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Annie Dillard Quote: “As a life’s work, I would remember everything – everything, against loss. I would go through life like a plankton net.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I would like to learn, or remember, how to live.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Books swept me away, this way and that, one after the other; I made endless vows according to their lights for I believed them.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Aim for the chopping block. If you aim for the wood, you will have nothing. Aim past the wood, aim through the wood; aim for the chopping block.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The creative process obtains in all creative acts. So if I’m painting suddenly I’ll see something that I didn’t see before.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I woke in bits, like all children, piecemeal over the years. I discovered myself and the world, and forgot them, and discovered them again.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The extravagant gesture is the very stuff of creation.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The interior life is often stupid.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Dan Gerber is one of our finest living poets.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Doing something does not require discipline. It creates its own discipline – with a little help from caffeine.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I can’t dance anymore. Total knee replacements. I can’t do anything anymore.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Why do we people in churches seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute?”
Annie Dillard Quote: “There is no whit less enlightenment under the tree by your street than there was under the Buddha’s bo tree. I invite you to go sit under that tree by your street.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “An Eskimo shaman said, Life’s greatest danger lies in the fact that man’s food consists entirely of souls.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Push it. examine all things intensely and relentlessly.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten and have done my share of eating too.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “But enough is enough. One turns at last even from glory itself with a sigh of relief. From the depths of mystery, and even from the heights of splendor, we bounce back and hurry for the latitudes of home.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I had been chipping at the world idly, and had by accident uncovered vast and labyrinthine further worlds within it.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Every live thing is a survivor on a kind of extended emergency bivouac.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I come down to the water to cool my eyes. But everywhere I look I see fire; that which isn’t flint is tinder, and the whole world sparks and flames.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Trees have a curious relationship to the subject of the present moment. There are many created things in the universe that outlive us, that outlive the sun, even, but I can’t think about them. I live with trees.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I think the dying pray at the last not “please,” but “thank you,” as a guest thanks his host at the door.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Hone and spread your spirit till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Divinity is not playful. The universe was not made in jest but in solemn incomprehensibl e earnest. By a power that is unfathomably secret, and holy, and fleet. There is nothing to be done about it, but ignore it, or see.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “We teach our children one thing only, as we were taught: to wake up. We teach our children to look alive there, to join by words and activities the life of human culture on the planet.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I saw in a blue haze all the world poured flat and pale between the mountains.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I still try to keep my eyes open. I’m always on the lookout for antlion traps in sandy soil, monarch pupae near milkweed, skipper larvae in locust leaves. These things are utterly common, and I’ve not seen one.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Painters work from the ground up. The latest version of a painting overlays earlier versions, and obliterates them. Writers, on the other hand, work from left to right. The discardable chapters are on the left.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The universe was not made in jest but in solemn incomprehensible earnest.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “What a hideout: Holiness lies spread and borne over the surface of time and stuff like color.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Adverbs are a sign that you’ve used the wrong verb.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then-and only then-it is handed to you.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Beauty and grace are performed whether or not we sense them.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “When I first read the words ‘introvert’ and ‘extrovert’ when I was 10, I thought I was both.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The real and proper question is: why is it beautiful?”
Annie Dillard Quote: “It is difficult to undo our own damage, and to recall to our presence that which we have asked to leave.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “No one can help you if you’re stuck in a work. Only you can figure a way out, because only you can see the work’s possibilities.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I write in my own journal when something extraordinary or funny happens. And there’s some nice imagery in there. I don’t think of what to do with it.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “How can people think that artists seek a name? There is no such thing as an artist – only the world, lit or unlit, as the world allows.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The mind wants the world to return its love, or its awareness; the mind wants to know all the world, and all eternity, and God.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “For all the insularity of the old guard, Pittsburgh was always an open and democratic town.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I wake up thinking: What am I reading? What will I read next? I’m terrified that I’ll run out, that I will read through all I want to, and be forced to learn wildflowers at last, to keep awake.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “People who take photographs during their whole vacation won’t remember their vacation. They’ll only remember what photographs they took.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “I never met a man who was shaken by a field of identical blades of grass. An acre of poppies and a forest of spruce boggle no one’s mind.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Our family was on the lunatic fringe. My mother was always completely irrepressible. My father made crowd noises into a microphone.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “The mind of the writer does indeed do something before it dies, and so does its owner, but I would be hard put to call it living.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.”
Annie Dillard Quote: “Make connections; let rip; and dance where you can.”
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