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Annie Dillard
(1945-____) born on
Apr 30
US author. She won a Pulitzer prize for "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek", 1975.
The sense impressions of one-celled animals are not edited for the brain. This is philosophically interesting in a rather mournful way, since it means that only the simplest animals perceive the universe as it is.

The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit, till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff.
The body of literature, with its limits and edges, exists outside some people and inside others. Only after the writer lets literature shape her can she perhaps shape literature.
I don't know what it is about fecundity that so appalls. I suppose it is the teeming evidence that birth and growth, which we value, are ubiquitous and blind, that life itself is so astonishingly cheap, that nature is as careless as it is bountiful . . .
I noticed this process of waking, and predicted with terrifying logic that one of these years not far away I would be awake continuously and never slip back, and never be free of myself again.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek," ch. 7, 1974.
R: In "The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations," by Robert Andrews, 1989
A: In "Words of Women Quotations for Success," by Power Dynamics Publishing, 1997.
N: "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek," ch. 10, 1974.
K: "An American Childhood."

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