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Wikipedia Summary for Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott (born April 10, 1954) is an American novelist and non-fiction writer.

She is also a progressive political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher. Lamott is based in Marin County, California. Her nonfiction works are largely autobiographical. Lamott's writings, marked by their self-deprecating humor and openness, cover such subjects as alcoholism, single-motherhood, depression, and Christianity.

quote by Anne Lamott: One thing about having a baby is that each step of the way you simply cannot imagine loving him any more than you already do, because you a… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: One thing about having a baby is that each step of the way you simply cannot imagine loving him any ...

One thing about having a baby is that each step of the way you simply cannot imagine loving him any more than you already do, because you are bursting with love, loving as much as you are humanly capable of- and then you do, you love him even more.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: To love yourself as you are is a miracle, and to see yourself is to have found yourself, for now. And now is all we have, and love is who w… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: To love yourself as you are is a miracle, and to see yourself is to have found yourself, for now. An...

To love yourself as you are is a miracle, and to see yourself is to have found yourself, for now. And now is all we have, and love is who we are.

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quote by Anne Lamott: The world is always going to be dangerous, and people get badly banged up, but how can there be more meaning than helping one another stand… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: The world is always going to be dangerous, and people get badly banged up, but how can there be more...

The world is always going to be dangerous, and people get badly banged up, but how can there be more meaning than helping one another stand up in a wind and stay warm?

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quote by Anne Lamott: Grace in the theological sense is that force that infuses our lives, that keeps letting us off the hook. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Grace in the theological sense is that force that infuses our lives, that keeps letting us off the h...

Grace in the theological sense is that force that infuses our lives, that keeps letting us off the hook.

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quote by Anne Lamott: I sat down in the sand, breathless with shame and failure. God, I thought, some defender of the weak. Some freedom fighter, Joan of Arc in … with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: I sat down in the sand, breathless with shame and failure. God, I thought, some defender of the weak...

I sat down in the sand, breathless with shame and failure. God, I thought, some defender of the weak. Some freedom fighter, Joan of Arc in sunscreen.

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quote by Anne Lamott: A grandchild is like a fine jewel set in an old ring. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: A grandchild is like a fine jewel set in an old ring....

A grandchild is like a fine jewel set in an old ring.

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quote by Anne Lamott: Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including YOU. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including YOU....

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including YOU.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: If you asked me, parents were supposed to affect the life of their child in such a way that the child grows up to be responsible, able to p… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: If you asked me, parents were supposed to affect the life of their child in such a way that the chil...

If you asked me, parents were supposed to affect the life of their child in such a way that the child grows up to be responsible, able to participate in life and in community.

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quote by Anne Lamott: I hate the summer. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: I hate the summer....

I hate the summer.

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quote by Anne Lamott: We stuffed scary feelings down, and they made us insane. I think it is pretty universal, all this repression leading to violence and fundam… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: We stuffed scary feelings down, and they made us insane. I think it is pretty universal, all this re...

We stuffed scary feelings down, and they made us insane. I think it is pretty universal, all this repression leading to violence and fundamentalism and self-loathing and addiction.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Sixty feels exactly like 50, with aching feet and more forgetfulness.... But your inside person doesn't age. Your inside person is soul, is… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Sixty feels exactly like 50, with aching feet and more forgetfulness.... But your inside person does...

Sixty feels exactly like 50, with aching feet and more forgetfulness.... But your inside person doesn't age. Your inside person is soul, is heart, in the eternal now, the ageless, the old, the young, all the ages you've ever been.

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quote by Anne Lamott: My mind is a bad neighborhood that I try not to go into alone. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: My mind is a bad neighborhood that I try not to go into alone....

My mind is a bad neighborhood that I try not to go into alone.

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quote by Anne Lamott: The usual things helped: some distance, prayer, chocolate. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: The usual things helped: some distance, prayer, chocolate....

The usual things helped: some distance, prayer, chocolate.

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quote by Anne Lamott: My heart was broken and my head was just barely inhabitable. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: My heart was broken and my head was just barely inhabitable....

My heart was broken and my head was just barely inhabitable.

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quote by Anne Lamott: Our bottled charm is the main roadblock to drinking that clear cool glass of love. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Our bottled charm is the main roadblock to drinking that clear cool glass of love....

Our bottled charm is the main roadblock to drinking that clear cool glass of love.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: In biblical times, they used to stone a few thirteen-year-olds with some regularity, which helped keep the others quiet and at home. The mo… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: In biblical times, they used to stone a few thirteen-year-olds with some regularity, which helped ke...

