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Annie Dillard Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Annie Dillard.

How we spend our days is of course
how we spend our lives.
- Annie Dillard

Related topics: Wisdom

I would like to learn, or remember, how to live.
- Annie Dillard

There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding
to the spiritual energy of wind.
- Annie Dillard

The surest sign of age is loneliness.
- Annie Dillard

 

There is no shortage of good days.
It is good lives that are hard to come by.
- Annie Dillard

The dedicated life is worth living.
You must give with your whole heart.
- Annie Dillard

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

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Spend the afternoon.
You can't take it with you.
- Annie Dillard

You can't test courage cautiously.
- Annie Dillard

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

People love pretty much the same things best.
A writer looking for subject inquires not after what he loves best,
but after what he alone loves at all.
- Annie Dillard

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

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.
- Annie Dillard

Your work is to keep cranking the flywheel that turns
the gears that spin the belt in the engine of belief
that keeps you and your desk in midair.
- Annie Dillard

The writer studies literature, not the world.
He is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write.
- Annie Dillard

I woke in bits, like all children, piecemeal over the years.
I discovered myself and the world, and forgot them,
and discovered them again.
- Annie Dillard

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.
- Annie Dillard

I noticed this process of waking, and predicted with
terrifying logic that one of these years not far away
I would be awake continuously and never slip back,
and never be free of myself again.
- Annie Dillard

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

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

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

Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetic flowers.
They lengthened and spread, added plane to plane in
an awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even stones -
maybe only the stones -
understood.
- Annie Dillard

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

The painter...
does not fit the paints to the world.
He most certainly does not fit the world to himself.
He fits himself to the paint.
The self is the servant who bears the paintbox and its inherited contents.
- Annie Dillard

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.
- Saint Bartholomew

Today, I Will Spend Time In Silence.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude.
Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves,
and spend without fear of bankruptcy.
- Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

Too many people spend money they haven't earned,
to buy things they don't want,
to impress people they don't like.
- Will Rogers

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil.
If they would only expend the same
amount of energy loving their fellow men,
the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
- Helen Keller

Spend some time alone every day.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Keep close to Nature's heart...
and break clear away, once in awhile,
and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.
Wash your spirit clean.
- John Muir

If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm,
you'll never enjoy the sunshine.
- Morris West

Yesterday is a canceled check;
tomorrow is a
promissory note;
today is the only cash you have;
so spend it wisely.
- Kay Lyons

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

Many people allow their need
for other people's approval to control their lives.
They spend their lives worrying about what others think of them.
- Rick Warren

To a very young child, mommy and daddy are gods.
We spend our lives looking to regain
that sense of being cared for and protected.
Thus religion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

Whenever I date a guy, I think,
"Is this the man I want my children
to spend their weekends with?"
- Rita Rudner

While most managers spend their time attempting
to predict the future accurately -
and while that's valuable -
the best managers are able to generate a future
which was not going to happen otherwise -
that is, a future which was not predictable.
- Werner Erhard

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
- Lana Turner

Most of us spend our lives as if
we have another one in the bank.
- Ben Irwin

Marriages don't last. When I meet a guy,
the first question I ask myself is:
is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?
- Rita Rudner

A liberal is a man who is willing to spend somebody else's money.
- Carter Glass

It's a terribly hard job to spend a billion dollars
and get your money's worth.
- George M. Humphrey

While you can and should keep your composure and happiness
regardless of circumstances - regardless of your friends,
family and co-workers - regardless of gossip, sarcasm, and negativity.
Nonetheless, life is much easier and more pleasant
when you spend as much time as possible
in the company of enthusiastic positive people -
not necessarily those who agree with you,
but those who respect your right to your point of view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A nation that continues year after year
to spend more money on military defense
than on programs of social uplift
is approaching spiritual doom.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do more than is required.
What is the distance between someone who achieves their
goals consistently and those who spend their lives
and careers merely following? The extra mile.
- Gary Ryan Blair

Never spend your money before you have earned it.
- Thomas Jefferson

You need to eat normally and healthfully,
and you need to exercise.
I'm so passionate about this because I think people
spend their lives not happy in their bodies.
- Courtney Thorne Smith

There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
- Christopher Morley

If we spend the time we waste in sighing
for the perfect golden fruit
in fulfilling the conditions of its growth,
happiness will come, must come.
It is guaranteed in the very laws of the universe.
If it involves some chastening and renunciation, well,
the fruit will be all the sweeter for this touch of holiness.
- Helen Keller

I often buy myself presents.
Sometimes I will spend $100,000 in one day in a posh boutique.
- Celine Dion

I don't spend much money on clothes;
I never did.
- Lauren Hutton

Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress;
when I get tired of one,
I spend the night with the other.
- Anton Chekhov

Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The 1st Amendment protects the right to speak,
not the right to spend.
- Byron White

Spend some time this weekend on home improvement;
improve your attitude toward your family.
- Bo Bennett

There's a lot of people in this world who spend so
much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it.
- Josh Billings

You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball
and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.
- Jim Bouton

Time is the coin of your life.
It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.
Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
- Carl Sandburg

Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money
they don't have for something they don't need.
- Will Rogers

Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly,
you blink and they're gone, and you have to spend the time with them now.
But that's a joy.
- Liam Neeson

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat.
There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra
three years in the geriatric ward.
- John Mortimer

I think everyone should go to college and get a degree
and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver.
Then they would really be educated.
- Al McGuire

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
- William James

It is your own life, certainly, to spend as you choose.
- Tanya, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt.
- Daniel Hannan

The best money advice ever given me was from my father.
When I was a little girl, he told me,
'Don't spend anything unless you have to.'
- Dinah Shore


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