Annie Dillard Quotes

Top 100 wise famous quotes and sayings by Annie Dillard

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Annie Dillard quotes: Old memories are very easy to get except that once you write about something you've destroyed it. Old memories are very easy to get except that once you write about something you've destroyed it.
Annie Dillard quotes: There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind. There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.
Annie Dillard quotes: Every spring he vowed to quit teaching school, and every summer he missed his pupils and searched for them on the streets. Every spring he vowed to quit teaching school, and every summer he missed his pupils and searched for them on the streets.
Annie Dillard quotes: The courage of children and beasts is a function of innocence. The courage of children and beasts is a function of innocence.
Annie Dillard quotes: This hospital, like every other, is a hole in the universe through which holiness issues in blasts. It blows both ways, in and out of time. This hospital, like every other, is a hole in the universe through which holiness issues in blasts. It blows both ways, in and out of time.
Annie Dillard quotes: I work mornings only. I go out to lunch. Afternoons I play with the baby, walk with my husband, or shovel mail. I work mornings only. I go out to lunch. Afternoons I play with the baby, walk with my husband, or shovel mail.
Annie Dillard quotes: 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. 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 quotes: I read with the pure, exhilarating greed of readers sixteen, seventeen years old; I read with the pure, exhilarating greed of readers sixteen, seventeen years old;
Annie Dillard quotes: It's a little silly to finally learn how to write at this age. But I long ago realized I was secretly sincere. It's a little silly to finally learn how to write at this age. But I long ago realized I was secretly sincere.
Annie Dillard quotes: I could very calmly go wild. I could very calmly go wild.
Annie Dillard quotes: Write as if you were dying. Write as if you were dying.
Annie Dillard quotes: 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. 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 quotes: You can't test courage cautiously. You can't test courage cautiously.
Annie Dillard quotes: I couldn't unpeach the peaches. I couldn't unpeach the peaches.
Annie Dillard quotes: The soul may ask God for anything, and never fail. The soul may ask God for anything, and never fail.
Annie Dillard quotes: Nothing moves a woman so deeply as the boyhood of the man she loves. Nothing moves a woman so deeply as the boyhood of the man she loves.
Annie Dillard quotes: Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark. Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark.
Annie Dillard quotes: The general rule in nature is that live things are soft within and rigid without. The general rule in nature is that live things are soft within and rigid without.
Annie Dillard quotes: Life by its mere appalling length is a feat of endurance for which you haven't the strength. Life by its mere appalling length is a feat of endurance for which you haven't the strength.
Annie Dillard quotes: The dear, stupid body is as easily satisfied as a spaniel. The dear, stupid body is as easily satisfied as a spaniel.
Annie Dillard quotes: Admire the world for never ending on you as you would an opponent, without taking your eyes away from him, or walking away. Admire the world for never ending on you
as you would an opponent, without taking your eyes away from him, or walking away.
Annie Dillard quotes: Buddhism notes that it is always a mistake to think your soul can go it alone. Buddhism notes that it is always a mistake to think your soul can go it alone.
Annie Dillard quotes: Push it. examine all things intensely and relentlessly. Push it. examine all things intensely and relentlessly.
Annie Dillard quotes: We live half our waking lives and all of our sleeping lives in some private, useless, and insensible waters we never mention or recall. We live half our waking lives and all of our sleeping lives in some private, useless, and insensible waters we never mention or recall.
Annie Dillard quotes: I woke in bits, like all children, piecemeal over the years. I discovered myself and the world, and forgot them, and discovered them again. 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 quotes: Silence is not our heritage but our destiny; we live where we want to live. Silence is not our heritage but our destiny; we live where we want to live.
Annie Dillard quotes: The extravagant gesture is the very stuff of creation. The extravagant gesture is the very stuff of creation.
Annie Dillard quotes: We wake, if we ever wake at all, to mystery, rumors of death, beauty, violence ... We wake, if we ever wake at all, to mystery, rumors of death, beauty, violence ...
Annie Dillard quotes: It is the beginning of a work that the writer throws away. It is the beginning of a work that the writer throws away.
Annie Dillard quotes: 1. Only a total unself-consciousness will permit me to live with myself (202). 1. Only a total unself-consciousness will permit me to live with myself (202).
Annie Dillard quotes: The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart. The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart.
Annie Dillard quotes: I know only enough of God to want to worship him, by any means ready to hand. I know only enough of God to want to worship him, by any means ready to hand.
Annie Dillard quotes: The interior life is often stupid. The interior life is often stupid.
Annie Dillard quotes: Spend the afternoon, you can't take it with you. Spend the afternoon, you can't take it with you.
Annie Dillard quotes: If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn't believe the world existed. If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn't believe the world existed.
Annie Dillard quotes: Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?" Priest: "No, not if you did not know." Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me? Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?" Priest: "No, not if you did not know." Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me?
Annie Dillard quotes: I would like to learn, or remember, how to live. I would like to learn, or remember, how to live.
Annie Dillard quotes: We are most deeply asleep at the switch when we fancy we control any switches at all. We are most deeply asleep at the switch when we fancy we control any switches at all.
Annie Dillard quotes: So live. I'll be the nun for you. I am now. So live. I'll be the nun for you. I am now.
Annie Dillard quotes: A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order - willed, faked, and so brought into being. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order - willed, faked, and so brought into being.
