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The 14 Most Eye-Opening Quotes By Joan Didion

A celebration of all the ways Ms. Didion helps us make sense of it all.

1. On writing.

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From “Why I Write”

2. On the complicated act of remembering.

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From Blue Nights

3. On youth.

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From Slouching Towards Bethlehem

4. On the human condition.

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From The Year Of Magical Thinking

5. On love.

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From The Year Of Magical Thinking

6. On stepping up.

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From Slouching Towards Bethlehem

7. On the meaning of wealth.

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From Slouching Towards Bethlehem

8. On the power of knowledge.

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From The Year Of Magical Thinking

9. On the importance of education.

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From Slouching Towards Bethlehem

10. On the intensity of Los Angeles.

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From Slouching Towards Bethlehem

11. On the dream of New York.

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From Slouching Towards Bethlehem

12. On claiming ownership.

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From The White Album

13. On the depth in the details.

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From this interview.

14. On really living.

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From UC Riverside commencement address, 1975.

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