Anne Lamott 1

If the present is really all we have, then the present lasts forever.
Anne Lamott

I was raised by my parents to believe that you had a moral obligation to try and help save the world.
Anne Lamott

All parents are an embarrassment to their kids. Often, grandparents are the relief. Kids don’t have to resist you.
Anne Lamott

If you don’t die of thirst, there are blessings in the desert. You can be pulled into limitlessness, which we all yearn for, or you can do the beauty of minutiae, the scrimshaw of tiny and precise. The sky is your ocean, and the crystal silence will uplift you like great gospel music, or Neil Young.
Anne Lamott

I got a lot of things that society had promised would make me whole and fulfilled – all the things that the culture tells you from preschool on will quiet the throbbing anxiety inside you – stature, the respect of colleagues, maybe even a kind of low-grade fame.
Anne Lamott

The worst part about celebrating another birthday is the shock that you’re only as well as you are.
Anne Lamott

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

You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.
Anne Lamott

We must not inflict life on children who will be resented; we must not inflict unwanted children on society.
Anne Lamott

I’ve written six novels and four pieces of nonfiction, so I don’t really have a genre these days.
Anne Lamott

Seeing yourself in print is such an amazing concept: you can get so much attention without having to actually show up somewhere… You don’t have to dress up, for instance, and you can’t hear them boo you right away.
Anne Lamott

It was simple reality – most competitive tennis players in my day were privileged, spoiled, entitled and white. Also, many of them were beautiful, fit, tan and of good stock – great big hair and white teeth and long legs. Then there were the rest of us.
Anne Lamott

No one is more sentimentalized in America than mothers on Mother’s Day, but no one is more often blamed for the culture’s bad people and behavior.
Anne Lamott

You want to give me chocolate and flowers? That would be great. I love them both. I just don’t want them out of guilt, and I don’t want them if you’re not going to give them to all the people who helped mother our children.
Anne Lamott

I don’t want something special. I want something beautifully plain.
Anne Lamott

I’m drawn to almost any piece of writing with the words ‘divine love’ and ‘impeachment’ in the first sentence. But I know the word ‘divine’ makes many progressive people run screaming for their cute little lives, and so one hesitates to use it.
Anne Lamott

My mother’s eyes were large and brown, like my son’s, but unlike Sam’s, they were always frantic, like a hummingbird who can’t quite find the flower but keeps jabbing around.
Anne Lamott

I see that children fill the existential hollowness many people feel; that when we have children, we know they will need us, and maybe love us, but we don’t have a clue how hard it is going to be.
Anne Lamott

I didn’t write about my mother much in the third year after she died. I was still trying to get my argument straight: When her friends or our relatives wondered why I was still so hard on her, I could really lay out the case for what it had been like to be raised by someone who had loathed herself, her husband, even her own name.
Anne Lamott

No one can appropriate God, goodness, the Bible or Jesus. It just seems that way.
Anne Lamott

The first holy truth in God 101 is that men and women of true faith have always had to accept the mystery of God’s identity and love and ways. I hate that, but it’s the truth.
Anne Lamott

A whole lot of us believers, of all different religions, are ready to turn back the tide of madness by walking together, in both the dark and the light – in other words, through life – registering voters as we go, and keeping the faith.
Anne Lamott

When we’re dealing with the people in our family – no matter how annoying or gross they may be, no matter how self-inflicted their suffering may appear, no matter how afflicted they are with ignorance, prejudice or nose hairs – we give from the deepest parts of ourselves.
Anne Lamott

I would seriously rather be in a long line at the DMV than eat with people I don’t know.
Anne Lamott

It’s a great time to be alive.
Anne Lamott

I used to tell my writing students that they must write the books they wished they could come upon – because then the books they hungered and thirsted for would exist.
Anne Lamott

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