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The Living The Living by Annie Dillard
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“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”
Annie Dillard, The Living
“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. She read books as one would breathe ether, to sink in and die.”
Annie Dillard, The Living
“Naturally society cherished itself alone; it prized what everyone agreed was precious, despised what everyone agreed was despicable, and ignored what no one mentioned-all to it's own enhancement, and with the loud view that these bubbles and vapors were eternal and universal. If June had stressed to Mabel that she was going to die, would she have learned to eat with a fork? Society's loyal members, having sacrificed their only lives to it's caprices, hastened to entrap the next generation into agreement, so their follies would not have been in vain and they could all go down together, blind and well turned out. The company, the club, and the party had offered him a position like bait, and he bit. He had embedded himself in the company like a man bricked into a wall, and whirled with the building's maps, files, and desks,senselessly, as the planet spun and death pooled on the cold basement floors. Who could blame him?- when people have always lived so. Now , however, he saw the city lifted away, and the bricks and files vaporized; he saw the preenings of men laid low, and the comforts of family scattered. He was free and loosed on the black beach.”
Annie Dillard, The Living
“How loose he seemed to himself, under the stars! The spaces between the stars were pores, out of which human meaning evaporated.”
Annie Dillard, The Living
“How we spend our days, is how we spend our lives”
Anne Dillard, The Living
“No child on earth was ever meant to be ordinary, and you can see it in them, and they know it, too, but then the times get to them, and they wear out their brains learning what folks expect, and spend their strength trying to rise over those same folks.”
Annie Dillard, The Living
“When, over the following months, Minta Randall found that Eustace apparently reciprocated her profoundest and most secret feelings, she thought she had never lived before, or knew what life could hold, or what absolute power one heart could exert upon another. She perceived no trace, fossil, or echo of this wild sensation anywhere around her, and concluded that she and Eustace had invented it together, which would be, she thought, just like them.”
Annie Dillard, The Living
“How we spend our days is,how we spend our lives.”
Annie Dillard, The Living
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“She reads as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”
Anne Dillard, The Living