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Annie Dillard Quotes

"Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you."

"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."

"You can't test courage cautiously."

"There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind."
Nature

"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."

"Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark."

"Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles."

"The surest sign of age is loneliness."

"It could be that our faithlessness is a cowering cowardice born of our very smallness, a massive failure of imagination... If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn't believe the world existed."

"The mind itself is an art object. It is a Mondrian canvas onto whose homemade grids it fits its own preselected products. Our knowledge is contextual and only contextual. Ordering and invention coincide: we call their collaboration knowledge."

"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?""
Religion

"As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker."

"As a life's work, I would remember everything - everything, against loss. I would go through life like a plankton net."

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