Anne Lamott Quotes

- Notable Anne Lamott Quotes Index -

Born: April 10, 1954, San Francisco, California, USA
Birth Country: USA
Occupation: Author

1.
A whole lot of us believers, of all different religions, are ready to turn back the tide of madness by walking together, in both the dark and the light - in other words, through life - registering voters as we go, and keeping the faith.
- Anne Lamott

2.
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. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.
- Anne Lamott

3.
I am the woman I grew to be partly in spite of my mother, and partly because of the extraordinary love of her best friends, and my own best friends' mothers, and from surrogates, many of whom were not women at all but gay men. I have loved them my entire life, even after their passing.
- Anne Lamott

4.
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 - stature, the respect of colleagues, maybe even a kind of low-grade fame.
- Anne Lamott

5.
I like the desert for short periods of time, from inside a car, with the windows rolled up, and the doors locked. I prefer beach resorts with room service.
- Anne Lamott

6.
I love readings and my readers, but the din of voices of the audience gives me stage fright, and the din of voices inside whisper that I am a fraud, and that the jig is up. Surely someone will rise up from the audience and say out loud that not only am I not funny and helpful, but I'm annoying, and a phony.
- Anne Lamott

7.
I woke up full of hate and fear the day before the most recent peace march in San Francisco. This was disappointing: I'd hoped to wake up feeling somewhere between Virginia Woolf and Wavy Gravy.
- Anne Lamott

8.
If you don't die of thirst, there are blessings in the desert. You can be pulled into limitlessness, which we all yearn for, or you can do the beauty of minutiae, the scrimshaw of tiny and precise. The sky is your ocean, and the crystal silence will uplift you like great gospel music, or Neil Young.
- Anne Lamott

9.
Most of me was glad when my mother died. She was a handful, but not in a cute, festive way. More in a life-threatening way, that had caused me a long time ago to give up all hope of ever feeling good about having had her as a mother.
- Anne Lamott

10.
My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pads, round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew. Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land, and in this way I moved across the swamp of doubt and fear.
- Anne Lamott

11.
My parents, and librarians along the way, taught me about the space between words about the margins, where so many juicy moments of life and spirit and friendship could be found. In a library, you could find miracles and truth and you might find something that would make you laugh so hard that you get shushed, in the friendliest way.
- Anne Lamott

12.
Pay attention to the beauty surrounding you.
- Anne Lamott

13.
Seeing yourself in print is such an amazing concept: you can get so much attention without having to actually show up somewhere... You don't have to dress up, for instance, and you can't hear them boo you right away.
- Anne Lamott

14.
Some people seem to understand this - that life and change take time - but I am not one of those people.
- Anne Lamott

15.
Some people won't go the extra mile, and then on their birthday, when no one makes a fuss, they feel neglected and bitter.
- Anne Lamott

16.
The earth is rocky and full of roots it's clay, and it seems doomed and polluted, but you dig little holes for the ugly shriveled bulbs, throw in a handful of poppy seeds, and cover it all over, and you know you'll never see it again - it's death and clay and shrivel, and your hands are nicked from the rocks, your nails black with soil.
- Anne Lamott

17.
The first holy truth in God 101 is that men and women of true faith have always had to accept the mystery of God's identity and love and ways. I hate that, but it's the truth.
- Anne Lamott

18.
The reason I never give up hope is because everything is so basically hopeless.
- Anne Lamott

19.
The worst part about celebrating another birthday is the shock that you're only as well as you are.
- Anne Lamott

20.
We can't understand when we're pregnant, or when our siblings are expecting, how profound it is to have a shared history with a younger generation: blood, genes, humor. It means we were actually here, on Earth, for a time - like the Egyptians with their pyramids, only with children.
- Anne Lamott

21.
We must not inflict life on children who will be resented we must not inflict unwanted children on society.
- Anne Lamott

22.
When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens.
- Anne Lamott

23.
When we're dealing with the people in our family - no matter how annoying or gross they may be, no matter how self-inflicted their suffering may appear, no matter how afflicted they are with ignorance, prejudice or nose hairs - we give from the deepest parts of ourselves.
- Anne Lamott

24.
You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.
- Anne Lamott

25.
Your experiences will be yours alone. But truth and best friendship will rarely if ever disappoint you.
- Anne Lamott

26.
Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd and precious life you have been issued. Whether you're going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.
- Anne Lamott

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