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Энн Ламотт

Дата рождения: 10. Апрель 1954

Энн Ламотт — американская писательница, больше известная больше как автор книг нон-фикшн.


„Маяк не носится по всему побережью в поисках лодки, которую можно спасти. Он просто стоит на одном месте и светит.“

„Маяки не бегают по всему острову, выискивая, какую бы лодку спасти, они просто стоят и светят.“ о воспитании


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

„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.“

„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

„Joy is the best makeup.“ 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.“

„And I felt like my heart had been so thoroughly and irreparably broken that there could be no real joy again, that at best there might eventually be a little contentment. Everyone wanted me to get help and rejoin life, pick up the pieces and move on, and I tried to, I wanted to, but I just had to lie in the mud with my arms wrapped around myself, eyes closed, grieving, until I didn’t have to anymore.“ Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year


„Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.“ Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

„Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.“

„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.“

„You can either practice being right or practice being kind.“


„Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen 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.“ 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 have behaved better.“ Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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

„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.“

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