Joyce Maynard Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

Joyce Maynard Quotes and Sayings

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    A person who deserves my loyalty receives it. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    Although Salinger had long since cut me out of his life completely and made it plain that he had nothing but contempt for me, the thought of becoming the object of his wrath was more than I felt ready to take on. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    At Home in the World is the story of a young woman, raised in some difficult circumstances, and how she survives. It tells a story of redemption, not victimhood. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    For 25 years, I did take my responsibilities as a pleaser of others sufficiently seriously. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    I believe every one of us possesses a fundamental right to tell our own story. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    I believed my story would be helpful to young women my daughter's age, who are still in the process of forming themselves as women, and in need of encouragement to remain true to themselves. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    I compromised my ability to tell my story, at the most basic level. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    I continued to protect him with my silence. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    I have long observed that the act of writing is viewed, by some, as an elite and otherworldly act, all the more so if a person isn't paid for what she writes. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    I wonder what it is that the people who criticize me for telling this story truly object to: is it that I have dared to tell the story? Or that the story turns out not to be the one they wanted to hear? Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    If a man wishes to truly not be written about, he would do well not to write letters to 18-year-old girls, inviting them into his life. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    If I told you about all the stories I don't tell, I would be violating the very boundaries I set for myself. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    It is not the task of a reader to please her subjects. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    Long after Salinger sent me away, I continued to believe his standards and expectations were the best ones. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    Many women my age have known the experience of giving up crucial parts of themselves to please the man they love. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    My job is writing. I get paid to do it. When was the last time you heard someone challenge a doctor for making money off of cancer? Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    Not only did I avoid speaking of Salinger; I resisted thinking about him. I did not reread his letters to me. The experience had been too painful. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    Nothing like being visible, publishing one's work, and speaking openly about one's life, to disabuse the world of the illusion of one's perfection and purity. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    Some literary types subscribe to the notion that being a writer like Salinger entitles a person to remain free of the standards that might apply to mere mortals. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    Teach a child to play solitaire, and she'll be able to entertain herself when there's no one around. Teach her tennis, and she'll know what to do when she's on a court. But raise her to feel comfortable in nature, and the whole planet is her home. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    The painter who feels obligated to depict his subjects as uniformly beautiful or handsome and without flaws will fall short of making art. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    The portrait of my parents is a complicated one, but lovingly drawn. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    The silence was part of the story I wanted to tell. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    The vehemence with which certain critics have chosen not simply to criticize what I've written, but to challenge my writing this story at all, speaks of what the book is about: fear of disapproval. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    To share our stories is not only a worthwhile endeavor for the storyteller, but for those who hear our stories and feel less alone because of it. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF
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    Women writers have been told, forever, that our stories were not valuable. Not as valuable as men's stories about wars, business, power. Joyce Maynard | Refcard PDF






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