Joan Didion Quotes


24 Joan Didion quotes:



"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."
"The fancy that extraterrestrial life is by definition of a higher order than our own is one that soothes all children, and many writers."
"Was there ever in anyone's life span a point free in time, devoid of memory, a night when choice was any more than the sum of all the choices gone before?"
"When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble."
Author: Didion Quotes Category: Morality Quotes
"Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power."
"The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream."
"Writers are always selling somebody out."
"We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget."
"To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect."
"We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind's door at 4am of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends. We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget."
Author: Didion Quotes Category: Past Quotes
"The secret point of money and power in America is neither the things that money can buy nor power for power's sake... but absolute personal freedom, mobility, privacy. It is the instinct which drove America to the Pacific, all through the nineteenth century, the desire to be able to find a restaurant open in case you want a sandwich, to be a free agent, live by one's own rules."
Author: Didion Quotes Category: Wealth Quotes
"A young woman with long hair and a short white halter dress walks through the casino at the Riviera in Las Vegas at one in the morning. It was precisely this moment that made Play It As It Lays begin to tell itself to me."
Author: Didion Quotes Category: Women Quotes
"Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?"
"Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price."
"To have that sense of one's intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything: the ability to discriminate, to love and to remain indifferent. To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically incapable of either love or indifference."
Author: Didion Quotes Category: Ability Quotes Self-respect Quotes
"I think nobody owns the land until their dead are in it"
Author: Didion Quotes Category: Land Quotes
"Ask anyone committed to Marxist analysis how many angels on the head of a pin, and you will be asked in return to never mind the angels, tell me who controls the production of pins."
"Americans are uneasy with their possessions, guilty about power, all of which is difficult for Europeans to perceive because they are themselves so truly materialistic, so versed in the uses of power."
"A pool is, for many of us in the West, a symbol not of affluence but of order, of control over the uncontrollable. A pool is water, made available and useful, and is, as such, infinitely soothing to the western eye."
Author: Didion Quotes Category: Control Quotes
"You have to pick the places you don't walk away from."



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