ANNE LAMOTT QUOTES

American author (1954- )

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

ANNE LAMOTT, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year

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I ate a few chocolates and felt more animated. Then I crashed and was just as sad as I'd been before, but fatter and tired.

ANNE LAMOTT, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

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Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.

ANNE LAMOTT, Bird by Bird

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You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.

ANNE LAMOTT, Bird by Bird

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

ANNE LAMOTT, Grace (Eventually):Thoughts on Faith

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Joy is the best makeup.

ANNE LAMOTT, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

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I don't know why life isn't constructed to be seamless and safe, why we make such glaring mistakes, things fall so short of our expectations, and our hearts get broken and our kids do scary things and our parents get old and don't always remember to put pants on before they go out for a stroll. I don't know why it's not more like it is in the movies, why things don't come out neatly and lessons can't be learned when you're in the mood for learning them, why love and grace often come in such motley packaging.

ANNE LAMOTT, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

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Lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.

ANNE LAMOTT, Bird by Bird

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It's good to do uncomfortable things. It's weight training for life.

ANNE LAMOTT, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

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I'm very sad about Mitch McConnell probably getting to be Senate majority leader, if only for two years. To me, he is just everything that is wrong with the world, a bullying obstructionist blowhard liar (not to put too fine a point on it).

ANNE LAMOTT, Salon, Nov. 3, 2014

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Your anger and damage and grief are the way to the truth. We don't have much truth to express unless we have gone into those rooms and closets and woods and abysses that we were told not go in to. When we have gone in and looked around for a long while, just breathing and finally taking it in -- then we will be able to speak in our own voice and to stay in the present moment. And that moment is home.

ANNE LAMOTT, Bird by Bird

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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.

ANNE LAMOTT, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

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Hope is not about proving anything. It's about choosing to believe this one thing, that love is bigger than any grim, bleak shit anyone can throw at us.

ANNE LAMOTT, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

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Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.

ANNE LAMOTT, Bird by Bird

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Laughter is carbonated holiness.

ANNE LAMOTT, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

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I have a terrible time during elections. I am way too politically involved. I absolutely never argue politics with anyone, as it makes me crazy and full of judgment and hostility. I have two very conservative friends, whom I cherish and would entrust my life to; we avoid politics like the plague. So in a certain way, it limits how completely we let ourselves know each other, but this is just the way it is and it is the best we can do. And I am secretly convinced that God is a progressive Democrat.

ANNE LAMOTT, interview, Friends Journal, Jan. 30, 2013

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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, Bird by Bird

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You keep working on your piece over and over, trying to get the sections and paragraphs and sentences and the whole just right, but there's a point at which you can tell you've begun hurting the work with your perfectionism. Then you have to release the work to new eyes.

ANNE LAMOTT, "Q&A: Anne Lamott", San Diego Magazine, Jan. 27, 2014

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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, Salon, Nov. 3, 2014

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

ANNE LAMOTT, interview, Friends Journal, Jan. 30, 2013

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