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Anne Lamott Quote: “And that almost everyone was struggling to wake up, to be loved, and not feel so afraid all the time. That’s what the cars, degrees, booze, and drugs were about.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Into every life crap will fall. Most of us do as well as possible, and some of it works okay, and we try to release that which doesn’t and which is never going to.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Living on Earth has always been a dangerous way to spend your time.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Like the Buddha and Jesus, who knew they couldn’t control our lives, but could infuse lives with their selves, we have been graced with a few people.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “For too long, and despite what people told me, I had fallen for what the culture said about beauty, youth, features, heights, weights, hair textures, upper arms.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “In fact, there’s really only one thing that everything’s made of; it’s energy.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Vonnegut said, “When I write, I feel like an armless legless man with a crayon in his mouth.” So.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I’d like to learn to meditate with more enthusiasm. I can sit down and get quiet for 20 minutes, but it just has not been a part of my Christianity at all.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I’m one of those religious people who are afraid of everything. I’m instantly worried about everything that could go wrong.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I have been somebody who has not written a great deal about the truth of my family’s life.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Astonishing material and revelation appear in our lives all the time. Let it be. Unto us, so much is given. We just have to be open for business.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I accidentally forgot to graduate from college.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “What if we gave fifty percent of our discretionary budget to the world’s poor and then counted on the moral power of that action to protect us?”
Anne Lamott Quote: “If the present is really all we have, then the present lasts forever.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Now she and I sit together in her room and eat chocolate, and I tell her that in a very long time when we both to go heaven, we should try to get chairs next to each other, close to the dessert table.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “But you can’t get to any of these truths by sitting in a field smiling beatifically, avoiding your anger and damage and grief. Your anger and damage and grief are the way to the truth. We don’t have much truth to express unless we have gone into those rooms and closets and woods and abysses that we were told not go in to. When we have gone in and looked around for a long while, just breathing and finally taking it in – then we will be able to speak in our own voice and to stay in the present moment. And that moment is home.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “This is a hard planet, and we’re a vulnerable species. And all I can do is pray: Help. When.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “God has smiled on me, He has set me free.” For us to acknowledge that we have been set free from toxic dependency, from crippling obsession or guilt, that we have been graced with the ability finally to forgive someone, is just plain astonishing.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Mattie sat at the table, obsessing, orbiting around herself. She was sick of her worried, hostile mind. It would have killed her long before, she felt, if it hadn’t needed the transportation.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “That’s what’s so touching about weddings: Two people fall in love, and decide to see if their love might stand up over time, if there might be enough grace and forgiveness and memory lapses to help the whole shebang hang together.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Rumi: “Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I went to church with my grandparents sometimes and I loved it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “And what a wonderful relief every so often to know who the enemy is – because in the garden, the enemy is everything: the aphids, the weather, time. And so you pour yourself into it, care so much, and see up close so much birth and growth and beauty and danger and triumph – and then everything dies anyway, right? But you just keep doing it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Your job is to present clearly your viewpoint, your line of vision. Your job is to see people as they really are, and to do this, you have to know who you are in the most compassionate possible sense.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Alice Adams wrote a sweet note to me after my first novel came out when I was 26, and I was so blown away that I sent her a bunch of stamps by return mail. I have no idea what I was thinking. It was a star-struck impulse.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Needless to say, there was no one around remotely fitting the description of a normal person: I was at a writing conference.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Being a writer is part of a noble tradition, as is being a musician – the last egalitarian and open associations. No matter what happens in terms of fame and fortune, dedication to writing is a marching-step forward from where you were before, when you didn’t care about reaching out to the world, when you weren’t hoping to contribute, when you were just standing there doing some job into which you had fallen.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Will call him a she when the pee-pee is gone. Says “Brave is to endure stares, jeers, prejudice. He won’t.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “How do you begin? The answer is simple: you decide to.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Everything takes me forever. It’s all lurch, flail. I hope that is good news to you writers.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My experience as a writer is that you really do write seven and eight pages to find the paragraph you were after all along.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Periods in the wilderness or desert were not lost time. You might find life, wildflowers, fossils, sources of water. I wish there were shortcuts to wisdom and self-knowledge: cuter abysses or three-day spa wilderness experiences. Sadly, it doesn’t work that way. I so resent this.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I suddenly have two stomachs – a regular tummy and another one below that, which I call the subcontinent. This older body is both amazingly healthy and a big disappointment.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The pain does grow less acute, but the insidious palace lie that we will get over crushing loses means that our emotional GPS can never find true north, as it is based on maps that no longer mention the most important places we have been to. page 40.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I honestly think that in order to be a writer you have to learn to be reverent. If not, why are you writing? Why are you here?”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Most marriages are a mess, and the children get caught between two bitter, antagonistic parents. My parents stayed married for 27 unhappy years, till their kids were grown, and this was a catastrophe for us.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “When I was a kid, our family used to watch ‘Bonanza.’ I really liked having a Sunday night TV ritual.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My natural tendency is to complicate everything – and then to spray words and ideas onto everything afterwards. I’ve had to develop the habit of keeping things simple.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “There are a lot of us, some published, some not, who think the literary life is the loveliest one possible, this life of reading and writing and corresponding. We think this life is nearly ideal.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Our preacher Veronica said recently that this is life’s nature: that lives and hearts get broken – those of people we love, those of people we’ll never meet. She said that the world sometimes feels like the waiting room of the emergency ward and that and that we who are more or less OK for now need to take the tenderest possible care of the more wounded people in the waiting room, until the healer comes. You sit with people, she said, you bring them juice and graham crackers.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “There’s freedom in hitting bottom.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Other days, though, my writing is like a person to me – the person who, after all these years, still makes sense to me.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I read the same amount of nonfiction and fiction.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “When people shine a little light on their monster, we find out how similar most of our monsters are.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “One has to be done with the pretense of being just fine, unscarred, perfectly self-sufficient. No one is.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “So I sit for a moment and then say a small prayer – please help me get out of the way so I can write what wants to be written.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I feel incredibly successful. I make a living as a writer and am able to help support a big family, my church, my bleeding-heart causes.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant for you to hit back. You’re done. It doesn’t necessarily mean you want to vacation together.”
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