I love both of these, but I was particularly drawn by the one about anxiety, that being one of my things.

Anaïs Nin on Love, Hand-Lettered by Debbie Millman – Brain Pickings

“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It creates the failures. It makes others feel as you might. When a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.”

Puts in perspective a thing my ex-wife once said to me, paraphrased: “I feel like I’m married to your anxiety.”

Anaïs Nin on Real Love, Illustrated by Debbie Millman – Brain Pickings

“Where the myth fails, human love begins. Then we love a human being, not our dream, but a human being with flaws.”

Puts in perspective the difference between having a crush on someone and loving someone. The latter requires you to know who they are, the former requires you not to.

(via brainpickings.org)