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

Joan Didion Quote: “To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.”

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

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

Joan Didion Quote: “Read, learn, work it up, go to the literature. Information is control.”

Joan Didion Quote: “That was the year, my twenty-eighth, when I was discovering that not all of the promises would be kept, that some things are in fact irrevocable and that it had counted after all, every evasion and every procrastination, every mistake, every word, all of it.”

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

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

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

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

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