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
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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

2 comments:

Glynn said...

Beautiful quote.

nance.mdr said...

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