“Something changes the moment you decide you’ve found a person you are ready to reveal parts of your soul to. Something stands out and makes the moment unique. A profound multidimensional clarity resembling a piece of carefully gathered stardust; As if you are whispering “finally” and your eyes fill with light and spontaneity. As if you do not care whether your heart will melt or crumble in the process because your brief courage undoes your tremendous fear of disbelief. You live for these moments; For you are, maybe for one second or more, sweetly forced to surrender yourself to unconditional intimacy. A moment of psychological reward smashing all self-imposed disciplines founded on terror. This is all you need.”
— Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
Author Anaïs Nin (1903-1977) reads excerpts from her memoirs “The Diary of Anaïs Nin” which she began writing at the age of 11 and continued to write until her death. These excerpts are from Volume 4. The reading was recorded in 1966 and the preservation of these tapes was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and by listeners of Pacifica Radio in 2010.