Joan Didion on Reputation

“The dismal fact is that self-respect has nothing to do with the approval of others — who are, after all, deceived easily enough; has nothing to do with reputation, which, as Rhett Butler told Scarlett O’Hara, is something people with courage can do without.”

~ Joan Didion

Joan Didion on Character

“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.”

~ Joan Didion

Joan Didion on Self-respect

“The dismal fact is that self-respect has nothing to do with the approval of others — who are, after all, deceived easily enough”

~ Joan Didion