25 Joan Didion Quotes On Self Respect & Love

Quotes by Joan Didion

Looking For The Best Quotes Of Joan Didion? (Born December 5, 1934) Joan Didion is an American essayist. Her distinctive style and perfect sense of personality and irony make her one of the most famous prose writers of our time.

Let’s take a look at some of best quotes from Joan Didion on overcoming writer’s block, self-doubt, and more.

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  1.  “Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price.” — Joan Didion
  2. “The ability to think for one’s self depends upon one’s mastery of the language.” — Joan Didion Quotes
  3. “Writing nonfiction is more like sculpture, a matter of shaping the research into the finished thing.” — Joan Didion
  4. “I don’t know what I think until I write it down.” — Joan Didion
  5. “You have to pick the places you don’t walk away from.” — Joan Didion
  6. “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
  7. “Somehow writing has always seemed to me to have an element of performance.”– Joan Didion Blue Nights Quotes
  8. We tell ourselves stories in order to live.
  9. Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self-respect springs.
  10. A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty.
  11. I closed the box and put it in a closet. There is no real way to deal with everything we lose.
  12. I am what I am. To look for reasons is beside the point.__ Quotes Joan Didion
  13. I have come to see, we knew not the smallest fraction of what there was to know.
  14. Our favorite people and our favorite stories become so not by any inherent virtue, but because they illustrate something deep in the grain, something unadmitted.
  15. Water is important to people who do not have it, and the same is true of control.
  16. We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away, failed by our very complication, so wired that when we mourn our losses we also mourn, for better or for worse, ourselves. As we were. As we are no longer. As we will one day not be at all.
  17. Memory fades, memory adjusts, memory conforms to what we think we remember.__ Joan Didion Quotes On Love
  18. Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.
  19. Do not whine… Do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.
  20. Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it.
  21. Read, learn, work it up, go to the literature. Information is control.
  22. Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having, has a price.__ Blue Nights Joan Didion Quotes
  23. I know why we try to keep the dead alive: we try to keep them alive in order to keep them with us. I also know that if we are to live ourselves there comes a point at which we must relinquish the dead, let them go, keep them dead.
  24. The ability to think for one’s self depends upon one’s mastery of the language.
  25. 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.

Closing words

Thanks for reading my favorite 25 quotes by Joan Didion. I wish you a great year and hope you can find these quotes whenever you need a boost, so you can confidently crush every challenge or goal you set for yourself.

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