SFH Favorite Collected Quotes – Anais Nin


“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”  

I’d never heard of Anais Nin until I read this quote. Though she died in 1977, I can understand why her influence continues. I now treasure what I have discovered about her. Nin wrote journals, which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death. She wrote novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica. Anaïs Nin said about herself, as do most scholars, that her most important works are her journals. These writings provide a deep insight into her personal life and relationships. Nin was acquainted, often intimately, with a number of prominent authors and artists, which she mentions often.

I hope you have time to listen to the Youtube link below. Nin is reading from one of these journals. You will enjoy this amazing example of how she uses language to describe her surroundings and people.    http://youtu.be/mm3poQhOn1E


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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8 Responses to SFH Favorite Collected Quotes – Anais Nin

  1. Margaret Stillman says:

    Thank you’

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. I loved listening to this brilliant woman. Her words grow on you and you want to hear more. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Another example of why writers should keep journals though I could never exhibit such grace in my words.

  4. Margo Kelly says:

    Oh – her voice is beautiful! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this.

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