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Annie Dillard, essayist, novelist

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. 
Annie Dillard

 

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Quote from Marilynne Robinson’s book of essays: Death of Adam

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   In her essay entitled Psalm Eight, Marilynne Robinson writes, “I have spent my life watching, not to see beyond the world, merely to see, great mystery, what is plainly before my eyes. I think the concept of transcendence is based on a misreading of creation. With all respect to heaven, the scene of the miracle is here, among us. The eternal as an idea is much less preposterous than time, and this very fact should seize our attention.”

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“Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average eyes would see as fixed and still.”  Rumi, Persian poet, 1207 to 1273.  

 I think often of the saying, “Landscape is character.” Chekhov, perhaps. How does landscape affect your characters or writing?

 

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From Marguerite Yourcenar, who wrote the classic Memoirs of Hadrian – 

“Since man, fragment of the universe, is governed by the same laws that preside over the heavens, it is by no means absurd to search there for the themes of our lives, for those frigid sympathies that participate in our achievements as well as our blunderings.”

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