Annie Dillard

Given with pizzazz

This, then, is the extravagant landscape of the world, given, given with pizzazz, given in good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.

~ Annie Dillard in PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
By Annie Dillard

The secret of seeing is, then, the pearl of great price

The secret of seeing is, then, the pearl of great price... But although the pearl may be found, it may not be sought... I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam.

~ Annie Dillard in PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK

Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery

Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle, curved tunnels of leaf miners on the face of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what's going on here. Then we can at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness, or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise.

~ from PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK by Annie Dillard

Our life is a faint tracing

Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery.

~ by Annie Dillard

Faint racing on the surface of mystery

Our life is a faint racing on the surface of mystery.

~ Annie Dillard

Silence is the blended note of then thousand things

The silence is all there is. It is the alpha and the omega. It is God's brooding over the face of the waters; it is the blended note of the ten thousand things, the whine of wings. You take a step in the right direction to pray to this silence, and even to address the prayer to "World." Distinctions blur. Quiet your tents. Pray without ceasing.

~ from TEACHING A STONE TO TALK by Annie Dillard

Now I will stop and be wholly attentive

At a certain point you say to the woods, to the sea, to the mountains, the world: Now I am ready. Now I will stop and be wholly attentive. You empty yourself and wait, listening ... you wait, you give your life's length to listening.

~ from TEACHING A STONE TO TALK by Annie Dillard
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