Anaïs Nin says:

anais“The secret
of joy
is the mastery
of pain.”


11 thoughts on “Anaïs Nin says:

  1. So true. A great quote to memorize.
    Happy Sunny-Day, C!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  2. msjadeli says:

    A great writer who understood what it meant to be alive. I listened to a recording of her, talking about her diaries, not long ago. She was a mystical and free spirit, a woman before her time.

  3. Jules says:

    Perhaps… but only if in doing so you are able to not complain to or boast others about such ‘joy’.

    • Jules: Strong point, Jules! 🙂

      • Jules says:

        I think some famous folks might get some quotes out of context. Maybe there was more to her thought? Though most experiences in life cause us some questionable emotions…Say like giving birth there is pain, but afterwards there is much joy. And really so soon that particular pain – I wouldn’t call it mastered that labor…. is forgotten especially when you hold that little bundle of joy.

        I think pain and joy need to be separated by a large margin. But that’s just me.

        • Jules: here is the paragraph from which it’s drawn, in The Diary of Anais Nin 1944-1947:

          ” Have I found the secret of Joy? I remember reading Georges Bernano’s “La Joie”. I did not read it the way he wished it to be read, for his descriptions of the states of ecstasy experienced by the girl were religious in nature, and that was not what I was seeking. But the way he described it, being a poet, was such an absolute state of joy, invading the senses, possessing the body, that I retained that and sought the source of it elsewhere. Joy appears now in little things. The big themes remain tragic. But a leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the taste of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked to the press. The secret of joy is the mastery of pain. ”

        • Jules:
          🙂 I dunno… there does seem to be a very, very thin line between ecstasy and pain, that is crossed often enough to be noticeable for me. 🙂

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