Joan Didion Quotes

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

Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price.

Joan Didion

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.

Joan Didion

There is one last thing to remember: writers are always selling somebody out.

Joan Didion

To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self

Joan Didion

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

Joan Didion

Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.

Joan Didion

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.

Joan Didion
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