Anne Lamott

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Anne Lamott (born 10 April 1954) is an American novelist and non-fiction writer.


  • ..I thought the secret of life was obvious: be here now, love as if your whole life depended on it, find your life's work, and try to get hold of a giant panda.
    • Hard Laughter
  • 100 years from now? All new people.
    • All New People
  • 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.
    • Traveling Mercies; on page 22 of Bird by Bird she attributes this to "my priest friend Tom"
  • Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison, and then waiting around for the rat to die.
    • Traveling Mercies
  • Laughter is carbonated holiness.
    • Plan B
  • 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.
    • Bird by Bird
  • Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.
    • Bird by Bird
  • Joy is the best makeup.
    • Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith
  • Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.
    • Facebook post, 4/8/15
  • So Rita and I decided that the most subversive, revolutionary thing I could do was to show up for my life and not be ashamed.
    • Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year

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