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A good home must be made, not bought.

Joyce Maynard

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

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

Long after Salinger sent me away, I continued to believe his standards and expectations were the best ones.

Joyce Maynard

I compromised my ability to tell my story, at the most basic level.

Joyce Maynard

Many women my age have known the experience of giving up crucial parts of themselves to please the man they love.

Joyce Maynard

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

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

I lived with a belief that I was a less worthy person for having fallen short of the approval of the man I had admired more than any other I'd known.

Joyce Maynard

For 25 years, I did take my responsibilities as a pleaser of others sufficiently seriously.

Joyce Maynard

I have not chosen to live a particularly private life myself, I respect the decision of any man or woman who chooses to live such a life.

Joyce Maynard

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

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

I knew when I embarked on the writing of my new memoir that it would be met with some harsh and even brutal criticism.

Joyce Maynard

I believe every one of us possesses a fundamental right to tell our own story.

Joyce Maynard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The silence was part of the story I wanted to tell.

Joyce Maynard

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
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