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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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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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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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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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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If you have a problem you can solve by throwing money at it, you don't have a very interesting problem.

ANNE LAMOTT, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

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At some point I started getting published, and experienced a meager knock-kneed standing in the literary world, and I started to get almost everything that many of you graduates are hoping for--except for the money. I got a lot of things that society had promised would make me whole and fulfilled--all the things that the culture tells you, from preschool on, will quiet the throbbing anxiety inside you. I got some stature, the respect of other writers, even a low-grade fame. The culture says these things will save you, as long as you also manage to keep your weight down. But the culture lies.

ANNE LAMOTT, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

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Creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.

ANNE LAMOTT, "Time Lost and Found", Sunset

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The beauty of modesty ... a virtue the world doesn't have much truck with: one ordinary flower in a vase, as opposed to a bouquet.

ANNE LAMOTT, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

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Grief is just so scary.... If we finally begin to cry all those suppressed tears, they will surely wash us away like the Mississippi River. That's what our parents told us. We got sent to our rooms for having huge feelings. In my family, if you cried or got angry, you didn't get dinner.

ANNE LAMOTT, Salon, Nov. 3, 2014

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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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I am all the ages I've ever been.

ANNE LAMOTT, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

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