Sunday, April 6, 2014

Thought for the Day

Like it or not, we come to life in the middle of stories
that are not ours. The way to knowledge, and self-knowledge,
is through pilgrimage. We imitate our way to the truth, finding
our lives — saving them — in the process. Then we pass it on.
~ Paul Elie, American Writer and Editor

Quoted from Elie's The Life You Save Might Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003) (My thanks to Onbeing blog, where I first read this quote and liked it so much I wanted to share it.)

Elie's other books include Reinventing Bach (FSG, 2012), What Flannery Knew: Catholic Writing for a Critical Age (2008), and A Man for All Reasons (2007).

Interview with Paul Elie at The Days of Yore, 2010


Glynn said...

Beautiful quote.

nance.mdr said...

In the middle of stories that we so little they are not ours. Even though they seem like they should be ours.