In biblical times, they used to stone a few thirteen-year-olds with some regularity, which helped keep the others quiet and at home. The mothers were usually in the first row of stone-throwers, and had to be restrained.

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quote by Anne Lamott: For me and most of the other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write … with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: For me and most of the other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can g...

For me and most of the other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Anything you say from your heart to God is a prayer. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Anything you say from your heart to God is a prayer....

Anything you say from your heart to God is a prayer.

--Anne Lamott

Longer Version:

Anything you say from your heart to God is a prayer. But "why" is rarely a useful question. When Job keeps asking God why he has had such loss and suffering, God says, "You wouldn't understand." I always want to know why, and I almost never have a good answer.


quote by Anne Lamott: My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I'm grateful for it the way I'm grateful for the ocean. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I'm grateful for it the way I'm grateful for the ocean....

My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I'm grateful for it the way I'm grateful for the ocean.

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quote by Anne Lamott: The three things I cannot change are the past, the truth, and you. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: The three things I cannot change are the past, the truth, and you....

The three things I cannot change are the past, the truth, and you.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: I felt alternately rubbery and empty, like sometimes I was landing on the Swiss cheese, sometimes on the holes. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: I felt alternately rubbery and empty, like sometimes I was landing on the Swiss cheese, sometimes on...

I felt alternately rubbery and empty, like sometimes I was landing on the Swiss cheese, sometimes on the holes.

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quote by Anne Lamott: I tell you, it's a brand-new world, it's as radical as having an infant. And I'm as clueless. And it turns out there are no operating instr… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: I tell you, it's a brand-new world, it's as radical as having an infant. And I'm as clueless. And it...

I tell you, it's a brand-new world, it's as radical as having an infant. And I'm as clueless. And it turns out there are no operating instructions and no owner's manual that come with a teenager either.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: What fills us is real, sweet, dopey, funny life. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: What fills us is real, sweet, dopey, funny life....

What fills us is real, sweet, dopey, funny life.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Kids are hard -- they drive you crazy and break your heart -- whereas grandchildren make you feel great about life, and yourself, and your … with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Kids are hard -- they drive you crazy and break your heart -- whereas grandchildren make you feel gr...

Kids are hard -- they drive you crazy and break your heart -- whereas grandchildren make you feel great about life, and yourself, and your ability to love someone unconditionally, finally, after all these years.

--Anne Lamott

quote by Anne Lamott: I'd figured out the gift of failure, which is that it breaks through all that held breath and isometric tension about needing to look good:… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: I'd figured out the gift of failure, which is that it breaks through all that held breath and isomet...

I'd figured out the gift of failure, which is that it breaks through all that held breath and isometric tension about needing to look good: it's the gift of feeling floppier.

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quote by Anne Lamott: You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town....

You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Writing takes a combination of sophistication and innocence; it takes conscience, our belief that something is beautiful because it is righ… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Writing takes a combination of sophistication and innocence; it takes conscience, our belief that so...

Writing takes a combination of sophistication and innocence; it takes conscience, our belief that something is beautiful because it is right.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Help, Thanks, Wow. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Help, Thanks, Wow....

Help, Thanks, Wow.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises....

Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: That thing you had to force yourself to do-the actual act of writing-turns out to be the best part. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: That thing you had to force yourself to do-the actual act of writing-turns out to be the best part....

That thing you had to force yourself to do-the actual act of writing-turns out to be the best part.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Prayer usually means praise, or surrender, acknowledging that you have run out of bullets. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Prayer usually means praise, or surrender, acknowledging that you have run out of bullets....

Prayer usually means praise, or surrender, acknowledging that you have run out of bullets.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: 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 t… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: The clipping said forgiveness meant that God is for giving, and that we are here for giving too, and...

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 by Anne Lamott: A good marriage is supposed to be one where each spouse secretly thinks he or she got the better deal. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: A good marriage is supposed to be one where each spouse secretly thinks he or she got the better dea...

A good marriage is supposed to be one where each spouse secretly thinks he or she got the better deal.

--Anne Lamott

quote by Anne Lamott: Just don't pretend you know more about your characters than they do, because you don't. Stay open to them. It's teatime and all the dolls a… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Just don't pretend you know more about your characters than they do, because you don't. Stay open to...

