Anne Lamott was born on April 10, 1954 in San Francisco, California. She is a famous novelist, political activist, and public speaker. Her works are largely autobiographical in nature. Here is the collection of famous Anne Lamott quotes for our readers.

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

“Joy is the best makeup.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

“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.”
Anne Lamott

“Rituals are a good signal to your unconscious that it is time to kick in.”
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“To be engrossed by something outside ourselves is a powerful antidote for the rational mind, the mind that so frequently has its head up its own ass.”
Anne Lamott

“Some people have a thick skin and you don’t. Your heart is really open and that is going to cause pain, but that is an appropriate response to this world.”
Anne Lamott, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair

“When we did art with the kids, the demons would lie down.”
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

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“Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.”
Anne Lamott

“I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.”
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“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“For too long, and despite what people told me, I had fallen for what the culture said about beauty, youth, features, heights, weights, hair textures, upper arms.”
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“I just gave up one day. Around the time the news about toxic shock came out. I thought, Fuck me, man, I give up. Come and get me.”
Anne Lamott, Joe Jones

“It feels like I’m babysitting in the Twilight Zone. I keep waiting for the parents to show up because we are out of chips and diet cokes.”
Anne Lamott

“Human lives are hard, even those of health and privilege, and don’t make much sense. This is the message of the Book of Job: Any snappy explanation of suffering you come up with will be horseshit.”
Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

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“You can either practice being right or practice being kind.”
Anne Lamott

“Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.”
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“There is ecstasy in paying attention.”
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“She felt as if the mosaic she had been assembling out of life’s little shards got dumped to the ground, and there was no way to put it back together.”
Anne Lamott, Crooked Little Heart

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Ram Dass, who described himself as a Hin-Jew, said that ultimately we’re all just walking each other home. I love that. I try to live by it.”
Anne Lamott, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair

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“A good marriage is where both people feel like they’re getting the better end of the deal.”
Anne Lamott, Joe Jones

“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.”
Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year

“Hope is not about proving anything. It’s about choosing to believe this one thing, that love is bigger than any grim, bleak shit anyone can throw at us.”
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

“And as it turns out, if one person is praying for you, buckle up. Things can happen.”
Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

“After a while the middle-aged person who lives in her head begins to talk to her soul, the kid.”
Anne Lamott Quotes, Joe Jones

“Without using the word, everyone started forgiving each other again. Just like that, from the no of all nothingness: you have a big tense mess and out of it comes some joy. It must be magic.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“For twenty years I have ached to go back home, when there was nobody there to whom I could return.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

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“Laughter is carbonated holiness.”
Anne Lamott

“It’s good to do uncomfortable things. It’s weight training for life.”
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

“No” is a complete sentence.”
Anne Lamott Quotes

“These are the words I want on my gravestone: that I was a helper, and that I danced.”
Anne Lamott

“When you make friends with fear, it can’t rule you.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“Perfectionism means that you try not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“One secret of life is that the reason life works at all is that not everyone in your tribe is nuts on the same day. Another secret is that laughter is carbonated holiness.”
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

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“When God is going to do something wonderful, He or She always starts with a hardship; when God is going to do something amazing, He or She starts with an impossibility.”
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

“Expectations are resentments under construction.”
Anne Lamott

“My mind is a neighborhood I try not to go into alone.”
Anne Lamott

“Write as if your parents are dead.”
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“It is a violation of trust to use your kids as caulking for the cracks in you.”
Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son

“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“But it was the singing that pulled me in and split me wide open.”
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“Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“I am all the ages I’ve ever been.”
Anne Lamott Quotes

“Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.”
Anne Lamott

“Writing is about hypnotizing yourself into believing in yourself, getting some work done, then unhypnotizing yourself and going over the material coldly.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
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“Writing takes a combination of sophistication and innocence; it takes conscience, our belief that something is beautiful because it is right.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“But you can’t teach writing, people tell me. And I say, ‘Who the hell are you, God’s dean of admissions?”
Anne Lamott

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“Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, How alive am I willing to be?”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“The difference between you and God is that God doesn’t think He’s you.”
Anne Lamott

“Gratitude, not understanding, is the secret to joy and equanimity.”
Anne Lamott

“There is nothing more touching to me then a family picture where everyone is trying to look his or her best, but you can see what a mess they all really are.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“Sometimes I think that Jesus watches my neurotic struggles, and shakes his head and grips his forehead and starts tossing back mojitos.”
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“One writer I know tells me that he sits down every morning and says to himself nicely, “It’s not like you don’t have a choice, because you do– you can either type or kill yourself.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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“The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“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

