Annie Dillard quotes

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Cruelty is a mystery, and the waste of pain. But if we describe a word to compass these things, a world that is a long, brute game ...
No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing.... ...
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 ...
When I was quite young I fondly imagined that all foreign languages were codes for English. I thought that "hat," say, was the rea ...
It is the fixed that horrifies us, the fixed that assails us with the tremendous force of mindlessness. The fixed is a Mason jar, ...
It is ironic that the one thing that all religions recognize as separating us from our creator--our very self-consciousness--is al ...
The point of the dragonfly's terrible lip, the giant water bug, birdsong, or the beautiful dazzle and flash of sunlighted minnows, ...
In general the newly sighted see the world as a dazzle of color-patches. They are pleased by the sensation of color, and learn qui ...
I don't know what it is about fecundity that so appalls. I suppose it is the teeming evidence that birth and growth, which we valu ...
The creeks ... are an active mystery, fresh every minute. Theirs is the mystery of continuous creation and all that providence imp ...
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