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  • #1
    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


  • #2
    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


  • #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 either practice being right or practice being kind.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #5
    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


  • #6
    Anne Lamott
    “Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #7
    Anne Lamott
    “Your problem is how you are going to spend this one 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 circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.”
    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
    “I think joy and sweetness and affection are a spiritual path. We're here to know God, to love and serve God, and to be blown away by the beauty and miracle of nature. You just have to get rid of so much baggage to be light enough to dance, to sing, to play. You don't have time to carry grudges; you don't have time to cling to the need to be right.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #10
    Anne Lamott
    “Laughter is carbonated holiness.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #11
    Anne Lamott
    “A good marriage is where both people feel like they're getting the better end of the deal.”
    Anne Lamott, Joe Jones


  • #12
    Anne Lamott
    “I am all the ages I've ever been.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #13
    Anne Lamott
    “I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. 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, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


  • #14
    Anne Lamott
    “No" is a complete sentence.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #15
    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


  • #16
    Anne Lamott
    “Joy is the best makeup.”
    Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith


  • #17
    Anne Lamott
    “Expectations are resentments under construction.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #18
    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


  • #19
    Anne Lamott
    “When God is going to do something wonderful, He or She always starts with a hardship; when God is going to do something amazing, He or She starts with an impossibility. ”
    Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith


  • #20
    Anne Lamott
    “But you can’t get to any of these truths by sitting in a field smiling beatifically, avoiding your anger and damage and grief. 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


  • #21
    Anne Lamott
    “I worry that Jesus drinks himself to sleep when he hears me talk like this.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #22
    Anne Lamott
    “I liked those ladies! They were helpers, and they danced.' These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced.”
    Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith


  • #23
    Anne Lamott
    “She said to go ahead and feel the feelings. I did. They felt like shit.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #24
    Anne Lamott
    “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


  • #25
    Anne Lamott
    “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.”
    Anne Lamott


  • #26
    Anne Lamott
    “The difference between you and God is that God doesn't think He's you. ”
    Anne Lamott


  • #27
    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


  • #28
    Anne Lamott
    “Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived...Tidiness makes me think of held breath, of suspended animation... Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist's true friend. What people somehow forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here.”
    Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life




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