it is precisely this --
rammed down your throat -- just read the comments: no one seems to question the veracity of Nin's statement; it's all elation and approval. But why? What she said there is far from obvious. Neither do I see any poetic magnificence in the above quote. In fact it is not a piece of poetry, instead it's a purely descriptive phrase whose goal is to communicate by denotation rather than poetically. And it just so happens that as such it does not appear to be true. Think of it. Forget that it's Nin, evaluate what is said on its own merit.