WORDS: JOAN DIDION

WE FORGET ALL TOO SOON

July 2, 2007


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It seems a nice day for some quotes by Joan Didion:

“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.”

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

“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.”


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

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

 “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.”

“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?”

“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.”

“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.”

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