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Anne Lamott Quotes

Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott quotes: beautifully-worded lessons from the writer.

“Life is change and what we need is muscle, flexibility, and awareness.”

“The dream must be vivid and continuous.”

“How do you begin? The answer is simple: you decide to.”

“When we search for something larger than our own selves to hook into, we can come through whatever life throws at us.”

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

“If courage is not there, if the possibility of things getting better is not there, listen a little harder.”

“If we stay where we are, where we’re stuck, where we’re comfortable and safe, we die there. We become like mushrooms, living in the dark, with poop up to our chins. If you want to know only what you already know, you’re dying. You’re saying: ‘Leave me alone; I don’t mind this little rathole. It’s warm and dry. Really, it’s fine.'”

“It’s good to do uncomfortable things. It’s weight training for life.”

“You get your confidence and intuition back by trusting yourself, by being militantly on your own side. You need to trust yourself.”

“Once you know where true is, it defines everything else that has to happen.”

“All freedom comes from discipline.”

“You try to sit down at approximately the same time every day. This is how you train your unconscious to kick in for you creatively.”

“Everything slows down when we listen and stop trying to fix the unfixable.”

“But easy’s like, who cares? Easy’s like, how much is easy going to get you?”

“Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived.”

“You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t. You take the action, and the insight follows. You don’t think your way into becoming yourself.”

“You can either practice being right or practice being kind.”

“The lesson here is that there is no fix. There is, however, forgiveness. To forgive yourselves and others constantly is necessary. Not only is everyone screwed up, but everyone screws up.”

“Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.”

“Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.”

“It’s incredibly touching when someone who seems so hopeless finds a few inches of light to stand in and makes everything work as well as possible. All of us lurch and fall, sit in the dirt, are helped to our feet, keep moving, feel like idiots, lose our balance, gain it, help others get back on their feet, and keep going.”

“When you’re kind to people, and you pay attention, you make a field of comfort around them, and you get it back. The Golden Rule meets the Law of Karma meets Murphy’s Law.”

“Your experiences will be yours alone. But truth and best friendship will rarely if ever disappoint you.”

“Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there.”

“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.”

“When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens.”

“Hope is not about proving anything. It’s about choosing to believe this one thing—that love is bigger than any grim, bleak sh*t anyone can throw at us.”

“Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all.”

“Laughter is carbonated holiness.”

“The opposite of faith is not doubt, it’s certainty.”

“Rule 1: When all else fails, follow instructions. And Rule 2: Don’t be an asshole.”

“If you have a body, you are entitled to the full range of feelings. It comes with the package.”

“I am positive of only a few things in life, and one is that if you want to have a decent middle and old age, you have to get exercise almost every day.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious. When you’re conscious and writing from a place of insight and simplicity and real caring about the truth, you have the ability to throw the lights on for your reader. He or she will recognize his or her life and truth in what you say, in the pictures you have painted, and this decreases the terrible sense of isolation that we have all had too much of.”

“The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.”

“There’s something about reading quotes that centers me and helps me start looking up at the sky instead of down at my feet.”

“I feel incredibly successful. I make a living as a writer and am able to help support a big family, my church, my bleeding-heart causes.”

“Every one of us sometimes needs a tour guide to remind us how big and deep life is meant to be.”

“What you’re looking for is already inside you. You can’t buy it, lease it, rent it, date it, or apply for it. The best job in the world can’t give it to you. Neither can success, or fame, or financial security.”

“Maybe all we can do is make our remaining time here full of gentleness and good humor.”

“Gratitude, not understanding, is the secret to joy and equanimity.”

“To love yourself as you are is a miracle, and to see yourself is to have found yourself, for now. And now is all we have, and love is who we are.”

“Where do we even start on the daily walk of restoration and awakening? We start where we are.”

“There is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill up that hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder.”

“Age has given me what I was looking for my entire life: it has given me me. It has provided time and experience and failures and triumphs and time-tested friends who have helped me step into the shape that was waiting for me. I fit into me now. I have an organic life, finally, not necessarily the one people imagined for me, or tried to get me to have. I have the life I longed for. I have become the woman I hardly dared imagine I would be.”

“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.”

“Look back on your life and find something small that made a big difference.”

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