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An Eternal Story Happening Partly In Time

“But I feel that I have lived on the edge even of my own life. I have made plans enough, but I see now that I have never lived by plan. Any more than if I had been a bystander watching me live my life, I don’t feel that I ever have been quite sure what was going on. Nearly everything that has happened to me has happened by surprise. All the important things have happened by surprise. And whatever has been happening usually has already happened before I have had time to expect it. The world doesn’t stop because you are in love or in mourning or in need of time to think. And so when I have thought I was in my story or in charge of it, I really have been only on the edge of it, carried along. Is this because we are in an eternal story that is happening partly in time?”

Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow

Quoted in “Fiction and The Big Picture,” a post by Robert Sagers.


You can, as I indicated earlier this week, get this fine book in audio format for a mere $5 from Christianaudio. Or get it from The Rabbit Room to read in the traditional fashion. It’s another excellent read from Mr. Berry.

One Comment

  1. What a great quote. So very true.

    I find this to be true of the creative process as well. When I’m writing or creating music, feel more like I’m discovering something that was already there, rather than bringing something new into existence. The only role I played in its appearance is that I kept diligently searching for it.

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