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Annie Dillard

A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It i

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.
Posted 5 months ago

The dedicated life is the life worth living.

The dedicated life is the life worth living.
Posted 5 months ago

Somewhere and I can't find where I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked

Somewhere and I can't find where I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest 'If I did not know about God and sin would I go to hell?' 'No' said the priest 'not if you did not know.' 'Then why ' asked the Eskimo earnestly 'd
Posted 5 months ago

The question was not death; living things die. It was love. Not that we die

The question was not death; living things die. It was love. Not that we died, but what we cared wildly, then deeply, for one person out of billions. We bound ourselves to the fickle, changing, and dying as if they were rock.
Posted 5 months ago

The question was not death; living things die. It was love. Not that we die

The question was not death; living things die. It was love. Not that we died, but that we cared wildly, then deeply, for one person out of billions. We bound ourselves to the fickle, changing, and dying as if they were rock.
Posted 5 months ago

When we lose our innocence - when we start feeling the weight of the atmosp

When we lose our innocence - when we start feeling the weight of the atmosphere and learn that there's death in the pot - we take leave of our sense.
Posted 5 months ago

Innocence is a better world.

Innocence is a better world.
Posted 5 months ago

In working-class France, when an apprentice got hurt, or when he got tired,

In working-class France, when an apprentice got hurt, or when he got tired, the experienced workers said "It is the trade entering his body.
Posted 5 months ago

It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that h

It is dire poverty indeed when a man is so malnourished and fatigued that he won't stoop to pick up a penny. But if you cultivate a healthy poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact plan
Posted 5 months ago

Geography is the key, the crucial accident of birth. A piece of protein cou

Geography is the key, the crucial accident of birth. A piece of protein could be a snail, a sea lion, or a systems analyst, but it had to start somewhere. This is not science; it is merely metaphor. And the landscape in which the protein "starts" shapes i
Posted 5 months ago

We still and always want waking. We should amass half dressed in long lines

We still and always want waking. We should amass half dressed in long lines like tribesmen and shake gourds at each other, to wake up; instead we watch television and miss the show.
Posted 5 months ago

Writing every book, the writer must solve two problems: Can it be done? and

Writing every book, the writer must solve two problems: Can it be done? and, Can I do it? Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.
Posted 5 months ago