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Quotes by Anne Lamott

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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: Dogs are the closest we come to knowing the divine love of God on this side of eternity. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of two women walking together outdoor during daytime
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Dogs are the closest we come to knowing the divine love of God on this side of eternity.




Quote: Butterflies and birds are like one perfect teaspoon of creation. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on yellow flower
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Butterflies and birds are like one perfect teaspoon of creation.


Quote: Butterflies were wind energy made visible. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of green butterfly perched on purple flower
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Butterflies were wind energy made visible.


Quote: Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing on beach during sunset
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Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.


Quote: Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing under the sun
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Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. You're done.


Quote: Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of white spiral notebook on black wooden table
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Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life Besides, perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force (these are words we are allowed to use in California).


You want to give me chocolate and flowers? That would be great. I love them both. I just don't want them out of guilt, and I don't want them if you're not going to give them to all the people who helped mother our children.


Quote: When humans experience something as powerful as a forest or a rainbow, it is not crazy to assign its existence to a Greater Intelligence. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of aerial photography of pine trees with mist
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When humans experience something as powerful as a forest or a rainbow, it is not crazy to assign its existence to a Greater Intelligence.


Quote: To be great, art has to point somewhere. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of circular light bokei wallpaper
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To be great, art has to point somewhere.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 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.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor
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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.


Quote: 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? by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 meaning than helping one another stand up in a wind and stay warm?


Quote: Grace in the theological sense is that force that infuses our lives, that keeps letting us off the hook. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of close up shot of white flower
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Grace in the theological sense is that force that infuses our lives, that keeps letting us off the hook.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of green textile in close up image
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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.


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


Quote: Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including YOU. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of sunflower field during daytime
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Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including YOU.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 child grows up to be responsible, able to participate in life and in community.


Quote: I hate the summer. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of white and brown long coated puppy
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I hate the summer.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 repression leading to violence and fundamentalism and self-loathing and addiction.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of photo of author Anne Lamott with quote

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.


Quote: My mind is a bad neighborhood that I try not to go into alone. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of man in white suit standing beside woman in white dress on rock during daytime
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My mind is a bad neighborhood that I try not to go into alone.


Quote: The usual things helped: some distance, prayer, chocolate. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of four men sitting beside table
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The usual things helped: some distance, prayer, chocolate.


Quote: My heart was broken and my head was just barely inhabitable. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of green and blue chevron textile
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My heart was broken and my head was just barely inhabitable.


Quote: Our bottled charm is the main roadblock to drinking that clear cool glass of love. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of sunset
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Our bottled charm is the main roadblock to drinking that clear cool glass of love.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of photo of author Anne Lamott with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts.


Quote: Anything you say from your heart to God is a prayer. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of two person holding hands while standing
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Anything you say from your heart to God is a prayer.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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: My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I'm grateful for it the way I'm grateful for the ocean. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of green trees on forest during daytime
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My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I'm grateful for it the way I'm grateful for the ocean.


Quote: The three things I cannot change are the past, the truth, and you. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers
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The three things I cannot change are the past, the truth, and you.


Quote: I felt alternately rubbery and empty, like sometimes I was landing on the Swiss cheese, sometimes on the holes. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of time lapse photography of lightning during storm
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I felt alternately rubbery and empty, like sometimes I was landing on the Swiss cheese, sometimes on the holes.


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 turns out there are no operating instructions and no owner's manual that come with a teenager either. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 turns out there are no operating instructions and no owner's manual that come with a teenager either.


Quote: What fills us is real, sweet, dopey, funny life. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of elephant on grass field
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What fills us is real, sweet, dopey, funny life.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of photo of author Anne Lamott with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 isometric tension about needing to look good: it's the gift of feeling floppier.


Quote: You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of blue wooden door opened
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You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town.


Quote: Writing takes a combination of sophistication and innocence; it takes conscience, our belief that something is beautiful because it is right. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of close up photography of woman holding grey and red box
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Writing takes a combination of sophistication and innocence; it takes conscience, our belief that something is beautiful because it is right.


Quote: Help, Thanks, Wow. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of river surrounded by trees
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Help, Thanks, Wow.


Quote: Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of group of people waving their hands
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Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises.


Quote: That thing you had to force yourself to do-the actual act of writing-turns out to be the best part. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
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That thing you had to force yourself to do-the actual act of writing-turns out to be the best part.


Quote: Prayer usually means praise, or surrender, acknowledging that you have run out of bullets. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of white and red flower with green leaves
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Prayer usually means praise, or surrender, acknowledging that you have run out of bullets.


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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 that to withold love or blessings is to be completely delusional.


Quote: A good marriage is supposed to be one where each spouse secretly thinks he or she got the better deal. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of white and gray cat on brown wooden table
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A good marriage is supposed to be one where each spouse secretly thinks he or she got the better deal.


Quote: Writing can be a pretty desperate endeavor, because it is about some of our deepest needs: our need to be visible, to be heard, our need to make sense of our lives, to wake up and grow and belong. It is no wonder if we sometimes tend to take ourselves perhaps a bit too seriously. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of Anne Lamott quote; white text on black background

Writing can be a pretty desperate endeavor, because it is about some of our deepest needs: our need to be visible, to be heard, our need to make sense of our lives, to wake up and grow and belong. It is no wonder if we sometimes tend to take ourselves perhaps a bit too seriously.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 them. It's teatime and all the dolls are at the table. Listen. It's that simple.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 cream would feel cool and numbing. She said yes and then it would melt.


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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of brown squirrel on tree log
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There is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill up that hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder.




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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 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.


Quote: I naturally prefer the company of people who hold grudges, as long as they are not held against me. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of two white flowers
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I naturally prefer the company of people who hold grudges, as long as they are not held against me.


