20 Inspiring Anne Lamott Quotes That'll Make You Reconsider Life — In A GOOD Way

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"Laughter is carbonated holiness."

Feminists and creatives, gather around because Anne Lamott is spouting wisdom like the Trevi Fountain over here. A novelist, teacher, political activist and speaker, Lamott has inspired TONS of people with her words

If you need to feel OK with being human today, these Anne Lamott quotes will give you all the validation that you need. In everything that she does, Lamott seems to rip her heart open and throw it right onto the writing desk as she takes digs at her own humanity. She sprawls her insecurities and failures right into her work, sacrificing herself to make you feel more real.

She’s experienced the darkness of alcoholism, single motherhood and depression, and isn’t shy about sharing it with you.

Hailing from San Francisco, Lamott is known for her seven novels and nine works of non-fiction in which she writes in a style called “particularism” and essentially spills her guts to readers.

These inspirational quotes by Anne Lamott will give you a sneak peek into the raw, human condition of a person brave enough to share it. In fact, Anne has been quoted saying that she writes the kind of books she would want to read. Books that are honest and concerned with real lives. Books that contain truth, wonder and the craziness that is life.

Her stories and the inspirational quotes that come from them will make you laugh, bring tears to your eyes, and probably make you look yourself in the mirror with a bit more acceptance than you’re used to. Write them down, post them on your wall and don’t ever forget them.

If you find yourself drowning in your own human condition, it is quotes like these that help you feel more connected to the people around you. Stop judging yourself so harshly and let yourself feel. It’s part of who you are.

"Families are definitely the training ground for forgiveness. At some point, you pardon the people in your family for being stuck together in all their weirdness, and when you do that, you can learn to pardon anyone. Even yourself, eventually."

"You can either practice being right or practice being kind."

"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."

"Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die."

"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 you have power over your circumstances, or whether you're going to taste it, enjoy it, and find out the truth about who you are."

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

“Laughter is carbonated holiness.” 

“Expectations are resentments under construction.” 

“Joy is the best makeup.” 

“Hope is not about proving anything. It's about choosing to believe this one thing, that love is bigger than any grim, bleak sh*t anyone can throw at us.” 

“No" is a complete sentence.” 

"She said go ahead and feel the feelings. I did. They felt like sh*t."

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”

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

"I am all the ages I've ever been."


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

"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."

"The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines."

"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."

"There 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. But I like that, when who we are shows. Everything is usually so masked or perfumed or disguised in the world, and it’s so touching when you get to see something real and human."


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