MacKenzie Bezos Quotes

MacKenzie S Tuttle

MacKenzie Bezos quotes: JB’s ex spills the tea.

“Life is full of things that feel like traps.  Our own weaknesses and mistakes.  Unlucky accidents.  The violence done to us by others.  But they’re not always what they seem.  Sometimes later we see that they led us where we needed to go.”

“I would say… that the things that we worry over the most in life, the things that we feel trapped by, the mistakes we’ve made, the bad luck that we come across, the accidents that happen to us, the paradoxes – in the end, oftentimes, those things are the things that we’ll look back and be the most grateful for.  They take us where we need to go.”

“When you have a child, you get a surge of ambition, or a surge of hormonal urgency, to get something done, something worthy of your new station in life.”

“I would much rather have a kid with nine fingers than a resourceless kid.”

“I acknowledge that having a husband who is worth $20 billion is a stroke of luck – especially for someone who wants to write literary fiction, not the most lucrative profession in the world – but I’m also smart enough to know my luck began long before Jeff Bezos showed up in my life.”

“I am definitely a lottery winner of a certain kind.  And it makes my life wonderful in many ways, but that’s not the lottery I feel defined by.  The fact that I got wonderful parents who believed in education and never doubted I could be a writer, the fact that I have a spouse I love, those are the things that define me.”

“To me, watching your spouse, somebody that you love, have an adventure – what is better than that?”

“I’ve always been a morning person.  I just love it.  I’m always amazed when I come across a writer who does their writing after they’ve lived a whole day.”

“Writing is such a ‘pretend’ profession.  Nobody is counting on you at all.  You can’t ‘pretend’ to be a lawyer or a teacher.  It takes a lot of grit to continue.  Kids, on the other hand, have an urgent need to be taken care of.  After the third child, I knew I couldn’t be the kind of parent I wanted to be and continue writing.  Those years were just too busy.”

“I wrote my first book when I was six… every day after school I’d write a little bit and by the end of the year I had a 142 page book called The Book Worm.”

“My first book took me eight years of daily work, and a fair amount of tears, to complete.  Fear and shame made me want to finish.  ‘Aspiring novelist’ is not a job title that does a lot for your ego.”

“I am a better person when I am writing.  And I am probably a better mother because I can focus all that laser attention on these characters rather than worrying about my kids.”

“I am a self-described introvert and had that feeling of stage fright before a firing squad before my first reading.  However, I carried it off fine and it came across as well-accomplished.”

“Jeff is the opposite of me.  He likes to meet people.  He’s a very social guy.  Cocktail parties for me can be nerve-racking.  The brevity of conversations, the number of them – it’s not my sweet spot.  I prefer jeans and a t-shirt.”

“Jeff Bezos was one of the best readers of my writing.  He would take a day off to read my manuscript and give me thorough notes.  However, my second novel, Traps, I held off showing him the Traps manuscript.  Not talking about it to Jeff gave me an extremely rewarding carrot.  The sooner I finished, the sooner I could share it with him and talk about these characters who had been taking up so much space in my head.  By the last three months, they were so real and important to me, I could start crying just thinking about them while driving to pick up the kids from school.”

“There are lots of resources each of us can pull from our safes to share with others – time, attention, knowledge, patience, creativity, talent, effort, humor, compassion.”

“And sure enough, something greater rises up every time we give: the easy breathing of a friend we sit with when we had other plans, the relief on our child’s face when we share the story of our own mistake, laughter at the well-timed joke we tell to someone who is crying, the excitement of the kids in the school we send books to, the safety of the families who sleep in the shelters we fund.  These immediate results are only the beginning.  Their value keeps multiplying and spreading in ways we may never know.”

“I have no doubt that tremendous value comes when people act quickly on the impulse to give.  We each come by the gifts we have to offer by an infinite series of influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand.  In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share.  My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful.  It will take time and effort and care.  But I won’t wait.  And I will keep at it until the safe is empty.”

“A quote from Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life: ‘Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book.  The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now.  Something more will arise for later, something better.  Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you.  You open your safe and find ashes.'”

“[On divorce] If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it all again.  We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other.”

“I am happy to be giving my ex-husband – the richest man in the world – all of my interests in The Washington Post and rocket developer Blue Origin.  I am also granting him 75% of our shared Amazon stock, including voting control.”

“Excited about my own plans.  Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next.”

Cory Johnson: Your mom’s last Uber driver’s stepson’s third favorite writer. Net worth of $11 million dollars. Says, “Watch this sh*t.”