‘Build Your Wings on the Way Down’

Annie Dillard: “If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.”

Update: Seems like this quote might be from Ray Bradbury, not Annie Dillard. Can anyone find a precise citation for this?

Update 2: More sources pointing to Bradbury, including an interview with the Brown Daily Herald in 1995, but most aren’t in the exact same form as the above.

Monday, 1 October 2007