Annie Dillard's Quotes
Biography of Annie Dillard
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.Tags: Artist, Artists, Name
I can't dance anymore. Total knee replacements. I can't do anything anymore.Tags: Anymore, Dance, Total
I woke in bits, like all children, piecemeal over the years. I discovered myself and the world, and forgot them, and discovered them again.Tags: Again, Children, Woke
If you're going to publish a book, you probably are going to make a fool of yourself.Tags: Book, Fool, Yourself
It's a little silly to finally learn how to write at this age. But I long ago realized I was secretly sincere.Tags: Age, Learn, Write
Our family was on the lunatic fringe. My mother was always completely irrepressible. My father made crowd noises into a microphone.Tags: Family, Father, Mother
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.Tags: Hard, Living, Mind
The writer studies literature, not the world. He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write.Tags: Literature, Write, Writer
When I teach, I preach. I thump the Bible. I exhort my students morally. I talk to them about the dedicated life.Tags: Bible, Life, Talk
There is a certain age at which a child looks at you in all earnestness and delivers a long, pleased speech in all the true inflections of spoken English, but with not one recognizable syllable.Tags: Age, Child, True
I noticed this process of waking, and predicted with terrifying logic that one of these years not far away I would be awake continuously and never slip back, and never be free of myself again.Tags: Again, Away, Free
People love pretty much the same things best. A writer looking for subjects inquires not after what he loves best, but after what he alone loves at all.Tags: Alone, Best, Love
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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?'Tags: God, Hell, Why
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.Tags: Both, Days, Time
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.Tags: Aim, Past, Wood
The painter... does not fit the paints to the world. He most certainly does not fit the world to himself. He fits himself to the paint. The self is the servant who bears the paintbox and its inherited contents.Tags: Fit, Himself, Self
As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.Tags: Beauty, Love, Religion
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.Tags: Belief, Keep, Work
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.Tags: Flowers, Perfect, Rock
You are wrong if you think that you can in any way take the vision and tame it to the page. The page is jealous and tyrannical; the page is made of time and matter; the page always wins.Tags: Jealous, Time, Wrong
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.Tags: Body, Culture, Six
Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark.Tags: Dark, Memory, Wants
Buddhism notes that it is always a mistake to think your soul can go it alone.Tags: Alone, Mistake, Soul
There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.Tags: Energy, Nature, Spiritual
There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by.Tags: Good, Hard, Lives
It is ironic that the one thing that all religions recognize as separating us from our creator, our very self-consciousness, is also the one thing that divides us from our fellow creatures. It was a bitter birthday present from evolution.Tags: Birthday, Bitter, Present
As a life's work, I would remember everything - everything, against loss. I would go through life like a plankton net.Tags: Life, Remember, Work
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.Tags: Best, Grace, Writing
Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.Tags: Book, Excitement, Writer