"Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?"
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."Joan Didion on Eleanor Roosevelt
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."Joan Didion on Walt Disney
"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible."Joan Didion on T. E. Lawrence
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."Joan Didion on Harriet Tubman
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."Joan Didion on James Dean
"Writing fiction is for me a fraught business, an occasion of daily dread for at least the first half of the novel, and sometimes all the way through. The work process is totally different from writing nonfiction. You have to sit down every day and make it up."
"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."
"Before I'd written movies, I never could do big set-piece scenes with a lot of different speakers - when you've got twelve people around a dinner table talking at cross purposes. I had always been impressed by other people's ability to do that."
"To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect."
"Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power."