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Anïas Nin

The French Hottie!

Anïas Nin (1903-1977) was a French writer famous for her published journals and is probably is the best remembered diaristShe was born to artistic parents of Cuban, Danish and French ancestry, her father being a pianist and composer and her mother a classical singer.  She started writing at the age of 11She has also worked as a model and is probably the first prominent woman to write erotica in Europe.

  1. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
  2. 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 withering, of tarnishing.
  3. We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
  4. If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness.  For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.
  5. For me, the adventures of the mind, each inflection of thought, each movement, nuance, growth, discovery, is a source of exhilaration.
  6. 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 tightly closed in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom.
  7. How wrong is it for a woman to expect man to build the world she wants, rather than set out to create it herself.
  8. Creation which cannot express itself becomes madness.
  9. Shame is the lie someone told you about yourself.
  10. Eroticism is one of the basic means of self-knowledge, as indispensable as poetry.
  11. Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
  12. The only abnormality is the inability to love.
  13. I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
  14. Each friend represents a world in us, a world not possibly born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
  15. 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 marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, 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.
  16. We don’t have a language for the senses.  Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds.

    Anïas Nin

    Anïas Nin (1903-1977)

  17. The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body. Always an orchestra, and just as music traverses walls, so sensuality traverses the body and reaches up to ecstasy.
  18. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terror, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.
  19. Dreams are necessary to life.
  20. Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.
  21. The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment with it, that was the miracle.
  22. Love is the axis and breath of my life.

NOTE: This post is an excerpt from Wikipedia (free online encyclopaedia).


This is what a dear friend of mine (with whom I have shared the longest friendship) forwarded me by mail.

I Believe…
That just because two people argue,
It doesn’t mean they don’t love each other.
And just because they don’t argue,
It doesn’t mean they do love each other.

I Believe…
That we don’t have to change friends if
We understand that friends change.

I Believe….
That no matter how good a friend is,
they’re going to hurt you every once in a while
and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe…
That true friendship continues to grow,
even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.

I Believe…
That you can do something in an instant
That will give you heartache for life.

I Believe….
That it’s taking me a long time
To become the person I want to be.

I Believe…
That you should always leave loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.

I Believe….
That you can keep going
Long after you think you can’t.

I Believe….
That we are responsible for what
We do, no matter how we feel.

I Believe…
That either you control your attitude
Or it controls you.

I Believe…

That heroes are the people who do what has to be done
When it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I Believe….
That my best friend and I can do anything or nothing
And have the best time.

I Believe…..
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down
Could be the ones to help you get back up.

I Believe…
That sometimes when I’m angry
I have the right to be angry,
But that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe….
That maturity has more to do with
What types of experiences you’ve had
And what you’ve learned from them
And less to do with  how many
birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I Believe….
That it isn’t always enough, to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe…
That no matter how bad your heart is broken
The world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I Believe….
That our background and circumstances
May have influenced who we are,
But, we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe…
That you shouldn’t be so eager to find
Out a secret. It could change your life Forever.

I Believe….
Two people can look at the exact same
Thing and see something totally different.

I Believe…..
That your life can be changed in a matter of hours
By people who don’t even know you.

I Believe…
That even when you think you have no more to give,
When a friend cries out to you,
You will find the strength to help.

I Believe…
That credentials on the wall
Do not make you a decent human being.

I Believe…
That the people you care about most in life
are taken from you too soon.

I Believe…
That you should share this with
All of the people that you believe in.

I Believe…
The happiest of people don’t necessarily
have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything they have.

I couldn’t post anything new because the internet had been down for the past couple of weeks.  And I come up only with this, nothing special.  At least, it’s a post …

7 Secrets

7 Secrets

  1. It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return.  But what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel.
  2. A sad thing in life is when you meet someone who means a lot to you, only to find out in the end that it was never meant to be and you just have to let go.
  3. The best kind of friend is the kind you can sit on a porch swing with, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.
  4. It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.
  5. It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.
  6. Don’t go for looks, they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth, even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright.
  7. Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.
  8. Always put yourself in the other’s shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the person, too.
  9. A careless word may kindle strife. A cruel word may wreck a life. A timely word may level stress. But a loving word may heal and bless.
  10. The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
  11. Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss, and ends with a tear. When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.

I found these really awesome and paradoxical punchlines which can make you laugh through MetaCafe.

1. I’m a nobody.  Nobody is perfect, and therefore, I’m perfect.
2. I’ve got to sit down and work out where I stand.
3. If I save time, when will I get it back?
4. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
5. I am free of all prejudices: I hate everyone equally.
6. Take my advice. I don’t use it anyway.
7. The statement below is true.
The statement above is false.
8. As I said before, I never repeat myself.
9. Sometimes I need what only you can provide: your absence.
10. I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence.  There’s a knob called brightness, but it doesn’t work.
11. A conscience does not prevent sin. It only prevents you from enjoying it.
12. If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
13. War doesn’t determine who’s right. War determines who’s left.
14. Best way to prevent hangover is to stay drunk.
15. Doesn’t expecting the unexpected make the unexpected become the expected?

