"It is ironic that the one thing that all religions recognize as separating us from our creator, our very self-consciousness, is also the one thing that divides us from our fellow creatures. It was a bitter birthday present from evolution."
"God gave us the gift of life it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."Annie Dillard on Voltaire
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."Annie Dillard on Oprah Winfrey
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."Annie Dillard on Jim Valvano
"I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity."Annie Dillard on Eleanor Roosevelt
"The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance."Annie Dillard on Brian Tracy
"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."