Quotes by Anne Lamott

A hundred years from now? All new people.
– Anne Lamott
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.
– Anne Lamott
Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor.
– 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
Your problem is how you are going to spend this one odd 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 people and circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.
– Anne Lamott
Your experiences will be yours alone. But truth and best friendship will rarely if ever disappoint you.
– 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
When hope is not pinned wriggling onto a shiny image or expectation, it sometimes floats forth and opens.
– Anne Lamott
We must not inflict life on children who will be resented we must not inflict unwanted children on society.
– Anne Lamott
We can't understand when we're pregnant, or when our siblings are expecting, how profound it is to have a shared history with a younger generation: blood, genes, humor. It means we were actually here, on Earth, for a time - like the Egyptians with their pyramids, only with children.
– Anne Lamott
The worst part about celebrating another birthday is the shock that you're only as well as you are.
– Anne Lamott
The reason I never give up hope is because everything is so basically hopeless.
– 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
The earth is rocky and full of roots it's clay, and it seems doomed and polluted, but you dig little holes for the ugly shriveled bulbs, throw in a handful of poppy seeds, and cover it all over, and you know you'll never see it again - it's death and clay and shrivel, and your hands are nicked from the rocks, your nails black with soil.
– Anne Lamott
Some people won't go the extra mile, and then on their birthday, when no one makes a fuss, they feel neglected and bitter.
– Anne Lamott
Some people seem to understand this - that life and change take time - but I am not one of those people.
– 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
Pay attention to the beauty surrounding you.
– Anne Lamott
My parents, and librarians along the way, taught me about the space between words about the margins, where so many juicy moments of life and spirit and friendship could be found. In a library, you could find miracles and truth and you might find something that would make you laugh so hard that you get shushed, in the friendliest way.
– Anne Lamott
My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pads, round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew. Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land, and in this way I moved across the swamp of doubt and fear.
– Anne Lamott