These are some things I found on

If you can imagine it you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.

William Arthur Ward


When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.

Samuel Johnson


Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.

Henry David Thoreau


Life is a cup to be filled not drained.



If one is the master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time insight into and understanding of many things.

Vincent Van Gogh


What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.

Theodore Roethke


Luck is when opportunity knocks and you answer.



Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.

Henry David Thoreau


Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually.

Eileen Caddy


Magic has often been thought of us the art of making dreams come true; the art of realizing visions. Yet before we can bring birth to the vision we have to see it.



Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and the use establish the life you experience.

Croquette Sonia


Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities.

Sue Ebaugh


Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.

Sarah Bernhardt


The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.

Harry Emerson Fosdick


If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt


Dream is not a revelation. If a dream affords the dreamer some light on himself, it is not the person with closed eyes who makes the discovery but the person with open eyes lucid enough to fit thoughts together. Dream- a scintillating mirage surrounded by shadows- is essentially poetry.

Michel Leiris


Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.

John Locke


In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.

Luigi Pirandello


You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”

George Bernard Shaw


If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau


Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.

John Updike


Dream & Aspire

Dream & Aspire

It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.

James Henry


In your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go and sheltered so may thrive and grow.

Louise Driscoll


Your aspirations are your possibilities.

Samuel Johnson


Be careful what you set your heart on, for it will surely be yours.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


The best is yet to be.

Robert Browing


Beware how you take away hope from any human being.

Oliver Wendell Holmes


We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.

Edmund Burke


Do not seek to follow the footsteps of the men of old. Seek what they sought.



What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

Gautama Buddha


It may be that those who do most, dream most.

Stephen Leacock


Always dream and shoot higher than you know how to. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

William Faulkner


Goals that are not written down are just wishes.



There are only two ways to live your life. One as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Albert Einstein


There comes a moment when you realize that virtually anything is possible- that nothing is too good to be true.

Kobi Yamoda


What is now proved was once imagined.

William Blake


I never believed in trying to do anything. Whatever I set out to do I found I had already accomplished.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness; and knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.

Kahlil Gibran


Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

Kahlil Gibran


Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.

Arthur Koestler


There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.

Alphonse de Lamartine


The man who succeeds above his fellows is the one who early in life clearly discerns his object, and towards that object habitually directs his powers.

Earl Nightingale


We are near waking when we dream we are dreaming.

Friedrich Novalis


A cathedral, a wave of storm, a dancer’s leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped.

Marcel Proust


Things don’t change, but by and by our wishes change.

Marcel Proust


Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.

Arthur Schopenhauer


Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.

Henry David Thoreau


We’ve removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.

Jesse Jackson


  1. At least 5 people in this world love you so much that they would die for you.
  2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way.
  3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is that they want to be just like you.
  4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they do not like you.
  5. Every night, someone thinks about you before they go to sleep.
  6. You mean the world to someone.
  7. If not for you, someone may not be living.
  8. You are special and unique.
  9. Someone that you do not even know exists and loves you.
  10. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
  11. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.
  12. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably will not get it.  But if you believe in yourself, probably, sooner or later, you will get it.
  13. Always remember the compliments you received.  Forget about the rude remarks.
  14. Always tell someone how you feel about how you feel about him or her; you will feel much better when they know.
  15. If you have great friends, take time to let them know that they are great.

It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)

I believe everything happens for a reason.  People change so that you can learn to let go.  Things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they are right.  You believe lies so that you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself.  And sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

Beneath the make-up and behind the smile, I’m just a girl who wishes for the world.

I’m pretty but I’m not beautiful.

I do sin but I’m not the devil.

I’m good but I’m not an angel.

A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe and leaves before she is left.

Imperfection is beauty.  Madness is genius.  And it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous … than to be absolutely boring.

A wise girl knows her limits.  A smart girl knows she has none.

I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.

When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want.  If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I’m already better than them.

Well-behaved women barely make history.

The truth is I’ve never fooled anyone; I’ve let people fool themselves.  They didn’t bother to find out who or what I was.  Instead, they would invent a character for me.  I wouldn’t argue with them.  They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t.

Hollywood is a place where they pay a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.

No one ever told me I was pretty when I was a little girl. All little girls should be told they’re pretty, even if they aren’t.

The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.

It’s better for the whole world to know you, even as a sex star, than never to be known at all.

Dogs never bite me … just humans!

It’s not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on.

A girl worth kissing is not easily kissed.

