Anaïs Nin on How We Write to Heighten Our Own Awareness of Life

“We write to heighten our own awareness of life. We write to lure and enchant and console others. We write to serenade our lovers. We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection. We write, like Proust, to render all of it eternal, and to persuade ourselves that it is eternal. We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak with others, to record the journey into the labyrinth. We write to expand our world when we feel strangled, or constricted, or lonely…When I don’t write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I am in prison. I feel I lose my fire and my color. It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing.” ~ Anaïs Nin




    • inspireportal says

      Thank you, Aisha. So pleased that you like it. Beautiful words from the wonderful Anaïs Nin, adore her writing.

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    I think the above passage by Anais Nin describes the art, the act and the need of writing more beautifully and poetically than anything else I have ever read. Truly inspiring. Thanks Jo for the link.

    • Inspire Portal says

      You’re most welcome Ryan, delighted to read your comment. Anais Nin wrote so beautifully and this passage I agree, is one of her most exquisite.

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