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Joan Didion

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Grammar is a piano I play by ear.

— Joan Didion


Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.

— Joan Didion

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We tell ourselves stories in order to live.

— Joan Didion

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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

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Innocence ends when one is stripped of the delusion that one likes oneself.

— Joan Didion

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I am a writer. Imagining what someone would say or do comes to me as naturally as breathing.

— Joan Didion

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We imagined we knew everything the other thought, even when we did not necessarily want to know it, but in fact, I have come to see, we knew not the smallest fraction of what there was to know.

— Joan Didion


It occurs to me that we allow ourselves to imagine only such messages as we need to survive.

— Joan Didion

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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

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Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?

— Joan Didion

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read like a novel. Didion wrote in her 2003 memoir Where I Was From that moving as often as her family did made her feel like a perpetual outsider. In the New York Times article Why I Write (1976) Didion remarks "To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed.

Joan Didion (born December 5 1934) is an American author best known for her novels and her literary journalism. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work.

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