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Saturday, August 20, 2011

In Honor of Anne Lamott - some quotes from her

I had a great Anne Lamott quote on my sig line and then today found some others I thought I'd share:
 
On Reading and Writing:
"For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die."
Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
 
"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They depen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship."
Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
 
On Life:
"You will lose someone you can’t live without,and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp."  Anne Lamott

"You can either practice being right or practice being kind." Anne Lamott
 
"Your problem is how you are going to spend this one 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 circumstances, or whether you are going to taste it, enjoy it and find out the truth about who you are.
     Anne Lamott - From her graduation commencement address to Berkeley



 

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these quotes. I love Anne, and need to re-read Bird by Bird.

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  2. These are great. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Think I'll reread Bird book - she can be insanely dark but hey, we've all been there! Love what she says and wish I wrote like that!

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  4. I love this book and all these quotes. Some of the anecdotes in this book brought tears to my eyes -- such insight! Thanks for posting.

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