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Anaïs Nin Free Inspirational Quotes

by Steve M Nash
(Yorkshire, England)

Weekly Wonder Online: 05

Anaïs Nin wonders...

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

Listen to my thoughts about Anaïs Nin's inspirational quote in the video below. You'll also discover a bit more about where I live in West Yorkshire (England!) - this time see my home village of Brockholes (in the video), in Huddersfield

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What I Wonder...

(NOTE: Yes, I wrote any captions you see in this video. It's called self-deprecation, and it's mostly a healthy thing (I think!).)

So, as I said in the video, I'm a big believer in the 'truth' of this quotation, even though I may not actually recognise the truth of it as often as I'd like.

It's a form of positive thinking, I guess. A kind of "I'm going to be able to do this" type of thinking or "that could have been a lot worse" way of looking at things. And you think like this without thinking that you're doing anything special - this is just how you think.

And lo and behold, life is good (mostly).

Now compare that situation with the one that has you thinking, for example, "I don't like being in the company of men as I find it hard to communicate with them - they always want to talk about certain (dumb?) things..."

Let me confess right now, this is how *I* used to think about men, not so long ago either. And this is pretty much how I found men to be, too.

But when I dared think that men might be 'real', with feelings and thoughts that could have actual depth, you'll never guess what I found... (Sorry guys - my bad!)

But, do you know what, up until my 'moment of transformation' I would never have thought that this particular worldview (of men) was a victim of how *I* see things! So Anais' inspirational quote is NOT an easy one to incorporate into your life but I truly believe it could have an utterly transforming effect on all aspects of your life.

How about you? Do you have any examples of how you've managed to successfully change how you think about a situation? Do let me know, below, in the comments.

Thanks for reading,

PS And here are two more free inspirational quotes from Anais Nin...

"Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions."

"A truly creative person rids him or herself of all self-imposed limitations."

PPS Please have your say - your comments are appreciated.

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Oct 11, 2010
Compliments the last one
by: Anonymous

How is everything going Steve? It seems that this quote complements the last one (by Gerald G Jampolsky) in a way.

Not wanting to change the other person(s) gives us peace of mind, this is true, but what is behind this is that what we sometimes want to change in someone is not the way they really are, but what we see in them.

So, we don´t really see things as they are, but we see them the way we think they are? hmm, interesting right?

The most interesting though, is that what we see could be good or bad, this is a hell of trip.

Good quotes call your attention buddy, but don´t burn your brains, Saludos amigo,


Jul 22, 2011
The last one
by: Steve

Funnily enough, anonymous, "the last one" you refer to IS a quote by Gerald G Jampolsky and NOT, as I've put, by Anais Nin.


And... well spotted! :-)


Oct 08, 2014
Microcosm vs. Macrocosm
by: Hanson

Hi Steve,

I liked this quote very much, though it seems to refer to worldly, "dualistic" (me vs. them) ways of seeing things. Enlightened beings can perceive a variety of beings : gods, demi-gods, ghosts, hell-beings, etc., and the way they see things. They transcend the different ways of seeing things by seeing what truly is : a non-dual state of awareness beyond Self, and that our consciousness is actually a part of a greater, universal consciousness. Our ignorance prevents us from seeing the interconnectedness of all beings.

I realize I still see things through the "filter" of the way I am. But knowing we are each microcosms of the greater macrocosm helps me feel more equal to, and less distinct from, others. I still have a ways to go, as I sometimes have concerns about others' opinions of me. Or that I may need a spiritual teacher after all to learn certain things. I liked your quote though, of : "Learn from others, teach yourself". May all beings be enlightened! Thanks for all the inspirational quotes!

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