Favourite Quotes

“If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it.”
— Frank Zappa 

“When others asked the truth of me, I was convinced it was not the truth they wanted, but an illusion they could bear to live with.”
— Anaïs Nin

“Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche

“I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”
— Anaïs Nin

“Live to the point of tears.”
— Albert Camus

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
— Albert Camus

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
— Albert Camus

“I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn’t.”
— Albert Camus, The Stranger

“A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession.”
— Albert Camus.

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

“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 can not 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.”
— Anaïs Nin

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
— Anaïs Nin

“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.”
— Anaïs Nin

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

“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”
— Anaïs Nin (The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934)

“Thinking is difficult, that’s why most people judge.”
— C.G. Jung

“To find out what is truly individual in ourselves, profound reflection is needed; and suddenly we realize how uncommonly difficult the discovery of individuality is.”
— C.G. Jung