Today I thought I'd share some of my favorite Annie Dillard quotes with you, because she is so very quotable.
"We sleep in time's hurdy-gurdy; we wake, if we ever wake, to the silence of God. And then, when we wake to the deep shores of time uncreated, then when the dazzling dark breaks over the far slopes of time, then it's time to toss things, like our reason, and our will; then it's time to break our necks for home. There are no events, but thoughts and the heart's slow turning, the heart's slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip, and tales for other times."
- Holy the Firm
I'm not exactly sure what this quote is getting at, but I like how it sounds, especially the last part about the heart. To me, that part means that the most important thing in life is figuring out who and what deserves your love and attention. Also, if you haven't read Holy the Firm, I would recommend it.
That one is my favorite of hers, but here are a few others I like:
"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives"
"Spend the afternoon, you can't take it with you."
“Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.”
-The Writing Life
“He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write. He is careful of what he learns, for that is what he will know.”
“There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by. A life of good days lived in the senses is not enough. The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of the spirit requires less and less; time is ample and its passage sweet. Who would call a day spent reading a good day? But a life spent reading -- that is a good life.”
- The Writing Life