50+ Best Anne Lamott Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Anne Lamott is an American novelist and non-fiction writer. She is also a progressive political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher. Profoundly inspirational Anne Lamott quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Anne Lamott Quotes

Butterflies and birds are like one perfect teaspoon of creation.

I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.

And I felt like my heart had been so thoroughly and irreparably broken that there could be no real joy again.

Your unconscious can’t work when you are breathing down its neck.

These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper and that I danced.

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.

You can either practice being right or practice being kind.

Sometimes grace is a ribbon of mountain air that gets in through the cracks.

We are who we love, we are one, and we are autonomous.

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

I’ve known for years that resentments don’t hurt the person we resent, but they do hurt us.

My mind is a neighborhood I try not to go into alone.

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.

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

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.

My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I’m grateful for it the way I’m grateful for the ocean.

They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.

…the three things I cannot change are the past, the truth, and you.

I think we’re all pretty crazy on this bus. I’m not sure I know anyone who’s got all the dots on his or her dice.

Inspirational Anne Lamott Quotes

Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all.

One thing I know for sure about raising children is that every single day a kid needs discipline… But also every single day a kid needs a break.

I’m probably just as good a mother as the next repressed, obsessive-compulsive paranoiac.

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

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.

This is one thing they forget to mention in most child-rearing books, that at times you will just lose your mind. Period.

My heart was broken, and my head was just barely inhabitable.

Summer nearly does me in every year. It’s too hot, and the light is unforgiving, and the days go on way too long.

You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it too.

A good marriage is where both people feel like they’re getting the better end of the deal.

Having a baby is like suddenly getting the world’s worst roommate.

The reason life works at all is that not everyone in your tribe is nuts on the same day.

Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.

The reason I never give up hope is that everything is so basically hopeless.

If you want to make God laugh, tell her your plans.

Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.

Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances.

I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.

For me, Jesus is my cleft in the rock. He is my safest friend, my safe, totally loving accepting big brother.

It was not facing what life dealt that made you crazy, but rather trying to set life straight where it was unstraightenable.

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people.

If you have a body, you are entitled to the full range of feelings. It comes with the package.

Oh, but my stomach, she is like a waterbed covered in flannel. When I lie on my side in bed, my stomach lies politely beside me, like a puppy.

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

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

I did not raise my son, Sam, to celebrate Mother’s Day. I didn’t want him to feel some obligation to buy me pricey lunches or flowers, some annual display of gratitude that you have to grit your teeth and endure.

Joy is the best makeup.

It’s good to do uncomfortable things. It’s weight training for life.

I was the angriest daughter on earth, and also, one of the most devoted.

Mother’s Day celebrates a huge lie about the value of women: that mothers are superior beings, that they have done more with their lives and chosen a more difficult path.

But it was the singing that pulled me in and split me wide open.