A Random Selection of Underlined Quotes in My Copy of Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

  1. "You are God. You want to make a forest, something to hold the soil, lock up solar energy, and give off oxygen. Wouldn't it be simpler just to rough in a slab of chemicals, a green acre of goo?" (352)
  2. "What I call innocence is the spirit's unselfconscious state at any moment of pure devotion to any object" (328).
  3. "much later in the day came a long slant of light that means good walking" (282).
  4. "You know you're alive. You take huge steps, trying to feel the planet's roundness arc between your feet" (283).
  5. "Then maybe we all could see color patches too, the world unraveled from reason, Eden before Adam gave names" (305).
  6. "Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery" (364).
  7. "The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there" (287).