Favorite Quotes

I have a thing for quotes – usually from books, sometimes from movies (and yes, I have a particular affinity for Anne Lamott).

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“Sometimes a dog comes along that really touches your life, and you can never forget her.”  John Grogan, Marley and Me

“‘No’ is a complete sentence.” – Anne Lamott (also, one of the most important things you can teach your child).

“Sometimes, there just aren’t enough rocks …” – Forrest Gump

“Hell is the absence of the people you long for.” – Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep. Slowly, and then all at once.” – Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (and this so perfectly describes how I fell in love with Jodi)

“Jealousy always has been my cross, the weakness and woundedness in me that has most often caused me to feel ugly and unlovable, like the Bad Seed. I’ve had many years of recovery and therapy, years filled with intimate and devoted friendships, yet I still struggle. I know that when someone gets a big slice of pie, it doesn’t mean there’s less for me. In fact, I know that there isn’t even a pie, that there’s plenty to go around, enough food and love and air. … But I don’t believe it for a second. … I secretly believe there’s a pie. I will go to my grave brandishing my fork.” Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, Anne Lamott. (I never read this passage without laughing out loud, perhaps because I can so relate).

“Be a little kinder than you have to be.” – We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

“Some of us have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad. Just no one in this car. But, a lot of people, that’s their story. Good times, noodle salad. What makes it so hard is not that you had it bad, but that you’re that pissed that so many others had it good.” – As Good As it Gets

“You want to protect your child from pain, and what you get instead is life, and grace; and though theologians insist that grace is freely given, the truth is that sometimes you pay for it through the nose. And you can’t pay your child’s way.” – Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, by Anne Lamott

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” – To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

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

“The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends.  It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. …. They never are.”  Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin

“As sure as time, history is repeating itself, and as sure as man is man, history is the last place he’ll look for his lessons.” – Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee

“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.” – Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott (she gives credit to her priest friend as having said this)

This description of the South: ” … the chapter which concerned her began two hundred years ago and was played out in a proud society the bloodiest war and harshest peace in modern history could not destroy, returning, to be played out again on private ground in the twilight of a civilization no wars and no peace could save.”  – Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee


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