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To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self, an impossible claim that one should be at once Rose Bowl princess, medieval scholar, Saint Joan, Milly Theale, Temple Drake, Eleanor of Aquitaine, one Joan Didion#Envy 88
Joan Didion#Envy 88
Americans are uneasy with their possessions, guilty about power, all of which is difficult for Europeans to perceive because they are themselves so truly materialistic, so versed in the uses of power. Joan Didion#Property 74
Joan Didion#Property 74
The fancy that extraterrestrial life is by definition of a higher order than our own is one that soothes all children, and many writers. Joan Didion#Science 68
Joan Didion#Science 68
My own fantasies of what life would be like at 24 tended to the more spectacular. Joan Didion#Uncategorized 68
Joan Didion#Uncategorized 68
I never had much interest in being a child. As a way of being it seemed flat, failed to engage. Joan Didion#Uncategorized 67
Joan Didion#Uncategorized 67
Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price. Joan Didion#Anything 61
Joan Didion#Anything 61
I do have a strong sense of an order in the universe. Joan Didion#Uncategorized 59
Joan Didion#Uncategorized 59
The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream. Joan Didion#Dream 58
Joan Didion#Dream 58
Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant. Joan Didion#Changes 58
Joan Didion#Changes 58
We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. Joan Didion#Memory 56
Joan Didion#Memory 56
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