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Anaïs Nin on Embracing the Unfamiliar
Anaïs Nin on Embracing the Unfamiliar

“It is a sign of great inner insecurity to be hostile to the unfamiliar.”

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Anaïs Nin on Parenting, Character, and Personal Responsibility
Anaïs Nin on Parenting, Character, and Personal Responsibility

“We cannot always place responsibility outside of ourselves, on parents, nations, the world, society, race, religion.”

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On Beauty, Quality, Poetry, and Integrity: Anaïs Nin Meets Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. (1947)
On Beauty, Quality, Poetry, and Integrity: Anaïs Nin Meets Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. (1947)

“His struggle is against uniformity and wholesale design. If he sounds like a moralist, it is because beauty, quality, and ethics are inseparable.”

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Susan Sontag on the Creative Purpose of Boredom
Susan Sontag on the Creative Purpose of Boredom

“Most of the interesting art of our time is boring.”

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A Poetic Antidote to City Life
A Poetic Antidote to City Life

“You exist by your smile and your presence… Quests, pursuits of concrete securities of one kind or another lose all their importance.”

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Susan Sontag on Life, Death, Art, and Freedom
Susan Sontag on Life, Death, Art, and Freedom

“Oh, where is the out-going freedom, the instrumental freedom from, freedom that is not this enormous possession of one’s own heart which is death?”

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