Annie Dillard
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"Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction}}1975 – Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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"Annie Dillard" is an American author, best known for her narrative prose in both fiction and non-fiction. She has published works of poetry, essays, prose, and literary criticism, as well as two novels and one memoir. Her 1974 work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Dillard taught for 21 years in the English department of Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut.

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

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. There is no way you can tell the child that if language had been a melody, he had mastered it and done well, but that since it was in fact a sense, he had botched it utterly.

I would like to learn, or remember, how to live.

Because how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

A schedule defends from chaos and whim.

It could be that our faithlessness is a cowering cowardice born of our very smallness, a massive failure of imagination... If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn't believe the world existed.

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

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

The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit, till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff.

You can't test courage cautiously.

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.