“You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it too.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“I think that is why we stay close to our families, no matter how neurotic the members, how deeply annoying or dull- because when people have seen you at your worst, you don’t have to put on the mask as much.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“Everybody thinks their opinion is the right one. If they didn’t, they would get a new one.”
Anne Lamott

“Expectations are resentments waiting to happen.”
Anne Lamott

“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.”
Anne Lamott

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“She said to go ahead and feel the feelings. I did. They felt like shit.”
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“My heart was broken and my head was just barely inhabitable.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be.”
Anne Lamott

“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.”
Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year

“I’m probably just as good a mother as the next repressed, obsessive-compulsive paranoiac.”
Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year

“Whenever the world throws rose petals at you, which thrill and seduce the ego, beware.”
Anne Lamott

“Some people may have thought that this book was too personal, too confessional. But what these people think about me is none of my business.”
Anne Lamott

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“I worry that Jesus drinks himself to sleep when he hears me talk like this.”
Anne Lamott Quotes

“If you have a body, you are entitled to the full range of feelings. It comes with the package.”
Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

“We all know we’re going to die; what’s important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Trying to reason with an addict was like trying to blow out a lightbulb.”
Anne Lamott

“If your wife locks you out of the house, you don’t have a problem with your door.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“The writer’s job is to turn the unspeakable into words – not just any words, but, if you can, into rhythm and blues.”
Anne Lamott

“We are a species that needs and wants to understand who we are. Sheep lice do not seem to share this longing, which is one reason why they write so little.”
Anne Lamott

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“Perfection is shallow, unreal, and fatally uninteresting.”
Anne Lamott Quotes

“Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I’m grateful for it the way I’m grateful for the ocean.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Having a baby is like suddenly getting the world’s worst roommate.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Toddlers can make you feel as if you have violated some archaic law in their personal Koran and you should die, infidel.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Grace arrived, like the big, loopy stitches with which a grandmotherly stranger might baste your hem temporarily.”
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“It’s better to be kind than to be right.”
Anne Lamott Quotes

“Certainty is missing the point entirely.”
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

“This is one thing they forget to mention in most child-rearing books, that at times you will just lose your mind. Period.”
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

“Peace is joy at rest. Joy is peace on its feet.”
Anne Lamott

“Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all. Laugh, rest, slow down.”
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

“Having a baby is like suddenly getting the world’s worst roommate, like having Janis Joplin with a bad hangover and PMS come to stay with you.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“You have to keep taking the next necessary stitch, and the next one, and the next. Without stitches, you just have rags. And we are not rags.”
Anne Lamott, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair

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“Never compare your insides to everyone else’s outsides.”
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“You can tell if people are following Jesus, because they are feeding the poor, sharing their wealth, and trying to get everyone medical insurance.”
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“The opposite of faith is not doubt, it’s certainty.”
Anne Lamott Quotes

“Being enough was going to have to be an inside job.”
Anne Lamott

“Teenagers who do not go to church are adored by God, but they don’t get to meet some of the people who love God back.”
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

“These are pictures of the people in my family where we look like the most awkward and desperate folk you ever saw, poster children for the human condition.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“I’ll live as well, as deeply, as madly as I can–until I die.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

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“Sometimes this human stuff is slimy and pathetic…but better to feel it and talk about it and walk through it than to spend a lifetime being silently poisoned.”
Anne Lamott

“I don’t think you have time to waste not writing because you are afraid you won’t be good at it.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there.”
Anne Lamott

“Nothing can be delicious when you are holding your breath.”
Anne Lamott Quotes

“‎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.”
Anne Lamott

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“I’m here to be me, which is taking a great deal longer than I had hoped.”
Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

“It’s so awful, attacking your child. It’s the worse thing I know, to shout loudly at this 50 lb. being with his huge trusting brown eyes. It’s like bitch-slapping E.T.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“But grace can be the experience of a second wind, when even though what you want is clarity and resolution, what you get is stamina and poignancy and the strength to hang on.”
Anne Lamott, Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

“It was not facing what life dealt that made you crazy, but rather trying to set life straight where it was unstraightenable.”
Anne Lamott, Blue Shoe

“Here are the two best prayers I know: ‘Help me, help me, help me’ and ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
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“Life with most teenagers was like having a low-grade bladder infection. It hurts, but you had to tough it out.”
Anne Lamott, Imperfect Birds

“Here are the two best prayers I know: “Help me help me, help me,” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

“I never had a particularly strong craving to procreate, except for earlier fantasies of wanting to be Marmee in Little Women.”
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“Becoming a better writer is going to help you become a better reader, and that is the real payoff.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“He got me a cup of tea with honey, toast with honey, yogurt with honey, like I was John the Baptist with the flu.”
Anne Lamott

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