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I am skittish about relationships, as most of the marriages I’ve seen up close have been ruinous for one or both parties.
Anne Lamott

I’ve heard people say that God is the gift of desperation, and there’s a lot to be said for having really reached a bottom where you’ve run out of any more good ideas or plans for everybody else’s behavior; or how to save and fix and rescue; or just get out of a huge mess, possibly of your own creation.
Anne Lamott

We’re often ashamed of asking for so much help because it seems selfish or petty or narcissistic, but I think, if there’s a God – and I believe there is – that God is there to help. That’s what God’s job is.
Anne Lamott

I was raised with no religious training or influence. Except the influence was to be a moral and ethical person at the secular level. And to be a peace marcher, an activist for civil rights, peace and justice.
Anne Lamott

I’m much calmer as I get older, but I’m still just as capable of getting that strung-out stressed-out feeling of mental and spiritual unwellness.
Anne Lamott
Spiritual, Feeling, Mental
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

I like to read away as much of the afternoon as possible, until real life rears its ugly head.
Anne Lamott

I read the same amount of nonfiction and fiction.
Anne Lamott

Alice Adams wrote a sweet note to me after my first novel came out when I was 26, and I was so blown away that I sent her a bunch of stamps by return mail. I have no idea what I was thinking. It was a star-struck impulse.
Anne Lamott

E-books are great for instant gratification – you see a review somewhere of a book that interests you, and you can start reading it five minutes later.
Anne Lamott

Evangelical Christians and I can sit down and talk one on one about how much we love Jesus, and yet I’m not carried in Christian bookstores.
Anne Lamott

I go to church every Sunday, which is like going to the gas station once a week and really, really filling up.
Anne Lamott

I have a very dark sense of humor. I swear. I have a very playful relationship with Jesus.
Anne Lamott

Sometimes I think God loves the ones who most desperately ache and are most desperately lost – his or her wildest, most messed-up children – the way you’d ache and love a screwed-up rebel daughter in juvenile hall.
Anne Lamott

I just try to love and serve everyone, and bring everyone water, and lend an ear; that’s what Jesus said to do.
Anne Lamott

I’ve heard that our greatest cross to carry is ourselves – how gravely we fall short.
Anne Lamott

Most marriages are a mess, and the children get caught between two bitter, antagonistic parents. My parents stayed married for 27 unhappy years, till their kids were grown, and this was a catastrophe for us.
Anne Lamott

I wish I had thrown out the bathroom scale at age 16. Weighing yourself every morning is like waking up and asking Dick Cheney to validate your sense of inner worth.
Anne Lamott

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.
Anne Lamott

I am an Aries. Although I do not believe in astrology, I think this is exactly the right sign to have been born under.
Anne Lamott

I write because writing is the gift God has given me to help people in the world.
Anne Lamott

I try to write the books I would love to come upon that are honest, concerned with real lives, human hearts, spiritual transformation, families, secrets, wonder, craziness – and that can make me laugh.
Anne Lamott

I’m kind of a gossip hound, but watching the media whip the small fires into giant forest fires so that they can cover the result is infuriating.
Anne Lamott

I don’t have very sophisticated taste in music. I listen to a lot of folk music. I like reggae.
Anne Lamott

I’d like to learn to meditate with more enthusiasm. I can sit down and get quiet for 20 minutes, but it just has not been a part of my Christianity at all.
Anne Lamott

Left to my own devices, my first inclination is to mess in other people’s lives. I secretly believe my whole family, and really the whole world, is my responsibility.
Anne Lamott

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