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Anne Lamott Quotes
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Anne Lamott Quote: “If you don’t know where to start, remember that every single thing that happened to you is yours and you get to tell it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I mean “God” as shorthand for the Good, for the animating energy of love; for Life, for the light that radiates from within people and from above; in the energies of nature, even in our rough, messy selves.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Help” is a prayer that is always answered. It doesn’t matter how you pray – with your head bowed in silence, or crying out in grief, or dancing. Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors. Years ago I wrote an essay that began, “Some people think that God is in the details, but I have come to believe that God is in the bathroom.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “God makes a way out of no way.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You know, we’re often ashamed of asking for so much help because it seems selfish or petty or narcissistic, but I think, if there’s a God – and I believe there is – that God is there to help. That’s what God’s job is.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I do not have deep theological understanding or opinion, but I do not read the Bible as the literal word of God.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Do it every day for a while,” my father kept saying. “Do it as you would do scales on the piano. Do it by prearrangement with yourself. Do it as a debt of honor. And make a commitment to finishing things.”
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: “In the face of everything, we slowly come through.”
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: “I don’t write about the intimate details of my cousins and aunts and uncles, and my mother and my father because it’s not right to, for me.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I’m probably just as good a mother as the next repressed, obsessive-compulsive paranoiac.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I find most famous Christians to be full of themselves and of prejudice and self-loathing, masquerading as devout religious belief. I find all fundamentalism to be terrifying and very destructive.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Look at us,” he said. His speech was difficult to understand, thick and slow as a warped record. His two friends in the picture had Down’s syndrome. All three of them looked extremely pleased with themselves. I admired the picture and then handed it back to him. He stopped, so I stopped, too. He pointed to his own image. “That,” he said, “is one cool man.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I used to love to untangle chains when I was a child. I had thin, busy fingers, and I never gave up. Perhaps there was a psychiatric component to my concentration but like much of my psychic damage, this worked to everyone’s advantage.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Even if only the people in your writing group read your memoirs or stories or novel, even if you only wrote your story so that one day your children would know what life was like when you were a child and you knew the name of every dog in town – still, to have written your version is an honorable thing to have done.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You should not bring more items and hurdles to the obstacle course.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “It was not facing what life dealt that made you crazy, but rather trying to set life straight where it was unstraightenable.”
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: “I do believe that God is with us even when we’re at our craziest and that this goodness guides, provides, and protects.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Without using the word, everyone started forgiving each other again. Just like that, from the no of all nothingness: you have a big tense mess and out of it comes some joy. It must be magic.”
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: “Some aching beauty comes with huge loss, although maybe not right away, when it would be helpful. Life is a very powerful force, despite the constant discouragement. So if you are a person with connections to life, a few tendrils eventually break through the sidewalk of loss, and you notice them, maybe space out studying them for a few moments, or maybe they tickle you into movement and response, if only because you have to scratch your nose.”
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: “One of the things that happens when you give yourself permission to sart writing is that you start thinking like a writer.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I understood that the man I was calling for could never ever come back. Because I understood that the man that I was calling for was dead.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “In fact, there’s really only one thing that everything’s made of; it’s energy.”
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.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “When KFKD is playing, we are at cross purposes with the river. So we need to sit there, and breathe, calm ourselves down, push back our sleeves, and begin again.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding space,’ to quote the late, great Zora Neale Hurston. It.”
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: “For me, being a writer is not an altered state. It’s very ponderous, and very – it’s like being a shoemaker.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I accidentally forgot to graduate from college.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “For twenty years I have ached to go back home, when there was nobody there to whom I could return.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I don’t think you have time to waste not writing because you are afraid you won’t be good enough at it, and I don’t think you have time to waste on someone who does not respond to you with kindness and respect. You don’t want to spend your time around people who make you hold your breath. You can’t fill up when you’re holding your breath.”
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: “Science, art, community, and nature make manifest that bad will or mistakes can lead to progress, like Bob Ross on his show The Joy of Painting reminding us that when we make big mistakes on canvas, we can turn them into birds – “Yeah, they’re birds now!”
Anne Lamott Quote: “If our lives are made up of a string of a thousand moments, at some of those moments we look a lot more spiritually evolved than at others.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Mostly what happens in the novels never happened in real life.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Life with most teenagers was like having a low-grade bladder infection. It hurts, but you had to tough it out.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The clipping said forgiveness meant that God is for giving, and that we are here for giving too, and that to withold love or blessings is to be completely delusional.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Rumi: “Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “We have to make ourselves available to one another, or we can’t experience goodness. It’s not so much us seeking God, tracking Her down with a butterfly net; it’s agreeing to be found. The Old Girl reaches out to everyone and wants to include us in this beautiful, weird, sometimes anguished life. All people: go figure.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Mattie was in love with Daniel, of course; this was the X within the circle on her map: I love Daniel.”
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: “And I guess when you take away the resentment and disappointment, it’s that simple. It is what we do in families: we help, because we were helped.”
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