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    Routine is worry's sly assassin.
    — Leif Enger
    It is one thing to say you're at war with this whole world and stick your chest out believing it, but when the world shows up with it's crushing numbers and its predatory knowledge, it is another thing completely.
    — Leif Enger
    tags: world  war 
     
    My sister, Swede, who often sees to the nub, offered this: People fear miracles because they fear being changed-though ignoring them will change you also. Swede said another thing, too, and it rang in me like a bell: No miracle happens without a witness. Someone to declare, Here's what I saw. Here's how it went. Make of it what you will.
    — Leif Enger
    tags: fear  people  miracle 
     
    Be careful whom you choose to hate. The small and the vulnerable own a protection great enough, if you could but see it, to melt you into jelly. Beware those who reside beneath the shadow of the Wings.
    — Leif Enger
    tags: hate  wings  protection 
     
    We and the world, my children, will always be at war. Retreat is impossible. Arm yourselves.
    — Leif Enger
    It is one thing to be sick of your own infirmities and another to understand that the people you love most are sick of them also. You are very near then to being friendless in the world.
    — Leif Enger
    tags: people  world 
     
    So thoughtlessly we sling on our destinies.
    — Leif Enger
    Let me say something about that word: miracle. For too long it's been used to characterize things or events that, though pleasant, are entirely normal. Peeping chicks at Easter time, spring generally, a clear sunrise after an overcast week-a miracle, people say, as if they've been educated from greeting cards.
    — Leif Enger
    tags: time  people  miracle 
     
    Hope is like yeast, you know, rising under warmth.
    — Leif Enger
    tags: hope 
     
    Pride is the rope God allows us all.
    — Leif Enger
    tags: god  pride 
     
    You can embark on new and steeper versions of your old sins, you know, and cry tears while doing it that are genuine as any.
    — Leif Enger
    tags: tears  sin 
     
    I remember it as October days are always remembered, cloudless, maple-flavored, the air gold and so clean it quivers.
    — Leif Enger
    Real miracles bother people, like strange sudden pains unknown in medical literature. It's true: They rebut every rule all we good citizens take comfort in. Lazarus obeying orders and climbing up out of the grave - now there's a miracle, and you can bet it upset a lot of folks who were standing around at the time. When a person dies, the earth is generally unwilling to cough him back up. A miracle contradicts the will of the earth.
    — Leif Enger
    Fair is whatever God wants to do.
    — Leif Enger
    tags: god 
     
    Sometimes heroism is nothing more than patience, curiosity, and a refusal to panic.
    — Leif Enger
    Love is a strange fact - it hopes all things, believes all things, endures all things. It makes no sense at all.
    — Leif Enger
    tags: believe  facts  hope 
     
    Fresh peach pie can lift a bullying reprobate into apologetic courtesy; I have watched it happen.
    — Leif Enger
    Good advice is a wise man's friend, of course; but sometimes it just flies on past, and all you can do is wave.
    — Leif Enger
    tags: past  friends  advice  wise 
     
    Once in my life I knew a grief so hard I could actually hear it inside, scraping at the lining of my stomach, an audible ache, dredging with hooks as rivers are dredged when someone's been missing too long. I have to think my mother felt something like that.
    — Leif Enger
    tags: grief  mother  missing 
     
    You can't kill history. You can't shoot it with a bullet and watch it recede into whatever lies outside of memory. History is tougher than that-if it's going to die, it has to die on its own
    — Leif Enger
    tags: memory  lies  die 
     
    Once torched by truth...a little thing like faith is easy.
    — Leif Enger
    tags: faith 
     
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