Joan Didion’s 19 best quotes in memory of the writer when she died at the age of 87

Renowned American writer and author Joan Didion passed away on Thursday, December 23, at the age of 87. We take a look at some of her best quotes.

Journalist who died at her home in New York from complications of Parkinson’s disease, her publisher Knopf revealed.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Joan Didion passed away early this morning at her home in New York from complications from Parkinson’s disease,” said Knopf. told Insider in a statement.

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19 of Joan Didion’s best quotes

“We tell ourselves stories to live.”

White album

“I write purely to find out what I am thinking, what I am looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear”.

Why do I write?

“We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and betrayals, forget what we whispered and what we shouted, forget who we are.”

Slide towards Bethlehem

“You are missing a single person, and the whole world is empty.”

Year of Magical Thinking

“One’s ability to think for oneself depends on one’s mastery of the language.”

Slide towards Bethlehem

“Grammar is a piano piece that I play by ear.”

Joan Didion: Essay and Conversation

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“You have to choose places you can’t walk away from.”

Book of Common Prayer

“A place forever belongs to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, squeezes it out of itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically to the point of remaking it.” it follows its own image.”

White album

“I know why we try to keep the dead alive: we try to keep them alive to keep them with us. I also know that if we want to live as who we are, there will come a time when we have to give up the dead, let them go, keep them dead. ”

Year of Magical Thinking

“I didn’t know what I was thinking until I wrote it down.”

“I boxed it up and put it in the closet.
There’s no real way to deal with all that we’ve lost.”

Where do I come from?

“Don’t complain… Don’t complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.”

Joan Didion: Blue Nights

“Read, study, work, learn documents.
Information is control”.

Year of Magical Thinking

“Memory fades, memory adjusts, memory matches what we think we remember.”

Joan Didion: Blue Nights

“Life changes quickly. Life changed instantly. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it is over. ”

Year of Magical Thinking

“We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that death even as we push it away, defeated by our complexity, so entangled that when we mourn our lost our own loss, we also mourn, for better or for worse, for ourselves. Like us. like we are no more. like one day we will be no more. “

Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion quote from ‘About Self Respect’

“To free us from the expectations of others, to let us return to ourselves – therein lies the great, singular power of self-esteem.”

“Innocentness ends when one is removed from the illusion that one likes oneself.”

“Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self-esteem arises.”

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