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all.
If all of us acted in unison as I act individually there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way.
We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.