Just don't pretend you know more about your characters than they do, because you don't. Stay open to them. It's teatime and all the dolls are at the table. Listen. It's that simple.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: My therapist said starving and dieting are like putting ice cream on a leg wound. I said that ice cream would feel cool and numbing. She sa… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: My therapist said starving and dieting are like putting ice cream on a leg wound. I said that ice cr...

My therapist said starving and dieting are like putting ice cream on a leg wound. I said that ice cream would feel cool and numbing. She said yes and then it would melt.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: There is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill up that hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: There is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill up that hunger inside for a sense ...

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 by Anne Lamott: 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 … with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Over and over I feel as if my characters know who they are, and what happens to them, and where they...

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 by Anne Lamott: I naturally prefer the company of people who hold grudges, as long as they are not held against me. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: I naturally prefer the company of people who hold grudges, as long as they are not held against me....

I naturally prefer the company of people who hold grudges, as long as they are not held against me.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: I still think they should write with everything they have, daily if possible, and for the rest of their lives. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: I still think they should write with everything they have, daily if possible, and for the rest of th...

I still think they should write with everything they have, daily if possible, and for the rest of their lives.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: He lost the great big outward thing, the good- looking package, and the real parts endured. They shine through like crazy, the brillian min… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: He lost the great big outward thing, the good- looking package, and the real parts endured. They shi...

He lost the great big outward thing, the good- looking package, and the real parts endured. They shine through like crazy, the brillian mind and humor, the depth of generosity, the intense blue yes, those beautiful hands.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: There is nothing more touching to me then a family picture where everyone is trying to look his or her best, but you can see what a mess th… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: There is nothing more touching to me then a family picture where everyone is trying to look his or h...

There is nothing more touching to me then a family picture where everyone is trying to look his or her best, but you can see what a mess they all really are.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Without using the word, everyone started forgiving each other again. Just like that, from the no of all nothingness: you have a big tense m… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Without using the word, everyone started forgiving each other again. Just like that, from the no of ...

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 by Anne Lamott: When I asked Father Tom where we find God in this present darkness, he said that God is in creation, and to get outdoors as much as you can. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: When I asked Father Tom where we find God in this present darkness, he said that God is in creation,...

When I asked Father Tom where we find God in this present darkness, he said that God is in creation, and to get outdoors as much as you can.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Remember that you own what happened to you. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Remember that you own what happened to you....

Remember that you own what happened to you.

--Anne Lamott

Longer Version:

Remember that you own what happened to you. If your childhood was less than ideal, you may have been raised thinking that if you told the truth about what really went on in your family, a long bony white finger would emerge from a cloud and point to you, while a chilling voice thundered, "We *told* you not to tell." But that was then. Just put down on paper everything you can remember now about your parents and siblings and relatives and neighbors, and we will deal with libel later on.


quote by Anne Lamott: Nothing can be delicious when you are holding your breath. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Nothing can be delicious when you are holding your breath....

Nothing can be delicious when you are holding your breath.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: We stitch together quilts of meaning to keep us warm and safe, with whatever patches of beauty and utility we have on hand. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: We stitch together quilts of meaning to keep us warm and safe, with whatever patches of beauty and u...

We stitch together quilts of meaning to keep us warm and safe, with whatever patches of beauty and utility we have on hand.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Mostly what happens in the novels never happened in real life. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Mostly what happens in the novels never happened in real life....

Mostly what happens in the novels never happened in real life.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: See how the fearful chandelier Trembles above you Each time you open your mouth To sing. Sing. --DONALD JUSTICE. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: See how the fearful chandelier Trembles above you Each time you open your mouth To sing. Sing. --DON...

See how the fearful chandelier Trembles above you Each time you open your mouth To sing. Sing. --DONALD JUSTICE.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Charles had once remarked that holding onto a resentment was like eating rat poison and waiting for the rat to die. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Charles had once remarked that holding onto a resentment was like eating rat poison and waiting for ...

Charles had once remarked that holding onto a resentment was like eating rat poison and waiting for the rat to die.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Where do we even start on the daily walk of restoration and awakening? We start where we are. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Where do we even start on the daily walk of restoration and awakening? We start where we are....

Where do we even start on the daily walk of restoration and awakening? We start where we are.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: First find a path, and a little light to see by. Then push up your sleeves and start helping. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: First find a path, and a little light to see by. Then push up your sleeves and start helping....

First find a path, and a little light to see by. Then push up your sleeves and start helping.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: I became a Christian before I got sober. So I was a drunk, bulimic Christian. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: I became a Christian before I got sober. So I was a drunk, bulimic Christian....

