"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."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."Annie Dillard on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."Annie Dillard on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."Annie Dillard on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Annie Dillard on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."Annie Dillard on Marilyn Monroe
"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."
"Buddhism notes that it is always a mistake to think your soul can go it alone."
"As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker."