Marilynne Robinson’s Advice to Her Students

But all we really know about what we are is what we do.  There is a tendency to fit a tight and awkward carapace of definition over humankind, and to try to trim the living creature to fit the dead shell.  The advice I give my students is the same advice I give myself–forget definition, forget assumption, watch.

From “Freedom of Thought” in When I Was A Child, I Read Books

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