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Anne Lamott Quotes
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Anne Lamott Quote: “Or you might shout at the top of your lungs or whisper into your sleeve, “I hate you, God.” That is a prayer too, because it is real, it is truth, and maybe it is the first sincere thought you’ve had in months.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Then the singing enveloped me. It was furry and resonant, coming from everyone’s very heart. There was no sense of performance or judgment, only that the music was breath and food.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “To be great, art has to point somewhere.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Some people won’t go the extra mile, and then on their birthday, when no one makes a fuss, they feel neglected and bitter.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “For me, Jesus is my cleft in the rock. He is my safest friend, my safe totally loving accepting big brother.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “We, too, are shadow and light. We are not supposed to know this, or be all these different facets of humanity, bright and dark. We are raised to be bright and shiny, but there is meaning in the acceptance of our dusky and dappled side, and also in defiance.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “We were raised to believe in books, music, and nature.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I am going to notice the lights of the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars, the lights of our candles as we march, the lights with which spring teases us, the light that is already present.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The medieval German mystic Meister Eckhart said that if the soul could have known God without the world, God never would have created the world.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You just have to keep getting out of your own way so that whatever it is that wants to be written can use you to write it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I get to tell my truth. I get to seek meaning and realization. I get to live fully, wildly, imperfectly. That’s why I’m alive. And all I actually have to offer as a writer is my version of life. Every single thing that has happened to me is mine.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Hope is not logical. It always comes as a surprise, just when you think all hope is lost. Hope is the cousin to grief, and both take time: you can’t short-circuit grief, or emptiness, and you can’t patch it up with your bicycle tire tube kit. You have to take the next right action.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My idea of absolute happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day, with my blankie, my cat, and my dog.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My understanding of incarnation is that we are not served by getting away from the grubbiness of suffering. Sometimes we feel that we are barely pulling ourselves forward through a tight tunnel on badly scraped-up elbows. But we do come out the other side, exhausted and changed.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “It is a violation of trust to use your kids as caulking for the cracks in you.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “For some of us, good books and beautiful writing are our ultimate solace, even more comforting than exquisite food.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The first holy truth in God 101 is that men and women of true faith have always had to accept the mystery of God’s identity and love and ways. I hate that, but it’s the truth.”
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: “Lies cannot nourish or protect you. Only freedom from fear, freedom from lies, can make us beautiful, and keep us safe.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “How alive am I willing to be?”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Laughter is the key that grace has arrived.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “A writer paradoxically seeks the truth and tells lies every step of the way. It’s a lie if you make something up. But you make it up in the name of truth, and then you give your heart to expressing it clearly.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty – and said ‘do the best you can with these, they will have to do’. And mostly, against all odds, they do.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Life is really pretty tricky, and there’s a lot of loss, and the longer you stay alive, the more people you lose whom you actually couldn’t live without.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Writing is about hypnotizing yourself into believing in yourself, getting some work done, then unhypnotizing yourself and going over the material coldly.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Your unconscious can’t work when you are breathing down its neck.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “All I ever wanted since I arrived here on earth are the same things I needed as a baby, to go from cold to warm, lonely to held, the vessel to the giver, empty to full.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I suspect that he was a child who thought differently than his peers, who may have had serious conversations with grown-ups, who as a young person, like me, accepted being alone quite a lot. I think that this sort of person often becomes either a writer or a career criminal.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “No one can appropriate God, goodness, the Bible or Jesus. It just seems that way.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “So Rita and I decided that the most subversive, revolutionary thing I could do was to show up for my life and not be ashamed.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My father really taught me that you really develop the habit of writing and you sit down at the same time every day, you don’t wait for inspiration.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “When you love something like reading – or drawing or music or nature – it surrounds you with a sense of connection to something great.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “When we search for something larger than our own selves to hook into, we can come through whatever life throws at us.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “A whole lot of us believers, of all different religions, are ready to turn back the tide of madness by walking together, in both the dark and the light – in other words, through life – registering voters as we go, and keeping the faith.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Rituals are a good signal to your unconscious that it is time to kick in.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I love memoirs. They are probably my favorite literary form, along with biographies. The more confessional, the better. There is so, so, so little truth in the popular culture, and I am starved and grateful for any I can find.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “There is a door we all want to walk through and writing can help you find it and open it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Try to write in a directly emotional way, instead of being too subtle or oblique. Don’t be afraid of your material or your past. Be afraid of wasting any more time obsessing about how you look and how people see you. Be afraid of not getting your writing done.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I used to tell my writing students that they must write the books they wished they could come upon – because then the books they hungered and thirsted for would exist.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Over and over I feel as if my characters know who they are, and what happens to them, and where they have been and where they will go, and what they are capable of doing, but they need me to write it down for them because their handwriting is so bad.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Butterflies and birds are like one perfect teaspoon of creation.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Haters want us to hate them, because hate is incapacitating. When we hate, we can’t operate from our real selves, which is our strength.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I woke up full of hate and fear the day before the most recent peace march in San Francisco. This was disappointing: I’d hoped to wake up feeling somewhere between Virginia Woolf and Wavy Gravy.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My dad taught me that to be a writer is a decision and a habit. It’s not anything lofty, and it doesn’t have that much to do with inspiration. You have to develop the habit of being a certain way with yourself. You do it at the debt of honor.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Feeding a baby is like filling a hole with putty – you get it in and then you sort of shave off all the excess around the hole and get it back in, like you’re spackling.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I remember staring at my son endlessly when he was an infant, stunned by his very existence, wondering where on earth he had come from.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “It feels like I’m babysitting in the Twilight Zone. I keep waiting for the parents to show up because we are out of chips and diet cokes.”
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