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Inner Life

  • The externals are simply so many props; everything we need is within us.

  • No man was ever ruined from without; the final ruin comes from within ...

  • If outer doors close seem to close to you, do not hesitate. Perist in inner preparations. The inner realm of thought controls all outer action. When you get the right attitude, the outer world of results and personalities must conform to it. That is the law of mind-action.

  • We are such inward secret creatures, that inwardness is the most amazing thing about us, even more amazing than our reason.

  • Inner resources are like natural resources; they both dry up eventually when the demands on them are heavy.

  • The ultimate comfort zone is within.

  • Inner space is the real frontier.

  • Some peoples' lives are affected by what happens to their person or their property; but for others fate is what happens to their feelings and their thoughts — that and nothing more.

  • The inner chambers of the soul are like the photographer's darkroom. Like a laboratory. One cannot stay there all the time or it becomes the solitary cell of the neurotic.

    • Anaïs Nin,
    • 1944, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 4 ()
  • ... the better life cannot be imposed from without — it must grow from within.

  • When my daughter looks at me, she sees a small old lady. That is because she sees only with her outside eyes. She has no chuming, no inside knowing of things. If she had chuming she would see a tiger lady. And she would have careful fear.

  • ... when I first began this diary I said I would give a record of my inner life. I begin to wonder if I have said anything about my inner life. What if I have no inner life?

  • Are we all living like this? Two lives, the ideal outer life and the inner imaginative life where we keep our secrets?