I became a Christian before I got sober. So I was a drunk, bulimic Christian.

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quote by Anne Lamott: In early sobriety I heard that if you have an idea after ten p.m., it is probably not a good idea--and this was before e-mail. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: In early sobriety I heard that if you have an idea after ten p.m., it is probably not a good idea--a...

In early sobriety I heard that if you have an idea after ten p.m., it is probably not a good idea--and this was before e-mail.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Being sober delivered almost everything drinking promised. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Being sober delivered almost everything drinking promised....

Being sober delivered almost everything drinking promised.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: 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. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Get to know your characters as well as you can let there be something at stake, and then let the chi...

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 by Anne Lamott: At our most primitive we are storytellers and dancers. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: At our most primitive we are storytellers and dancers....

At our most primitive we are storytellers and dancers.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: 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. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: So Rita and I decided that the most subversive, revolutionary thing I could do was to show up for my...

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 by Anne Lamott: Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all. Laugh, rest, slow down. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all. Laugh, rest, slow down....

Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all. Laugh, rest, slow down.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: The solution is always spiritual, and it almost never has anything to do with the problem ... laughter is carbonated holiness. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: The solution is always spiritual, and it almost never has anything to do with the problem ... laught...

The solution is always spiritual, and it almost never has anything to do with the problem ... laughter is carbonated holiness.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Only God can put Scripture inside. But reading sacred text can put it on your hearts, and then when your hearts break, the holy words will … with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Only God can put Scripture inside. But reading sacred text can put it on your hearts, and then when ...

Only God can put Scripture inside. But reading sacred text can put it on your hearts, and then when your hearts break, the holy words will fall inside.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: One secret of life is that the reason life works at all is that not everyone in your tribe is nuts on the same day. Another secret is that … with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: One secret of life is that the reason life works at all is that not everyone in your tribe is nuts o...

One secret of life is that the reason life works at all is that not everyone in your tribe is nuts on the same day. Another secret is that laughter is carbonated holiness.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: That's what's so touching about weddings: Two people fall in love, and decide to see if their love might stand up over time, if there might… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: That's what's so touching about weddings: Two people fall in love, and decide to see if their love m...

That's what's so touching about weddings: Two people fall in love, and decide to see if their love might stand up over time, if there might be enough grace and forgiveness and memory lapses to help the whole shebang hang together.

--Anne Lamott

quote by Anne Lamott: Perfection is shallow, unreal, and fatally uninteresting. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Perfection is shallow, unreal, and fatally uninteresting....

Perfection is shallow, unreal, and fatally uninteresting.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: The evidence is in, and you are the verdict. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: The evidence is in, and you are the verdict....

The evidence is in, and you are the verdict.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: 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. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: You just have to keep getting out of your own way so that whatever it is that wants to be written ca...

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 by Anne Lamott: Your inside person doesn't age. Your inside person is soul, is heart, in the eternal now, the ageless, the old, the young, all the ages you… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Your inside person doesn't age. Your inside person is soul, is heart, in the eternal now, the ageles...

Your inside person doesn't age. Your inside person is soul, is heart, in the eternal now, the ageless, the old, the young, all the ages you've ever been.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: And she is going to dance, dance hungry, dance full, dance each cold astonishing moment, now when she is young and again when she is old. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: And she is going to dance, dance hungry, dance full, dance each cold astonishing moment, now when sh...

And she is going to dance, dance hungry, dance full, dance each cold astonishing moment, now when she is young and again when she is old.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors...

Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: 'Help' is a prayer that is always answered. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: 'Help' is a prayer that is always answered....

'Help' is a prayer that is always answered.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Quiet, deep breath after any prayer is another form of Amen. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Quiet, deep breath after any prayer is another form of Amen....

Quiet, deep breath after any prayer is another form of Amen.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: For too long, and despite what people told me, I had fallen for what the culture said about beauty, youth, features, heights, weights, hair… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: For too long, and despite what people told me, I had fallen for what the culture said about beauty, ...

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 by Anne Lamott: If you have a body, you are entitled to the full range of feelings. It comes with the package. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: If you have a body, you are entitled to the full range of feelings. It comes with the package....

If you have a body, you are entitled to the full range of feelings. It comes with the package.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Life with most teenagers was like having a low-grade bladder infection. It hurts, but you had to tough it out. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Life with most teenagers was like having a low-grade bladder infection. It hurts, but you had to tou...

