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Anaïs Nin

1903-1977. French author.

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Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

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It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before... to test your limits... to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

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Electric flesh-arrows... traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm.

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We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.

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Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of withering, of tarnishing.

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

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Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

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I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.

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Dreams are necessary to life.

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The violence and obscenity are left unadulterated, as manifestation of the mystery and pain which ever accompanies the act of creation.

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