Joan Didion Quotes

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Joan Didion Quote: “We are the stories we tell ourselves.”


Joan Didion Quote: “I don’t know what I think until I write it down.”

Joan Didion Quote: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live. We live entirely by the impression of a narrative line upon disparate images, the shifting phantasmagoria, which is our actual experience.”

Joan Didion Quote: “I use an IBM Thinkpad. I just use it like a typewriter, but when I started using it in 1987, I thought I won’t be able to write anymore, so I thought I’d go back to the typewriter. But you couldn’t go back to the typewriter after using the computer.”

Joan Didion Quote: “I have already lost touch with a couple of people I used to be.”


Joan Didion Quote: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”

Joan Didion Quote: “The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.”

Joan Didion Quote: “Writers are only rarely likable.”

Joan Didion Quote: “Grammar is a piano I play by ear.”

Joan Didion Quote: “We write to discover what we think.”


Joan Didion Quote: “Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price.”

Joan Didion Quote: “When the ground starts moving, all bets are off.”

Joan Didion Quote: “New York was no mere city. It was instead an infinitely romantic notion.”

Joan Didion Quote: “You have to pick the places you don’t walk away from.”

Joan Didion Quote: “There’s a point when you go with what you’ve got. Or you don’t go.”

Joan Didion Quote: “I know something about dread myself, and appreciate the elaborate systems with which some people fill the void, appreciate all the opiates of the people, whether they are as accessible as alcohol and heroin and promiscuity or as hard to come by as faith in God or History.”

Joan Didion Quote: “Keepers of private notebooks are a different breed altogether, lonely and resistant rearrangers of things, anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some presentiment of loss.”

Joan Didion Quote: “The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it.”

Joan Didion Quote: “A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.”

Joan Didion Quote: “Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it.”

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