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  • #1
    Mark Twain
    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
    Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

  • #2
    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

  • #3
    Anne Lamott
    “Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.”
    Anne Lamott

  • #4
    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

  • #5
    Anne Lamott
    “You can either practice being right or practice being kind.”
    Anne Lamott

  • #6
    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

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

  • #9
    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

  • #10
    Anne Lamott
    “E.L. Doctorow said once said that 'Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.' You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”
    Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

  • #11
    Anne Lamott
    “If you have a body, you are entitled to the full range of feelings. It comes with the package.”
    Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

  • #12
    Anne Lamott
    “...because when people have seen you at their worst, you don't have to put on the mask as much.”
    Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

  • #13
    Anne Lamott
    “Certainty is missing the point entirely.”
    Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

  • #14
    Anne Lamott
    “The difference between you and God is that God doesn't think He's you. ”
    Anne Lamott

  • #15
    Anne Lamott
    “Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?”
    Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

  • #16
    Anne Lamott
    “Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue”
    Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

  • #17
    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, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

  • #18
    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

  • #19
    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

  • #20
    Anne Lamott
    “Part of me loves and respects men so desperately, and part of me thinks they are so embarrassingly incompetent at life and in love. You have to teach them the very basics of emotional literacy. You have to teach them how to be there for you, and part of me feels tender toward them and gentle, and part of me is so afraid of them, afraid of any more violation.”
    Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year
    tags: men

  • #21
    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

  • #22
    Anne Lamott
    “It turned out this man worked for the Dalai Lama. And she said gently-that they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born-and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible.”
    Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

  • #23
    Anne Lamott
    “Rosie [her teenage daughter] had a secret life now, was putting together her own tribe, finding her identity there, and it was great to see, and it hurt like hell.”
    Anne Lamott, Imperfect Birds

  • #24
    Anne Lamott
    “Age has given me the gift of me, it just gave me what I was always longing for, which was to get to be the woman I've already dreamt of being. Which is somebody who can do rest and do hard work and be a really constant companion, a constant tender-hearted wife to myself.”
    Anne Lamott

  • #25
    Anne Lamott
    “No one has expressed it better than a great novelist I heard once on a talk show who said something like "You want to know the price I pay for being a writer? Okay, I'll tell you. I travel by plane a great deal. And I'm usually seated next to some huge businessman who works on files or his laptop computer for a while, and then notices me and asks me what I do. And I say I'm a writer. Then there's always a terrible silence. Then he says eagerly, 'Have you written anything I might have heard of?”
    Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

  • #26
    Anne Lamott
    “Everyone, from almost every tradition, agrees on five things. Rule 1: We are all family. Rule 2: You reap exactly what you sow, that is, you cannot grow tulips from zucchini seeds. Rule 3: Try to breathe every few minutes or so. Rule 4: It helps beyond words to plant bulbs in the dark of winter. Rule 5: It is immoral to hit first. [pp.313-314]”
    Anne Lamott

  • #27
    Jacquelyn Mitchard
    “When someone you love that much leaves you behind there isn't as much of you left to die when your own time comes.”
    Jacquelyn Mitchard

  • #28
    Jacquelyn Mitchard
    “I do a great deal of research. I don’t want anyone to say, ‘That could not have happened.’ It may be fiction, but it has to be true.”
    Jacquelyn Mitchard

  • #29
    Khaled Hosseini
    “Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.”
    Khaled Hosseini

  • #30
    “I learned a long time ago writing does soothe the soul. Our deepest feelings grasp our hands and as fast as you think of it your utmost feelings is in plain view. "A wisp of a thought brought to life.”
    Darlene Cruz



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