Sunday Quotes: Marilynne Robinson

In the spirit of Sabbath, rest, God and all things wonderful, I want to take a moment each week to share a quote from literature, music, speeches, Tweets, etc etc that have been of some inspiration to me over the previous six days. My hope and prayer is that these are of some value to all of you, though if they are not …then, well, I tried.

Happy Sunday everyone!

“I feel sometimes as if I were a child who opens its eyes on the world once and sees amazing things it will never know any names for and then has to close it’s eyes again. I know this is all mere apparition compared to what awaits us, but it is only lovelier for that. There is a human beauty in it. And I can’t believe that, when we have all been changed and put on incorruptibility, we will forget our fantastic condition of mortality and impermanence, the great bright dream of procreating and perishing that meant the whole world to us. In eternity, this world will be Troy, I believe, and all that has passed here will be the epic of the universe, the ballad they sing in the streets. Because I don’t imagine any reality putting this one in the shade entirely, and I think piety forbids me to try.”

-Marilynne Robinson; Gilead



7 thoughts on “Sunday Quotes: Marilynne Robinson

  1. That’s a lovely quotation. I’ve been meaning start reading Marilynne Robinson’s fiction forever. Have read an essay collection and it was very good. She’s a wonderful writer and sharp thinker too.

      1. The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought

        It’s a great collection; very well written with some challenging insights. It leans a tad liberal and Calvinist (I am neither) but her prose is gorgeous and there is much to love. I think she has a few others (*Absence of Mind*, *When I Was A Child I Read Books*, maybe others) but I have not gotten to them yet. *Gilead* is first in line.

      2. P.S. I started my blog! I’ll finally have something else to use this account for than comment on yours, haha (not that that will stop).

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