Quotable: Marilynne Robinson – Gilead, take 2

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Blog | 2 comments


Last week we looked at some quotes from Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer prize winning novel Gilead. The book is a fictional series of reflections by dying clergyman, John Ames, to his seven year old son. It is filled with wisdom, and is a celebration of life. Here are some more reflections from the book…

  • I think the attempt to defend belief can unsettle it, in fact, because there is always an inadequacy in argument about ultimate things. Marilynne Robinson
  • Any human face is a claim on you, because you can’t help but understand the singularity of it, the courage and loneliness of it. Marilynne Robinson
  • I’ll pray, and then I’ll sleep. Marilynne Robinson
  • And often enough, when we think we are protecting ourselves, we are struggling against our rescuer. Marilynne Robinson
  • When you encounter another person, when you have dealings with anyone at all, it is as if a question is being put to you. So you must think, What is the Lord asking of me in this moment, in this situation. Marilynne Robinson

As always, nice chatting…


  1. I think I need to read this lady!

    • It’s a wonderful, thought provoking read. I haven’t read her other books but plan to.

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