Quote: I still think they should write with everything they have, daily if possible, and for the rest of their lives. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of green trees on body of water during daytime
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I still think they should write with everything they have, daily if possible, and for the rest of their lives.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of photo of author Anne Lamott with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of sunset with storm clouds
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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.


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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of photo of author Anne Lamott with 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.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of galaxy wallpaper
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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.


Remember that you own what happened to you.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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: Nothing can be delicious when you are holding your breath. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of man kissing woman on forehead
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Nothing can be delicious when you are holding your breath.


Quote: We stitch together quilts of meaning to keep us warm and safe, with whatever patches of beauty and utility we have on hand. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of couple standing on grass field mountain
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We stitch together quilts of meaning to keep us warm and safe, with whatever patches of beauty and utility we have on hand.


Quote: Mostly what happens in the novels never happened in real life. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of four handheld gardening tools on rack
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Mostly what happens in the novels never happened in real life.


Quote: See how the fearful chandelier Trembles above you Each time you open your mouth To sing. Sing. --DONALD JUSTICE. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of pink flowers in vase
Photo Credit: Uljana Maljutina

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


Quote: Charles had once remarked that holding onto a resentment was like eating rat poison and waiting for the rat to die. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of brown butterfly
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Charles had once remarked that holding onto a resentment was like eating rat poison and waiting for the rat to die.


Quote: Where do we even start on the daily walk of restoration and awakening? We start where we are. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt and black skirt holding white leather belt
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Where do we even start on the daily walk of restoration and awakening? We start where we are.


Quote: First find a path, and a little light to see by. Then push up your sleeves and start helping. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of shallow focus orange and black butterfly
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First find a path, and a little light to see by. Then push up your sleeves and start helping.


Quote: I became a Christian before I got sober. So I was a drunk, bulimic Christian. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way
Photo Credit: Manouchehr Hejazi

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


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of white dog on sands between leafed plants
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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.


Quote: Being sober delivered almost everything drinking promised. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier
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Being sober delivered almost everything drinking promised.


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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of bird in the sky
Photo Credit: Lily Zhou

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.


Quote: At our most primitive we are storytellers and dancers. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of person forming heart shape with their hands
Photo Credit: Kristina Litvjak

At our most primitive we are storytellers and dancers.


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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of pink rose
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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.


Quote: Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all. Laugh, rest, slow down. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of woman about to kiss a tan puppy
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Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all. Laugh, rest, slow down.


Quote: The solution is always spiritual, and it almost never has anything to do with the problem ... laughter is carbonated holiness. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of person on road at sunset
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The solution is always spiritual, and it almost never has anything to do with the problem ... laughter is carbonated holiness.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of yellow and red color textile
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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.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 on the same day. Another secret is that laughter is carbonated holiness.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 might stand up over time, if there might be enough grace and forgiveness and memory lapses to help the whole shebang hang together.




Quote: Perfection is shallow, unreal, and fatally uninteresting. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of yellow and black butterfly perched on green leaf in close up photography during daytime
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Perfection is shallow, unreal, and fatally uninteresting.


Quote: The evidence is in, and you are the verdict. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime
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The evidence is in, and you are the verdict.


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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of grayscale photography of two men hugging
Photo Credit: Josue Escoto

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.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of pink lotus flower on clear body of water
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

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.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of two women walking around near mountain at daytime
Photo Credit: Clarisse Meyer

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.


Quote: Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of white and black cat on green grass field
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Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors.


Quote: 'Help' is a prayer that is always answered. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 1 US dollar banknote
Photo Credit: Giorgio Trovato

'Help' is a prayer that is always answered.


Quote: Quiet, deep breath after any prayer is another form of Amen. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress
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Quiet, deep breath after any prayer is another form of Amen.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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, youth, features, heights, weights, hair textures, upper arms.


Quote: If you have a body, you are entitled to the full range of feelings. It comes with the package. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of white and black soccer ball on grass field
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If you have a body, you are entitled to the full range of feelings. It comes with the package.


Quote: Life with most teenagers was like having a low-grade bladder infection. It hurts, but you had to tough it out. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of orange tabby cat
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Life with most teenagers was like having a low-grade bladder infection. It hurts, but you had to tough it out.


Quote: Gratitude, not understanding, is the secret to joy and equanimity. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour
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Gratitude, not understanding, is the secret to joy and equanimity.


Quote: Looking back on the God my friend believed in, he seems a little erratic, not entirely unlike her father -- God as borderline personality. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of red and brown maple leaves
Photo Credit: Chad Madden

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


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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of sunset with storm clouds
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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.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 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.


Quote: For me, being a writer is not an altered state. It's very ponderous, and very -- it's like being a shoemaker. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower at daytime
Photo Credit: Boris Smokrovic

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of pink tulip in bloom close up photo
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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.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 this either. He was just trying to take care of himself, and I made the radical decision to let him off the hook.


Quote: For twenty years I have ached to go back home, when there was nobody there to whom I could return. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of woman in black jacket standing near window
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For twenty years I have ached to go back home, when there was nobody there to whom I could return.


Quote: You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of cluster of stars in the sky
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You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: For some of us, good books and beautiful writing are our ultimate solace, even more comforting than exquisite food. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of couple sitting on sand during daytime
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For some of us, good books and beautiful writing are our ultimate solace, even more comforting than exquisite food.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of green and red trees during daytime
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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.


Quote: 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. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of 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 brokenness in our lives; while photos and a few rare objects show our pride, our rare shining moments ... these rooms are future ruins.


Quote: This is one thing they forget to mention in most child-rearing books, that at times you will just lose your mind. Period. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime
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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.


Quote: Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared, even the people who seem to have it more or less together. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of woman standing in green field
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Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared, even the people who seem to have it more or less together.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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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