17 Best Annie Dillard Quotes

17 Best Annie Dillard Quotes

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Annie Dillard is an author from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is most known for her works of poetry and non fiction publications. Some of her most famous works of literature are Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, The Maytrees, and Mornings Like This. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975. She is currently 69 years old and continues to write.

“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.”

“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.”

“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?’”

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

“I can’t dance anymore. Total knee replacements. I can’t do anything anymore.”

“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 worked so hard all my life, and all I want to do now is read.”

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

“I’m a housewife: I spend far more time on housework than anything else.”

“Like any child, I slid into myself perfectly fitted, as a diver meets her reflection in a pool. Her fingertips enter the fingertips on the water, her wrists slide up her arms. The diver
wraps herself in her reflection wholly, sealing it at the toes, and wears it as she climbs rising from the pool, and ever after.”

“The dedicated life is worth living. You must give with your whole heart.”

“There are no events but thoughts and the heart’s hard turning, the heart’s slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip, and tales for other times.”

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

“When I first read the words ‘introvert’ and ‘extrovert’ when I was 10, I thought I was both.”

“Write about winter in the summer.”

“Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew
you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?”

“You can’t test courage cautiously.”