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Welcome to a collection of enchanting quotes from “The Year of Magical Thinking.” This profound memoir by Joan Didion explores the depths of grief, loss, and resilience, offering poignant insights into the experience. Join us as we delve into the wisdom and reflection found within these memorable quotes.

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Magical Thinking Quotes

  1. “Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be.” – Joan Didion
  2. “Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.” – Joan Didion
  3. “I had to keep on moving, as if I could bring him back by moving.” – Joan Didion
  4. “Memory fades, memory adjusts, memory conforms to what we think we remember.” – Joan Didion
  5. “A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty.” – Joan Didion
  6. “We are imperfect mortal beings, aware of that mortality even as we push it away.” – Joan Didion
  7. “The very act of writing clearly shows me how unclear everything is.” – Joan Didion
  8. “The way to deal with [tragedy] is to think about it, move around it, look at it from all sides.” – Joan Didion
  9. “I had only a dim awareness of the fear I lived under, a pervasive anxiety.” – Joan Didion
  10. “What makes Iago evil? Some people ask. I never ask.” – Joan Didion
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  11. “You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.” – Joan Didion
  12. “Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life.” – Joan Didion
  13. “You see someone on the street and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw.” – Joan Didion
  14. “The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one.” – Joan Didion
  15. “Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.” – Joan Didion
  16. “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” – Joan Didion
  17. “Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river that sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that tears me apart, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.” – Joan Didion
  18. “We are, as a culture and as individuals, lurching around in a state of perpetual disintegration.” – Joan Didion
  19. “I could not count the times during the average day when something would come up that I needed to tell him.” – Joan Didion
  20. “Life changes fast. Life changes in an instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.” – Joan Didion
  21. “I wanted to explain to her how often we are moved by hope, how the obvious can feel sudden and imponderable.” – Joan Didion
  22. “We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.” – Joan Didion
  23. “I had to keep on moving, as if I could bring him back by moving.” – Joan Didion
  24. “When we mourn our dead, they become our saints.” – Joan Didion
  25. “Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it.” – Joan Didion
  26. “Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.” – Joan Didion
  27. “The ability to think straight, some knowledge of the past, some vision of the future, some skill to do useful service, some urge to fit that service into the well-being of the community—these are the most vital things education must try to produce.” – Joan Didion
  28. “One of the mixed blessings of being twenty and twenty-one and even twenty-three is the conviction that nothing like this, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, has ever happened to anyone before.” – Joan Didion
  29. “That was the year, my twenty-eighth, when I was discovering that not all of the promises would be kept, that some things are in fact irrevocable and that it had counted after all, every evasion and every procrastination, every mistake, every word, all of it.” – Joan Didion
  30. “I know why we try to keep the dead alive: we try to keep them alive in order to keep them with us.” – Joan Didion
  31. “I had asked [my husband] not to go, and then had acquiesced in his going.” – Joan Didion
  32. “I do not know many people who think they have succeeded as parents. Those who do tend to cite the markers that indicate (their own) status in the world: the Stanford degree….” – Joan Didion
  33. “You have to pick the places you don’t walk away from.” – Joan Didion
  34. “The five stages—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance—are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost.” – Joan Didion
  35. “People tend to forget that my presence runs counter to their best interests.” – Joan Didion
  36. “I know what I think, but I have not yet discovered how to express it.” – Joan Didion
  37. “The way I write is who I am, or have become, yet this is a case in which I wish I had instead of words and their rhythms a cutting room, equipped with an Avid, a digital editing system on which I could touch a key and collapse the sequence of time, show you simultaneously all the frames of memory that come to me now, let you pick the takes, the marginally different expressions, the variant readings of the same lines.” – Joan Didion
  38. “I know something about dread myself, and appreciate the elaborate systems with which some people fill the void, appreciate all the opiates of the people, whether they are as accessible as alcohol and heroin and promiscuity or as hard to come by as faith in God or History.” – Joan Didion
  39. “I closed the box and put it in a closet. There is no real way to deal with everything we lose.” – Joan Didion
  40. “The reality is that our ‘self’ is fluid and context-dependent.” – Joan Didion
  41. “I had to keep going, and I could not allow myself to dwell on what I had lost.” – Joan Didion
  42. “I always had a rule that I would not admit that he was dead until they found the body.” – Joan Didion
  43. “I am not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it.” – Joan Didion
  44. “I know why we try to keep the dead alive: we try to keep them alive in order to keep them with us.” – Joan Didion
  45. “I can’t go on. I’ll go on.” – Joan Didion
  46. “Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.” – Joan Didion
  47. “We are not rational beings, we are emotional beings who rationalize.” – Joan Didion
  48. “People themselves are full of politics and insinuations and duplicities and power struggles and I think that’s what I found interesting.” – Joan Did

Magical Thinking Quotes in Romanized Hindi

  1. “Sapne woh nahi hote jo aap sote hue dekhte hai, sapne woh hote hai jo aapko sone nahi dete.”

    • Translation: “Dreams are not what you see while sleeping, dreams are those that don’t let you sleep.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (Former Indian President)
  2. “Aasha hi praarthana hai. Prarthana mein shakti hai.”

