"As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Annie Dillard on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Annie Dillard on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Annie Dillard on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Annie Dillard on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Annie Dillard on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"The surest sign of age is loneliness."
"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."
"It's a little silly to finally learn how to write at this age. But I long ago realized I was secretly sincere."
"People love pretty much the same things best. A writer looking for subjects inquires not after what he loves best, but after what he alone loves at all."
"Buddhism notes that it is always a mistake to think your soul can go it alone."