"As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Annie Dillard on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Annie Dillard on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Annie Dillard on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Annie Dillard on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Annie Dillard on Albert Camus
"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."