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Annie Dillard Quotes

Annie Dillard Quote: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The way you live your days is the way you live your life.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “No one escapes the wilderness on the way to the promised land.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “You can’t test courage cautiously.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The dedicated life is worth living. You must give with your whole heart.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “An Inuit hunter asked the local missionary priest: If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell? No, said the priest, not if you did not know. Then why, asked the Inuit earnestly, did you tell me?”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “We are here to abet creation and to witness to it, to notice each other’s beautiful face and complex nature so that creation need not play to an empty house.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “A schedule defends from chaos and whim. A net for catching days.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The more you read, the more you will write. The better the stuff you read, the better the stuff you will write.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed?”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The sensation of writing a book is the sensation of spinning, blinded by love and daring.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “One of the few things I know about writing is this: Spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book, give it, give it all, give it now.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I had been my whole life a bell, and never knew it until at that moment I was lifted and struck.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “At a certain point, you say to the woods, to the sea, to the mountains, the world, Now I am ready. Now I will stop and be wholly attentive. You empty yourself and wait, listening.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “According to Inuit culture in Greenland, a person possesses six or seven souls. The souls take the form of tiny people scattered throughout the body.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetic flowers. They lengthened and spread, added plane to plane in an awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even stones – maybe only the stones – understood.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Nature’s silence is its one remark, and every flake of world is a chip off that old mute and immutable block.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Evolution loves death more than it loves you or me. This is easy to write, easy to read, and hard to believe.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Whenever there is stillness there is the still small voice, God’s speaking from the whirlwind, nature’s old song, and dance...”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I couldn’t unpeach the peaches.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I am a fugitive and a vagabond, a sojourner seeking signs.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I know only enough of God to want to worship him, by any means ready to hand.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Caring passionately about something isn’t against nature, and it isn’t against human nature. It’s what we’re here to do.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “God gave me a talent to draw. I ‘owed’ it to him to develop the talent.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Time is the continuous loop, the snakeskin with scales endlessly overlapping without beginning or end, or time is an ascending spiral if you will, like a child’s toy Slinky.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is necessary. But the stars neither require nor demand it.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The secret is not to write about what you love best, but about what you, alone, love at all.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Unfortunately, nature is very much a now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t affair. A fish flashes, then dissolves in the water before my eyes like so much salt. Deer apparently ascend bodily into heaven; the brightest oriole fades into leaves.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Experiencing the present purely is being empty and hollow; you catch grace as a man fills his cup under a waterfall.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I’d seen a great many partial eclipses, but a partial eclipse has the same relation to a total eclipse as flirting with a man does to marrying him. It’s completely different.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “You can’t test courage cautiously, so I ran hard and waved my arms hard, happy.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Every day is a god, each day is a god, and holiness holds forth in time.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Time is the warp and matter the weft of the woven texture of beauty in space, and death is the hurling shuttle.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “We are most deeply asleep at the switch when we fancy we control any switches at all.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Your work is to keep cranking the flywheel that turns the gears that spin the belt in the engine of belief that keeps you and your desk in midair.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “We are here to witness the creation and to abet it.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Private life, book life, took place where words met imagination without passing through the world.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Having chosen this foolishness, I was a free being. How could the world ever stop me, how could I betray myself, if I was not afraid?”
Annie Dillard Quote: “We wake, if we ever wake at all, to mystery, rumors of death, beauty, violence...”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The world is wider in all directions, more dangerous and bitter, more extravagant and bright. We are making hay when we should be making whoopee; we are raising tomatoes when we should be raising Cain and Lazarus.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Your feelings are none of your business.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn’t believe the world existed.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write. He is careful of what he learns, for that is what he will know.”
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