“You can’t test courage cautiously.”

Annie Dillard Courage Quote

“There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.”

Annie Dillard Nature Quote

“The surest sign of age is loneliness.”

“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.”

“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 Age Quote

“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.”

“Buddhism notes that it is always a mistake to think your soul can go it alone.”

Annie Dillard Loneliness Quote

“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.”

Annie Dillard Birthday Quote

“I would like to learn or remember how to live.”

Annie Dillard Education Quote

“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 God Quote

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

Annie Dillard Beauty Quote

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

Annie Dillard Imagination Quote

“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.”

Annie Dillard Time Quote