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Joan Didion Quotes

"The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream."

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

"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."

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

"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."

"Call me the author."

"We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget."

"Of course great hotels have always been social ideas, flawless mirrors to the particular societies they service."

"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."

"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."

"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."

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

"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?"

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