Annie Dillard

nee Doak) (1945 -

A Quote by Annie Dillard on nature, leaves, deciduous, economic, capitalism, and extravagance

Nature is, above all, profligate. Don't believe them when they tell you how economical and thrifty nature is, whose leaves return to the soil. Wouldn't it be cheaper to leave them on the tree in the first place? This deciduous business alone is a radical scheme, the brainchild of a deranged manic-depressive with limitless capital. Extravagance! Nature will try anything once.

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

Source: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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A Quote by Annie Dillard on discovery, mystery, self, spirit, and universe

The gaps are the thing.  The gaps are the spirit's one home, the altitudes and latitudes so dazzlingly spare and clean that the spirit can discover itself like a once-blind man unbound.  The gaps are the clefts in the rock where you cower to see the back parts of God; they are fissures between mountains and cells the wind lances through, the icy narrowing fiords splitting the cliffs of mystery.  Go up into the gaps.  If you can find them; they shift and vanish too.  Stalk the gaps.  Squeak into a gap in the soil, turn, and unlock--more than a maple--universe.

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

Source: The Little Zen Companion

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A Quote by Annie Dillard on life and mystery

Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery.

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

Source: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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A Quote by Annie Dillard on writing, reading, writers, meaningful, mystery, power, and intelligence

Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so that we may feel again their majesty and power? What do we ever know that is higher than that power which, from time to time, seizes our lives, and reveals us startlingly to ourselves as creatures set down here bewildered?

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

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A Quote by Annie Dillard on boundaries and humanity

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 (nee Doak) (1945 -)

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A Quote by Annie Dillard on spend our days and spend our lives

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

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

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A Quote by Annie Dillard on world, enemy, and admiration

Admire the world for never ending on you as you would admire an opponent, without taking your eyes off him, or walking away.

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

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A Quote by Annie Dillard on history, holocaust, humanity, war, news, current events, bomb, warfare, news, and media

Is it not late?  A late time to be living?  Are not our generations the crucial ones?  For we have changed the world.  Are not our heightened times the important ones?  For we have nuclear bombs.  Are we not especially significant because our century is? - our century and its unique Holocaust, its refugee populations, its serial totalitarian exterminations; our century and its antibiotics, silicon chips, men on the moon, and spliced genes?  No, we are not and it is not.  These times of ours are ordinary times, a slice of life like any other.  Who can bear to hear this, or who will consider it?...
Take away the bomb threat and what are we?  Ordinary beads on a never-ending string.  Our time is a routine twist of an improbable yarn...
There must be something heroic about our time, something that lifts it above all those other times.  Plague?  Funny weather?  Dire things are happening...
Why are we watching the news, reading the news, keeping up with the news?  Only to enforce our fancy - probably a necessary lie - that these are crucial times, and we are in on them.  Newly revealed, and we are in the know: crazy people, bunches of them.  New diseases, shifts in power, floods!  Can the news from dynastic Egypt have been any different?

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

Source: For the Time Being (Vintage), Pages: 30..32

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A Quote by Annie Dillard

Who and of what import were the men whose bones bulk the Great Wall, the thirty million Mao starved, or the thirty million children not yet five who die each year now?  Why, they are the insignificant others, of course; living or dead, they are just some of the plentiful others...

And you?  To what end were we billions of oddballs born?

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

Source: For the Time Being (Vintage), Pages: 159

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A Quote by Annie Dillard on mystery, holiness, and consciousness

We live in all we seek.  The hidden shows up in too-plain sight.  It lives captive on the face of the obvious - the people, events, and things of the day - to which we as sophisticated children have long since become oblivious.  What a hideout: Holiness lies spread and borne over the surface of time and stuff like color.

Annie Dillard (nee Doak) (1945 -)

Source: For the Time Being (Vintage), Pages: 172

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