Life with most teenagers was like having a low-grade bladder infection. It hurts, but you had to tough it out.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Gratitude, not understanding, is the secret to joy and equanimity. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Gratitude, not understanding, is the secret to joy and equanimity....

Gratitude, not understanding, is the secret to joy and equanimity.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Looking back on the God my friend believed in, he seems a little erratic, not entirely unlike her father -- God as borderline personality. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Looking back on the God my friend believed in, he seems a little erratic, not entirely unlike her fa...

Looking back on the God my friend believed in, he seems a little erratic, not entirely unlike her father -- God as borderline personality.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: 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 … with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: You are going to love some of your characters because they are you or some facet of you, and you are...

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.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Again and again I tell God I need help, and God says, 'Well, isn't that fabulous? Because I need help too. So you go get that old woman ove… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Again and again I tell God I need help, and God says, 'Well, isn't that fabulous? Because I need hel...

Again and again I tell God I need help, and God says, 'Well, isn't that fabulous? Because I need help too. So you go get that old woman over there some water, and I'll figure out what we're going to do about your stuff.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: For me, being a writer is not an altered state. It's very ponderous, and very -- it's like being a shoemaker. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: For me, being a writer is not an altered state. It's very ponderous, and very -- it's like being a s...

For me, being a writer is not an altered state. It's very ponderous, and very -- it's like being a shoemaker.

--Anne Lamott

Longer Version:

For me, being a writer is not an altered state. It's very ponderous, and very -- it's like being a shoemaker. You know, shoemakers stick to your last and you stay there working over your last, and it's pretty drudgy in a lot of ways.


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The problem with God -- or at any rate, one of the top five most annoying things about God -- is that he or she rarely answers right away.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: I kept asking God for help, and after a while I realized something -- that Josh was not enjoying this either. He was just trying to take ca… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: I kept asking God for help, and after a while I realized something -- that Josh was not enjoying thi...

I kept asking God for help, and after a while I realized something -- that Josh was not enjoying this either. He was just trying to take care of himself, and I made the radical decision to let him off the hook.

--Anne Lamott
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For twenty years I have ached to go back home, when there was nobody there to whom I could return.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational...

You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind.

--Anne Lamott

Longer Version:

You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind. The rational mind doesn't nourish you. You assume that it gives you the truth, because the rational mind is the golden calf that this culture worships, but this is not true. Rationality squeezes out much that is rich and juicy and fascinating.


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For some of us, good books and beautiful writing are our ultimate solace, even more comforting than exquisite food.

--Anne Lamott
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You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren't. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don't think your way into becoming yourself.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: The mix in our rooms is so touching: the clutter and the cracks in the wall belie a bleakness or brokenness in our lives; while photos and … with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: The mix in our rooms is so touching: the clutter and the cracks in the wall belie a bleakness or bro...

The mix in our rooms is so touching: the clutter and the cracks in the wall belie a bleakness or brokenness in our lives; while photos and a few rare objects show our pride, our rare shining moments ... these rooms are future ruins.

--Anne Lamott
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This is one thing they forget to mention in most child-rearing books, that at times you will just lose your mind. Period.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared, even the people who seem to have it more or less together. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared, even the people who seem to have it more or less...

Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared, even the people who seem to have it more or less together.

--Anne Lamott

Longer Version:

Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared, even the people who seem to have it more or less together. They are much more like you than you would believe. So try not to compare your insides to their outsides.



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I think this is how we are supposed to be in the world-present and in awe.

--Anne Lamott
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Writing is how I communicate my deepest beliefs, and what I hope are helpful observations about our dual citizenship, as children of God, as regular old mixed-up, worried, flawed, precious human beings.

--Anne Lamott
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But easy's like, who cares? Easy's like, how much is easy going to get you?

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: 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 t… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: My main problem is that over and over again, I try to get all my characters to say stuff that I thin...

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 by Anne Lamott: Some people wanted to get rich or famous, but my friends and I wanted to get real. We wanted to get deep. (Also, I suppose, we wanted to ge… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: Some people wanted to get rich or famous, but my friends and I wanted to get real. We wanted to get ...

Some people wanted to get rich or famous, but my friends and I wanted to get real. We wanted to get deep. (Also, I suppose, we wanted to get laid.).

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced. with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced....

These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: 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 -… with background image: photo of author Anne Lamott with quote: You know, we're often ashamed of asking for so much help because it seems selfish or petty or narcis...

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

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