Annie Dillard quotes: Lick a finger: feel the now. Lick a finger: feel the now.
Annie Dillard quotes: The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out. The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.
Annie Dillard quotes: All my books started out as extravagant and ended up pure and plain. All my books started out as extravagant and ended up pure and plain.
Annie Dillard quotes: When I first read the words 'introvert' and 'extrovert' when I was 10, I thought I was both. When I first read the words 'introvert' and 'extrovert' when I was 10, I thought I was both.
Annie Dillard quotes: I woke at intervals until ... the intervals of waking tipped the scales, and I was more often awake than not. I woke at intervals until ... the intervals of waking tipped the scales, and I was more often awake than not.
Annie Dillard quotes: Look upstream. Just simply turn around; have you no will? Look upstream. Just simply turn around; have you no will?
Annie Dillard quotes: Put yourself out of your misery. Put yourself out of your misery.
Annie Dillard quotes: Nothing on earth is more gladdening than knowing we must roll up our sleeves and move back the boundaries of the humanly possible once more. Nothing on earth is more gladdening than knowing we must roll up our sleeves and move back the boundaries of the humanly possible once more.
Annie Dillard quotes: An Eskimo shaman said, "Life's greatest danger lies in the fact that man's food consists entirely of souls". An Eskimo shaman said, "Life's greatest danger lies in the fact that man's food consists entirely of souls".
Annie Dillard quotes: The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind.
Annie Dillard quotes: You can't test courage cautiously, so I ran hard and waved my arms hard, happy. You can't test courage cautiously, so I ran hard and waved my arms hard, happy.
Annie Dillard quotes: It is no less difficult to write a sentence in a recipe than sentences in Moby Dick. So you might as well write Moby Dick. It is no less difficult to write a sentence in a recipe than sentences in Moby Dick. So you might as well write Moby Dick.
Annie Dillard quotes: We still & always want waking. We still & always want waking.
Annie Dillard quotes: 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. 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 quotes: Whenever there is stillness there is the still small voice, God's speaking from the whirlwind, nature's old song, and dance ... Whenever there is stillness there is the still small voice, God's speaking from the whirlwind, nature's old song, and dance ...
Annie Dillard quotes: The more you read, the more you will write. The better the stuff you read, the better the stuff you will write. The more you read, the more you will write. The better the stuff you read, the better the stuff you will write.
Annie Dillard quotes: They dissolved when I tried to inspect them, or dimmed, or slid dizzyingly away, like a ship's stern yawing down the dark lee slope of a wave. They dissolved when I tried to inspect them, or dimmed, or slid dizzyingly away, like a ship's stern yawing down the dark lee slope of a wave.
Annie Dillard quotes: The dedicated life is worth living. You must give your whole heart to whatever you do. The dedicated life is worth living. You must give your whole heart to whatever you do.
Annie Dillard quotes: No one ever said it would be easy No one ever said it would be easy
Annie Dillard quotes: Where is privacy, if not in the mind? Where is privacy, if not in the mind?
Annie Dillard quotes: I had been chipping at the world idly, and had by accident uncovered vast and labyrinthine further worlds within it. I had been chipping at the world idly, and had by accident uncovered vast and labyrinthine further worlds within it.
Annie Dillard quotes: On plenty of days the writer can write three or four pages, and on plenty of other days he concludes he must throw them away. On plenty of days the writer can write three or four pages, and on plenty of other days he concludes he must throw them away.
Annie Dillard quotes: The Pulitzer is more useful than meaningful. The Pulitzer is more useful than meaningful.
Annie Dillard quotes: At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it. At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it.
Annie Dillard quotes: There were no formerly heroic times, and there was no formerly pure generation. There is no one here but us chickens, and so it has always been. There were no formerly heroic times, and there was no formerly pure generation. There is no one here but us chickens, and so it has always been.
Annie Dillard quotes: Novels written with film contracts in mind have a faint but unmistakable, and ruinous, odor. Novels written with film contracts in mind have a faint but unmistakable, and ruinous, odor.
Annie Dillard quotes: If the sore spot is not fatal, if it does not grow and block something, you can use its power for many years, until the heart resorbs it. If the sore spot is not fatal, if it does not grow and block something, you can use its power for many years, until the heart resorbs it.
Annie Dillard quotes: As a life's work, I would remember everything - everything, against loss. I would go through life like a plankton net. As a life's work, I would remember everything - everything, against loss. I would go through life like a plankton net.
Annie Dillard quotes: If I actually believed that the progress of human understanding depended on our crop of contemporary novelists, I would shoot myself. If I actually believed that the progress of human understanding depended on our crop of contemporary novelists, I would shoot myself.
Annie Dillard quotes: I wake expectant, hoping to see a new thing. I wake expectant, hoping to see a new thing.
Annie Dillard quotes: There is always an enormous temptation to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end. There is always an enormous temptation to diddle around making itsy-bitsy friends and meals and journeys for itsy-bitsy years on end.
Annie Dillard quotes: I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam. I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam.
Annie Dillard quotes: Are you living just a little and calling that life? Are you living just a little and calling that life?
Annie Dillard quotes: No one escapes the wilderness on the way to the promised land. No one escapes the wilderness on the way to the promised land.
Annie Dillard quotes: Anything can happen, and anything does; Anything can happen, and anything does;