"I am grateful for all those dark years, even though in retrospect they seem like a long, bitter prayer that was answered finally."
—Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
"What would Flannery O'Connor do?"
"Singing seems to soothe a troubled soul."
"Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there."
—Dr. Norman Peale
"I want to write like Emmylou sings. OK, I want to sing like her, too."
"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."
"I must admit that I had not before imagined prayer to be the very core of my work. But it turns out that it is."