    • Translation: “Hope is itself a prayer. There is power in prayer.” – Unknown
  3. “Jab tak todne ki takat hai, tab tak jodne ki aasha bhi hai.”

    • Translation: “As long as there is strength to break, there is also hope to mend.” – Unknown
  4. “Vishwaas karna sikh liya toh kismat apne aap likh jaayegi.”

    • Translation: “If you learn to believe, fate will write itself.” – Unknown
  5. “Jo sach mein kuch karna chaahta hai, woh raasta dhoond leta hai. Jo kuch nahi karna chaahta, woh bahana dhoond leta hai.”

    • Translation: “Those who truly want to do something, find a way. Those who don’t, find an excuse.” – Unknown
  6. “Koshish karne walon ki kabhi haar nahi hoti.”

    • Translation: “Those who try, never lose.” – Popular Hindi Proverb
  7. “Chamatkar unhi ke saath hote hai jo chamatkar par yakeen karte hai.”

    • Translation: “Miracles happen to those who believe in miracles.” – Unknown
  8. “Man ke haare haar hai, man ke jeete jeet”

    • Translation: “Defeat lies in a defeated mind, victory lies in a victorious one” – Popular Hindi proverb
  9. “Bhavnao ki taakat ko kabhi kam mat samjhiye.”

    • Translation: “Never underestimate the power of emotions.” – Unknown
  10. “Khushiyaan baantne se badhti hai.”

    • Translation: “Happiness increases by sharing it.” – Unknown
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Magical Thinking Quotes in Romanized Urdu

  1. “Tamanna jab hadd se guzar jaaye, toh usey maqsood hi kehte hain.”

    • Translation: “When a desire crosses all limits, then it’s called a destiny.”
  2. “Khwab wo nahi hote jo neend mein dekhe jaate hain, khwab unhe kehte hain jinhe paane ki neend nahi aati.”

    • Translation: “Dreams are not what you see in your sleep, dreams are those that don’t let you sleep.”
  3. “Ummeed pe saari duniya qaim hai.”

    • Translation: “The entire world rests on hope.”
  4. “Himmat-e-marda, madad-e-khuda.”

    • Translation: “A brave person’s courage is God’s help.” (Urdu proverb emphasizing courage + belief)
  5. “Koshish karne walon ki haar nahi hoti.”

    • Translation: “Those who try never lose.” (Common Urdu Proverb)
  6. “Chamatkar sirf unke saath hote hain jo unpar yakeen rakhte hain.”

    • Translation: “Miracles only happen to those who believe in them.”
  7. “Jo hai mumkin, wohi toh karna hai.”

    • Translation: “Only the possible must be done.” (Urdu proverb, but with determination)
  8. “Mushkilon se bhagna, aasaan hota hai, har mushkil ka saamna, himmat ka kaam hota hai.”

    • Translation: “To run from difficulties is easy, to face every hardship is a task of courage.”
  9. “Khushiyan taqseem karne se badhti hain.”

    • Translation: “Happiness increases by sharing it.”
  10. “Dil mein jazbaat ko zinda rakho, hausla rahega toh raasta bhi milega.”

    • Translation: “Keep the emotions alive in your heart, if you have courage, you will find a way.”

जादुई सोच वाले उद्धरण

  1. “सपने वो नहीं होते जो आप सोते हुए देखते है, सपने वो होते है जो आपको सोने नहीं देते.” – डॉ ए.पी.जे अब्दुल कलाम (Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam)

    • Translation: “Dreams are not what you see when you sleep, dreams are those that don’t let you sleep.”
  2. “जब तक तोड़ने की ताकत है, तब तक जोड़ने की आशा भी है।” – अज्ञात (Unknown)

    • Translation: “As long as there is strength to break, there is also hope to mend.”
  3. “विश्वास करना सीख लिया तोह किस्मत अपने आप लिख जाएगी।” – अज्ञात (Unknown)

    • Translation: “If you learn to believe, fate will write itself.”
  4. “कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।” – अज्ञात (Unknown)

    • Translation: “Those who try, never lose.”
  5. “आशा ही प्रार्थना है। प्रार्थना में शक्ति है।” – अज्ञात (Unknown)

    • Translation: “Hope is itself a prayer. There is power in prayer.”
  6. “मन के हारे हार है, मन के जीते जीत।” – प्रचलित हिंदी लोकोक्ति (Popular Hindi proverb)

    • Translation: “Defeat lies in a defeated mind, victory lies in a victorious one.”
  7. “जो सच में कुछ करना चाहता है, वो रास्ता ढूंढ लेता है। जो कुछ नहीं करना चाहता, वो बहाना ढूंढ लेता है।” – अज्ञात (Unknown)

    • Translation: “Those who truly want to do something find a way. Those who don’t, find an excuse.”
  8. “चमत्कार उन्हीं के साथ होते हैं जो चमत्कार पर यकीन करते हैं।” – अज्ञात (Unknown)

    • Translation: “Miracles happen to those who believe in miracles.”
  9. “खुशियाँ बाँटने से बढ़ती हैं।” – अज्ञात (Unknown)

    • Translation: “Happiness increases by sharing it.”
  10. “भावनाओं की ताकत को कभी कम मत समझिए।” – अज्ञात (Unknown)

    • Translation: “Never underestimate the power of emotions.”
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