If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere.

Dreaming about being an actress is more exciting than being one.

I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I’m talented or even beautiful, but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.

I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.

Young & Beautiful

Young & Beautiful

People respect you because they feel you’ve survived hard times and endured, and although you’ve become famous, you haven’t become phony.

An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine – a money machine.

I don’t mind making jokes, but I don’t want to look like one.

I’m very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.

The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.

I’m for the individual as opposed to the corporation. The way it is the individual is the underdog, and with all the things a corporation has going for them the individual comes out banged on her head. The artist is nothing. It’s really tragic.

Monroe at Niagara Falls

Monroe at Niagara Falls

I am involved in a freedom ride protesting the loss of the minority rights belonging to the few remaining earthbound stars. All we demanded was our right to twinkle.

Acting isn’t something you do. Instead of doing it, it occurs. If you’re going to start with logic, you might as well give up. You can have conscious preparation, but you have unconscious results.

I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.

A career is wonderful thing, but you can’t snuggle up to it on a cold night.

  1. He who knows not and knows not that he knows not – his is a fool; shun him.
  2. He who knows not and knows that he knows not –he is simple; teach him.
  3. He who knows and knows not that he knows – he is asleep; wake him.
  4. He who knows and knows that he knows – he is wise; follow him.

    ... knows not that he knows not ...

    ... knows not that he knows not ...

There are strings in the human heart that had better not be vibrated.

Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870)

A man gets tired of feeling too much.

Wole Soyinka (1934 – )

Emotions are the lowest form of consciousness. Emotional actions are the most contracted, narrowing, dangerous form of behaviour.

Timothy Leary (1920 – 1996)

Hope told a flattering tale,
That Joy would soon return;
Ah! Naught my sighs avail,
For Love is doomed to mourn.

Giovanni Paisiello (1740 – 1816)

If you fight against all your sensations, you will have no standard to which to refer, and thus no means of judging even those judgments which you pronounce false.

Epicurus (341 – 270 BC)

If you want to know how you really feel about someone take note of the impression an unexpected letter from him makes on you when you first see it on the doormat.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)

In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.

Antonio Porchia

Strong emotions and passions are the causes not only of mental but also of physical illness.

Susruta (4th century AD)

Tears left unshed turn to poison in the ducts.

Alice Walker (1944 – )

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

Henry Miller (1891 – 1980)

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.

G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936)

When an emotionally exciting object stimulates the subject simultaneously with one not emotionally exciting, the latter may in time (often after one such joint stimulation) arouse the same emotional reaction as the former.

John B. Watson (1878 – 1958)

Where can you scream? It’s a serious question: where can you go in society and scream?

R. D. Laing (1927 – 1989)


A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918 – )

Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.

John Stuart Mill (1806 – 1873)

Do anything, but let it produce joy.

Henry Miller (1891 – 1980)

Happiness is a mystery like religion, and should never be rationalized.

G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936)

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

Thomas Szasz (1920 – )

Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly.

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,
In his own ground.

Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)

He is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

I can sympathize with people’s pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness.

Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963)

I can’t quite explain it, but I don’t believe one can ever be unhappy for long provided one does just exactly what one wants to and when one wants to.

Evelyn Waugh (1903 – 1966)

I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.

Henry Miller (1891 – 1980)

If you haven’t been happy very young, you can still be happy later on, but it’s much harder. You need more luck.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 – 1986)

Not to admire, is all the art I know
To make men happy, and to keep them so.

Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)

Off with you! You’re a happy fellow, for you’ll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that!

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Often you don’t know how truly happy you were then until you look back and realize how much worse things could have been.

Nina Simone (1933 – 2003)

One cannot divine nor forecast the conditions that will make happiness; one only stumbles upon them by chance, in a lucky hour, at the world’s end somewhere.

Willa Cather (1873 – 1947)

That action is best, which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.

Francis Hutcheson (1694 – 1746)

That all who are happy, are equally happy, is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy.

Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784)

The happiness of the wicked runs away like a raging stream.

Jean Baptiste Racine (1639 – 1699)

The most widely accepted philosophy of life at present is that what matters most to a man’s happiness is his income. This philosophy, apart from other demerits, is harmful because it leads men to aim at a result rather than an activity.

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.

F. H. Bradley (1846 – 1924)

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.

Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885)

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.

Logan Pearsall Smith (1865 – 1946)

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.

George Sand (1804 – 1876)

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

We are never so happy nor so unhappy as we imagine.

François La Rochefoucauld (1613 – 1680)

What concerns me is not the happiness of all men, but that of each.

Boris Vian (1920 – 1959)

When a small child…  I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong. Happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away.

Anna Pavlova (1882 – 1931)

When intention, ability, success, and correctness come together, there happiness is perfected.

Husayn (626 – 680)