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Erotic Quote and Interpretation: Anaïs Nin on Sexual Power

How can you harness your sexual power? Get inspired by this quote from Anaïs Nin, with Lexi Sylver's own unique interpretation.

Welcome back, Lexual people.

You know I love sharing erotic writing and quotes from you, all the better to educate you and reveal the innerworkings of my perverted brain.

Here's one of my favorite quotes from Anaïs Nin...

"The source of sexual power is curiosity, passion." - Anaïs Nin, From The Diary of Anais Nin, 1939-1944

She's so right.

In my own words, here’s how I would expand on what Nin said:

Liberate and indulge your passionate self. Explore your boundless, inherently curious nature.

To harness your sexual power, you must first open your mind to all erotic possibilities.


A bit about Anaïs


Anais Nin quote on Sexual Power - Lexi SylverTo say that Nin had an intriguing life, having written a ton of journals, letters, novels, and short stories, to say nothing of the complexity of her love life, is a total understatement.

My admiration for her work and her expressiveness about eroticism and sexuality (when it was unpopular to do so), helped pave the way for erotic writers, especially female erotic writers like me.

Just for fun, here's a little history about Anaïs...

Her full name was Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell. What a mouthful!

She was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France to Cuban parents.

Nin wrote that she was inspired by Djuna Barnes, D. H. Lawrence, Marcel Proust, Andre Gidé, Jean Cocteau, Paul Valéry, and Arthur Rimbaud.

She details her two simultaneous marriages (to Hugh Parker Guiler and Rupert Pole) in her journals.


This is an interesting quote from biographer Deidre Blair:


"[Anaïs] would set up these elaborate façades in Los Angeles and in New York, but it became so complicated that she had to create something she called the lie box. She had this absolutely enormous purse and in the purse she had two sets of checkbooks. One said Anaïs Guiler for New York and another said Anaïs Pole for Los Angeles. She had prescription bottles from California doctors and New York doctors with the two different names. And she had a collection of file cards. And she said, "I tell so many lies I have to write them down and keep them in the lie box so I can keep them straight."

Nin also documented her numerous indiscretions, including affairs with Otto Rank (a psychoanalyst) and Henry Miller (yes, that Henry Miller, the writer).




Who is YOUR favorite erotic author? Stay Lexual, XXX Lexi ___________________ Source: Deidre Blair quote: "Anais Nin Husband, Rupert Pole, Dies in L.A." National Public Radio (NPR). July 29, 2006. Retrieved February 16, 2011.

Lexi Sylver

Lexi Sylver is the Montreal-based erotica author of Mating Season and All the Queen’s Men. She enjoys having a kinky and unconventional lifestyle and sharing her stories and experiences with others. As an entrepreneur, podcaster, advocate, educator, public speaker and coach for consensual non-monogamy and the swinging lifestyle, she regularly contributes articles about sexuality and relationships to Pornhub’s Sexual Wellness Center, ASN Lifestyle Magazine, SDC.com and her personal blog. Her mission is to promote empowerment and education by guiding you to shamelessly explore your Lexuality. Find out more at LexiSylver.com.
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