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all quotes by Anne Lamott (13)

"This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won't wash them away."

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life | 1994

"You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should've behaved better."

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life | august 1995

"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."

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life | september 1995

"There are so many great things to do right now. Write. Sing. Rest. Eat cherries."

University of California - Berkeley commencement address | june 2003

"Fake doesn’t feed anything. Only spirit feeds spirit."

Berkeley commencement address {via Salon} | june 2003

"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."

Berkeley commencement address {via Salon} | june 2003

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

Berkeley commencement address {via Salon} | june 2003

"I knew that if you had the eyes to see, there was beauty everywhere, even when nature was barren or sloppy, and not just when God had tarted things up for the spring."

Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith | 2007

"You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren't. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don't think your way into becoming yourself."

O magazine | november 2009

"The world is always going to be dangerous, and people get badly banged up, but how can there be more meaning than helping one another stand up in a wind and stay warm?"

Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair {via Brainpickings.org} | october 2013

"I love ritual and repetition. Without them, I would be a balloon with a slow leak."

Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair | october 2013

"Beauty is a miracle of things going together imperfectly."

Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair | october 2013

"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you."

pre-birthday Facebook post | april 2015
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