Life According to Marilynne Robinson

By Samra Khawaja
Marilynne Robinson sitting on a chair and talking to an audience.
Marilynne Robinson. Photo credit: Christian Scott Heinen Bell/ Wikimedia Commons
To say NEA Big Read author Marilynne Robinson is well-known in the world of literature is an understatement. With numerous recognitions and honors to her name such as a 2012 National Humanities Medal, 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and National Book Critics Circle Award for Gilead, Robinson invites readers to dig into both her fiction and nonfiction writing. The Paris Review describes her work as “celebrations of humans,” while Robinson admits herself how the characters she creates leave her with a sense of longing for more. Take a look inside one of the most creative minds of our time with this collection of quotes.
Quote graphic that reads, This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
Quote graphic that reads, You build your mind, so make it into something you want to live with. Marilynne Robinson
Quote graphic that reads, We are part of a mystery, a splendid mystery within which we must attempt to orient ourselves if we are to have a sense of our own nature. Marilynne Robinson, On Beauty
Quote graphic that reads, There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, every one of them sufficient. Marilynne Robinson
Quote graphic that reads, For me writing has always felt like praying even when I wasn't writing prayers. Marilynne Robinson
Quote that reads, Fact explains nothing. On the contrary, it is fact that requires explanation. Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping