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  • #1
    If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how
    “If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


  • #2
    J.D. Salinger
    “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye


  • #3
    Anne Lamott
    “For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
    Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


  • #4
    Anne Lamott
    “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


  • #5
    Anne Lamott
    “I do not understand the mystery of grace -- only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #6
    Anne Lamott
    “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.”
    Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


  • #7
    Anne Lamott
    “I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #8
    Anne Lamott
    “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: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


  • #9
    Anne Lamott
    “Laughter is carbonated holiness.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #10
    Anne Lamott
    “A good marriage is where both people feel like they're getting the better end of the deal.”
    Anne Lamott, Joe Jones


  • #11
    Anne Lamott
    “I have a lot of faith. But I am also afraid a lot, and have no real certainty about anything. I remembered something Father Tom had told me--that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.”
    Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith


  • #12
    Anne Lamott
    “It's funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools - friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty - and said 'do the best you can with these, they will have to do'. And mostly, against all odds, they do.”
    Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith


  • #13
    Anne Lamott
    “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


  • #14
    Anne Lamott
    “Jealousy always has been my cross, the weakness and woundedness in me that has most often caused me to feel ugly and unlovable, like the Bad Seed. I’ve had many years of recovery and therapy, years filled with intimate and devoted friendships, yet I still struggle. I know that when someone gets a big slice of pie, it doesn’t mean there’s less for me. In fact, I know that there isn’t even a pie, that there’s plenty to go around, enough food and love and air.

    But I don’t believe it for a second.

    I secretly believe there’s a pie. I will go to my grave brandishing my fork.”
    Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith


  • #15
    Anne Lamott
    “Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. You're done. It doesn't necessarily mean that you want to have lunch with the person. If you keep hitting back, you stay trapped in the nightmare...”
    Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith


  • #16
    Anne Lamott
    “If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work. Write straight into the emotional center of things. Write toward vulnerability. Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act—truth is always subversive.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #17
    Anne Lamott
    “We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #18
    Anne Lamott
    “Sometimes grace is a ribbon of mountain air that gets in through the cracks.”
    Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith


  • #19
    Anne Lamott
    “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, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith


  • #20
    David James Duncan
    “Anyone too undisciplined, too self-righteous or too self-centered to live in the world as it is has a tendency to idealize a world which ought to be. But no matter what political or religious direction such idealists choose, their visions always share one telling characteristic: in their utopias, heavens or brave new worlds, their greatest personal weakness suddenly appears to be a strength.”
    David James Duncan, The Brothers K


  • #21
    David James Duncan
    “The bad thing about falling into pieces is that it hurts. The good thing about it is that once you're lying there in shards you've got nothing left to protect, and so have no reason not to be honest”
    David James Duncan


  • #22
    David James Duncan
    “Music is just a word for something we love largely because it consists of things that words can't express. Likewise, the heart is just a word for something in us that music sometimes touches. ”
    David James Duncan, River Teeth


  • #23
    David James Duncan
    “In a head-on collision with Fanatics, the real problem is always the same: how can we possibly behave decently toward people so arrogantly ignorant that they believe, first, that they possess Christ's power to bestow salvation, second, that forcing us to memorize and regurgitate a few of their favorite Bible phrases and attend their church is that salvation, and third, that any discomfort, frustration, anger or disagreement we express in the face of their moronic barrages is due not to their astounding effrontery but to our sinfulness?”
    David James Duncan, The Brothers K


  • #24
    David James Duncan
    “Punctuationally speaking, wonder is a period at the end of a statement we've long taken for granted, suddenly looking up and seeing the sinuous curve of a tall black hat on its head, and realizing it was a question mark all along.”
    David James Duncan, My Story as told by Water: Confessions, Druidic rants, reflections, bird-watchings, fish-stalkings, visions, songs and prayers refracting light, from living rivers, in the age of the industrial dark


  • #25
    David James Duncan
    “Our lack of community is intensely painful. A TV talk show is not community. A couple of hours in a church pew each Sabbath is not community. A multinational corporation is neither a human nor a community, and in the sweatshops, defiled agribusiness fields, genetic mutation labs, ecological dead zones, the inhumanity is showing. Without genuine spiritual community, life becomes a struggle so lonely and grim that even Hillary Clinton has admitted "it takes a village".”
    David James Duncan


  • #26
    David James Duncan
    “... the best way to strip the allure and dreaminess from a lifelong dream is, very often, simply to have it come true.”
    David James Duncan


  • #27
    Henri J.M. Nouwen
    “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
    Henri J.M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life


  • #28
    Henri J.M. Nouwen
    “Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.”
    Henri J.M. Nouwen


  • #29
    Henri J.M. Nouwen
    “A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.”
    Henri J.M. Nouwen


  • #30
    Henri J.M. Nouwen
    “Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.”
    Henri J.M. Nouwen




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