Sex does not thrive on monotony. Without feeling, inventions, moods, no surprises in bed. Sex must be mixed with tears, laughter, words, promises, scenes, jealousy, envy, all of the spices of fear, foreign travel, new faces, novels, stories, dreams, fantasies, music, dancing, opium, wine.

Anaïs Nin, in a letter to a “collector” of erotic fiction, as published in The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Volume 3, 1939-1944. (via karnalapple)