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Anne Lamott Quote: “I’m kind of a gossip hound, but watching the media whip the small fires into giant forest fires so that they can cover the result is infuriating.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “My friend Terry says that when you need to make a decision, in your work or otherwise, and you don’t know what to do, just do one thing or the other, because the worst that can happen is that you will have made a terrible mistake.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “We’re bugs struggling in the river, brightly visible to the trout below.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Evangelical Christians and I can sit down and talk one on one about how much we love Jesus, and yet I’m not carried in Christian bookstores.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Mark Twain said that Adam was the only man who, when he said a good thing, knew that nobody had said it before.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “There is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill up that hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder.”
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 was raised by my parents to believe that you had a moral obligation to try and help save the world.”
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: “Almost every single thing you hope publication will do for you is a fantasy, a hologram – it’s the eagle on your credit card that only seems to soar.”
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 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: “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: “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 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: “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: “This is a difficult country to look too different in – the United States of Advertising, as Paul Krassner puts it – and if you are too skinny or too tall or dark or weird or short or frizzy or homely or poor or nearsighted, you get crucified. I did. But.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “When you’re conscious and writing from a place of insight and simplicity and real caring about the truth, you have the ability to throw the lights on for your reader.”
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: “No matter what circumstances, it’s hard to be a parent and maintain a sense of self and identity in the world.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Mothering has been the richest experience of my life, but I am still opposed to Mother’s Day. It perpetuates the dangerous idea that all parents are somehow superior to non-parents.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “All you can give us is what life is about from your point of view. You are not going to be able to give us the plans to the submarine. Life is not a submarine. There are no plans.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I never had a particularly strong craving to procreate, except for earlier fantasies of wanting to be Marmee in Little Women.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Alone, we are doomed, but by the same token, we’ve learned that people are impossible, even the ones we love most – especially the ones we love most: they’re damaged, prickly and set in their ways.”
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: “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: “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: “For twenty years I have ached to go back home, when there was nobody there to whom I could return.”
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: “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. Do you want this, or do you want to be right? Well, can I get back to you on that? I.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “I think drugs are part of the magical possibilities of youth and I wouldn’t be here if I had continued with it.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “In the face of everything, we slowly come through.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “I could become like that dyslexic agnostic in the old joke – the one who lies in bed and tries to figure out if his dog exists.”
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: “But in surrender you have won.”
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: “Life does not seem to present itself to me for my convenience, to box itself up nicely so I can write about it with wisdom and a point to make before putting it on a shelf somewhere.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “We learn from pain that some of the things we thought were castles turn out to be prisons, and we desperately want out, but even though we built them, we can’t find the door. Yet maybe if you ask God for help in knowing which direction to face, you’ll have a moment of intuition. Maybe you’ll see at least one next right step you can take.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “Anything you say from your heart to God is a prayer.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “The whistle is always waiting to be blown, and in some ways, it gets me to do better work.”
Anne Lamott Quote: “We have all we need to come through. Against all odds, no matter what we’ve lost, no matter what messes we’ve made over time, no matter how dark the night, we offer and are offered kindness, soul, light, and food, which create breath and spaciousness, which create hope, sufficient unto the day.”
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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