"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."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."Annie Dillard on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."Annie Dillard on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."Annie Dillard on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."Annie Dillard on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."Annie Dillard on Robert Frost
"The surest sign of age is loneliness."
"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."
"As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker."