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Anne Lamott Quote: “I have a giant ego and terrible self-esteem, so I need to hit the re-set button fairly regularly – to get into presence, and humility, and being right-sized.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I am a terrible and lazy Christian. I do not believe that the Bible is the literal word of God. I just skip about a third of it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Getting all your addictions under control is like trying to put an octopus to bed.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “There is ecstasy in paying attention.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Trying to reason with an addict was like trying to blow out a lightbulb.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Listen to your broccoli and it will tell you how to eat it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns. Faith also means reaching deeply within, for the sense one was born with, the sense, for example, to go for a walk.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The harm is in the unwanted help or helping them when they need to figure things out for themselves. Help is the sunny side of control.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Kindness toward others and radical kindness to ourselves buy us a shot at a warm and generous heart, which is the greatest prize of all.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My heart was broken and my head was just barely inhabitable.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My family tends to be pretty alcoholic and drug-addicted.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Good writing is about telling the truth.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “She quoted the Reverend James Forbes as saying, “Nobody gets into heaven without a letter of reference from the poor.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The thing about light is that it really isn’t yours; it’s what you gather and shine back. And it gets more power from reflectiveness; if you sit still and take it in, it fills your cup, and then you can give it off yourself.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Write as if your parents are dead.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Writing takes a combination of sophistication and innocence; it takes conscience, our belief that something is beautiful because it is right.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My writer friends, and they are legion, do not go around beaming with quiet feelings of contentment. Most of them go around with haunted, abused, surprised looks on their faces, like lab dogs on whom very personal deodorant sprays have been tested.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore. Another is that writing motivates you to look closely at life, at life as it lurches by and tramps around.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “There is cracks, cracks, in everything, that’s how the light gets in.′ I had cracks but not the hope.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “When we agree to being part of something bigger than our own wired, fixated minds, we are saved.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “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: “We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason why they write so little.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I liked those ladies! They were helpers, and they danced.? These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Trappings and charm wear off, I’ve learned. The book of welcome says, Let people see you. They see that your upper arms are beautiful, soft and clean and warm, and then they will see this about their own, some of the time. It’s called having friends, choosing each other, getting found, being fished out of the rubble. It blows you away, how this wonderful event happened – me in your life, you in mine.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “If you fixate on the big picture, the whole shebang, the overview, you miss the stitching.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I cry intermittently, like a summer rain. I don’t feel racked by the crying; in fact, it hydrates me. Then rage wells up in me, and I want to take a crowbar to all the cars in the neighborhood.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My father was a writer, so I grew up writing and reading and I was really encouraged by him.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “When we are stunned to the place beyond words, we’re finally starting to get somewhere. It is so much more comfortable to think that we know what it all means, what to expect and how it all hangs together. When we are stunned to the place beyond words, when an aspect of life takes us away from being able to chip away at something until it’s down to a manageable size and then to file it nicely away, when all we can say in response is “Wow,” that’s a prayer.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “What an incredible drug fear is.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Perfectionism means that you try not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “If I were going to begin practicing the presence of God for the first time today, it would help to begin by admitting the three most terrible truths of our existence: that we are so ruined, and so loved, and in charge of so little.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “We’re out there somewhere between the known and the unknown, trying to reel in both for a closer look.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Sometimes I think God loves the ones who most desperately ache and are most desperately lost – his or her wildest, most messed-up children – the way you’d ache and love a screwed-up rebel daughter in juvenile hall.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Maybe it’s wishful thinking, this snaggly faith of mine, or maybe it’s Miles Davis saying, Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I was raised in a family where none of us ever raised a voice, so there was no room to express feelings of rage or even unabashed joy – a little bashed joy, here or there, or being mildly disgruntled.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “We can change. People say we can’t, but we do when the stakes or the pain is high enough. And when we do, life can change. It offers more of itself when we agree to give up our busyness.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “They taught me that maturity was the ability to live with unresolved problems.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I worry that Jesus drinks himself to sleep when he hears me talk like this.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Why couldn’t Jesus command us to obsess over everything, to try to control and manipulate people, to try not to breathe at all, or to pay attention, stomp away to brood when people annoy us, and then eat a big bag of Hershey’s Kisses in bed?”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Jealousy has always been my cross, the weakness and woundedness in me that has most often caused me to feel ugly and unlovable, like the Bad Seed.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Most of me was glad when my mother died. She was a handful, but not in a cute, festive way. More in a life-threatening way, that had caused me a long time ago to give up all hope of ever feeling good about having had her as a mother.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I spend most of my time alone, because I so value and thrive in the quiet. Heaven.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The worst part about celebrating another birthday is the shock that you’re only as well as you are.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I’ve always thought I could use my brain and my heart to jockey everyone around to the good. But life is not jockeyable. When you try, you make people infinitely crazier than they already were, including or especially yourself.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My mother was a not-too-devoted atheist. She went to Episcopal church on Christmas Eve every year, and that was mostly it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “They cramp around our wounds – the pain from our childhood, the losses and disappointments of adulthood, the humiliations suffered in both – to keep us from getting hurt in the same place again, to keep foreign substances out. So those wounds never have a chance to heal. Perfectionism is one way our muscles cramp. In some cases we don’t even know that the wounds and the cramping are there, but both limit us.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I went to Goucher College in Maryland for the best possible reasons – to learn – but then I dropped out at 19 for the best possible reasons – to become a writer.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “We all know we’re going to die; what’s important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You are going to love some of your characters because they are you or some facet of you, and you are going to hate some of your characters for the same reason.”
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