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Joan Didion Quote: “When I try to reconstruct those weeks at UCLA I recognize the mudginess in my own memory. There are parts of days that seem very clear and parts of days that do not.”
Joan Didion Quote: “As I recall this I realize how open we are to the persistent message that we can avert death. And to its punitive correlative, the message that if death catches us we have only ourselves to blame. Only.”
Joan Didion Quote: “Had I been blessed with even limited access to my own mind there would have been no reason to write. I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”
Joan Didion Quote: “Yet I had always at some level apprehended, because I was born fearful, that some events in life would remain beyond my ability to control or manage them. Some events would just happen. This was one of those events. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.”
Joan Didion Quote: “I was not then guilt-ridden about spending afternoons that way, because I still had all the afternoons in the world.”
Joan Didion Quote: “Why, if those were my images of death, did I remain so unable to accept the fact that he had died? Was it because I was failing to understand it as something that had happened to him? Was it because I was still understanding it as something that had happened to me?”
Joan Didion Quote: “O the mind, mind has mountains; cliffs of fall Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. Hold them cheap May who ne’er hung there. I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day. And I have asked to be Where no storms come.”
Joan Didion Quote: “This is a case in which I need more than words to find the meaning.”
Joan Didion Quote: “I superstiti si voltano indietro e scorgono presagi, messaggi di cui non si sono accorti.”
Joan Didion Quote: “In New Orleans they have mastered the art of the motionless. In.”
Joan Didion Quote: “As a writer, even as a child, long before what I wrote began to be published, I developed a sense that meaning itself was resident in the rhythms of words and sentences and paragraphs.”
Joan Didion Quote: “The peculiarity of being a writer is that the entire enterprise involves the mortal humiliation of seeing one’s own words in print.”
Joan Didion Quote: “She wrote in a world in which mourning was still recognized, allowed, not hidden from view.”
Joan Didion Quote: “January 11, 1965, was a bright warm day in Southern California, the kind of day when Catalina floats on the Pacific horizon and the air smells of orange blossoms and it is a long way from the bleak and difficult East, a long way from the cold, a long way from the past.”
Joan Didion Quote: “Why did I keep stressing what was and was not normal, when nothing about it was?”
Joan Didion Quote: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live... We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the “ideas” with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.”
Joan Didion Quote: “The second kind of grief was “complicated grief,” which was also known in the literature as “pathological bereavement” and was said to occur in a variety of situations. One situation in which pathological bereavement could occur, I read repeatedly, was that in which the survivor and the deceased had been unusually dependent on one another.”
Joan Didion Quote: “Superstition prevails, fear that the fragile unfinished something will shatter, vanish, revert to the nothing from which it was made.”
Joan Didion Quote: “There was a way to know if you had made headway. You knew you had made headway, when a doctor to whom you had made one or another suggestions, presented, a day later, the plan as his own.”
Joan Didion Quote: “I’ve never been any place I wanted to go.”
Joan Didion Quote: “I’m not optimistic, darling, but I’m hopeful. There’s a difference. I’m hopeful.”
Joan Didion Quote: “She could remember it all but none of it seemed to come to anything. She had a sense the dream had ended and she had slept on.”
Joan Didion Quote: “I never felt poor; I had the feeling that if I needed money I could always get it. I could write a syndicated column for teenagers under the name “Debbi Lynn” or I could smuggle gold into India or I could become a $100 call girl, and none of it would matter.”
Joan Didion Quote: “Research to date has shown that, like many other stressors, grief frequently leads to changes in the endocrine, immune, autonomic nervous, and cardiovascular systems; all of these are fundamentally influenced by brain function and neurotransmitters.”
Joan Didion Quote: “Why did I think that this improvisation could never end? If I had seen that it could, what would I have done differently? What would he?”
Joan Didion Quote: “It is impossible to think of Howard Hughes without seeing the apparently bottomless gulf between what we say we want and what we do want, between what we officially admire and secretly desire, between, in the largest sense, the people we marry and the people we love.”
Joan Didion Quote: “As it happens I am still committed to the idea that the ability to think for one’s self depends upon one’s mastery of the language, and I am not optimistic about children who will settle for saying, to indicate that their mother and father do not live together, that they come from “a broken home.” They are sixteen, fifteen, fourteen years old, younger all the time, an army of children waiting to be given the words.”
Joan Didion Quote: “The bereaved must be urged to “sit in a sunny room,” preferably one with an open fire.”
Joan Didion Quote: “Remember, never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can.”
Joan Didion Quote: “In fact I did not need to look, nor could I avoid them by not looking: I knew them by heart.”
Joan Didion Quote: “I have trouble maintaining the basic notion that keeping promises matters in a world where everything I was taught seems beside the point. The point itself is increasingly obscure.”
Joan Didion Quote: “Why do you always have to be right, I remembered John saying. It was a complaint, a charge, part of a fight. He never understood that in my own mind I was never right.”
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