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    Posted on Dec 5, 2013

    The 14 Most Eye-Opening Quotes By Joan Didion

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

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    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

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    3. On youth.

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    From Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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    4. On the human condition.

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    From The Year Of Magical Thinking

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    5. On love.

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    From The Year Of Magical Thinking

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    6. On stepping up.

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    From Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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    7. On the meaning of wealth.

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    From Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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    8. On the power of knowledge.

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    From The Year Of Magical Thinking

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    9. On the importance of education.

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    From Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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    10. On the intensity of Los Angeles.

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    From Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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    11. On the dream of New York.

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    From Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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    12. On claiming ownership.

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    From The White Album

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    13. On the depth in the details.

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    14. On really living.

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    From UC Riverside commencement address, 1975.