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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: “You simply keep putting down one damn word after the other, as you hear them, as they come to you. You can either set brick as a laborer or as an artist.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I write everything as a wake-up call to myself and others, to anyone who may have gotten tired of hitting the snooze button.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “But it was the singing that pulled me in and split me wide open.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I can never tell what I’m doing when I’m in the middle of publication because I have no confidence. I have terrible self-esteem, along with boundless narcissism.”
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: “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: “The real payoff is the writing itself, that a day when you have gotten your work done is a good day, that total dedication is the point.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My main problem is that over and over again, I try to get all my characters to say stuff that I think is so witty or erudite you know, so that everybody will go.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The basic formula for drama is setup, buildup, payoff – just like a joke. The.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I’m not going to change the way people think about me, but I can say you know what? I’m not going to carry that in my backpack.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Learning to love back is the hardest part of being alive.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I’ve seen prayers answered. But often, in my experiences, if you get what you pray for, you’ve really shortchanged yourself.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Tidiness makes me think of held breath, of suspended animation.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Now, if you ask me, what’s going on is that we’re all up to here in it, and probably the most important thing is that we not yell at one another.”
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: “The redwoods are like organ pipes, playing silent chords.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money, and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts. All right, one of them does, but we do not like her very much. We do not think that she has a rich inner life or that God likes her or can even stand her.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The reality is that most of us lived our first decades feeling welcome only when certain conditions applied: we felt safe and embraced only when the parental units were getting along, when we were on our best behavior, doing well in school, not causing problems, and had as few needs as possible. If you needed more from them, best of luck.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Frederick Buechner is one of my favorite writers. The Eyes of the Heart is beautiful and wise, full of insight, charm, and tenderness.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Anything that leaves you more fearful, more isolated, more disconnected from other people, more full of judgment or self-hatred, is not of God, does not follow the Rule of Love – and you should stop doing it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Toddlers can make you feel as if you have violated some archaic law in their personal Koran and you should die, infidel.”
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: “I’m drawn to almost any piece of writing with the words ‘divine love’ and ‘impeachment’ in the first sentence. But I know the word ‘divine’ makes many progressive people run screaming for their cute little lives, and so one hesitates to use it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I devoured books like a person taking vitamins, afraid that otherwise I would remain this gelatinous narcissist, with no possibility of ever becoming thoughtful, of ever being taken seriously.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “This is our goal as writers, I think; to help others have this sense of – please forgive me – wonder, of seeing things anew, things that can catch us off guard, that break in on our small, bordered worlds.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Forgiveness and mercy mean that, bit by bit, you begin to outshine the resentment.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “It’s funny where we look for salvation, and where we actually find 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: “Novels ought to have hope; at least, American novels ought to have hope. French novels don’t need to. We mostly win wars, they lose them. Of course, they did hide more Jews than many other countries, and this is a form of winning.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “You weren’t born a person of cringe and contraction. You were born as energy, as life, made of the same stuff as stars, blossoms, breezes. You learned contraction to survive, but that was then. You have paid through the nose – paid but good. It is now your turn to reap.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “This is who I want to be in the world. This is who I think we are supposed to be, people who help call forth human beings from deep inside hopelessness.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “A friend of mine says that the first draft is the down draft – you just get it down. The second draft is the up draft – you fix it up. You try to say what you have to say more accurately. And the third draft is the dental draft, where you check every tooth, to see if it’s loose or cramped or decayed, or even, God help us, healthy.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “These are pictures of the people in my family where we look like the most awkward and desperate folk you ever saw, poster children for the human condition.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I became a Christian before I got sober. So I was a drunk, bulimic Christian.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The good news is that if you don’t seal up your heart with caulking compound, and instead stay permeable, people stay alive inside you, and maybe outside you, too, forever. This.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “There are moments when I am writing when I think that if other people knew how I felt right now, they’d burn me at the stake for feeling so good, so full, so much intense pleasure.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “So how on earth can I bring a child into the world, knowing that such sorrow lies ahead, that it is such a large part of what it means to be human? I’m not sure. That’s my answer: I’m not sure.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “For the climax, there must be a killing or a healing or a domination.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I don’t think anything is the opposite of love.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “A writer paradoxically seeks the truth and tells lies every step of the way.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “That thing you had to force yourself to do-the actual act of writing-turns out to be the best part.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve thought that there was something noble and mysterious about writing, about the people who could do it well, who could create a world as if they were little gods or sorcerers. All my life I’ve felt that there was something magical about people who could get into other people’s minds and skin, who could take people like me out of ourselves and then take us back to ourselves. And you know what? I still do.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I like the desert for short periods of time, from inside a car, with the windows rolled up, and the doors locked. I prefer beach resorts with room service.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Pets are the world to me. I think they are the most obvious manifestations of divine love that we are going to see this side of eternity.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Get to know your characters as well as you can let there be something at stake, and then let the chips fall where they may.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “God makes a way out of no way.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Frequently, as so many poets and psalmists and songwriters have said, the invisible shift happens through the broken places.”
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: “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.”
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