I can't review it better than Anne Lamott did.
I can't review it better than Anne Lamott did.
"Her desire to get the most out of life grew greater as her future shrank, and part of that enthusiasm was the vague hope of having someone to cherish, even if this clashed with the reality of a lack of opportunities. She missed sex, romance, and love. The first of these she could obtain every so often, the second was a matter of luck, and the third was a gift from the gods that would probably never happen." P9
"You'd quickly run out of people if you had to disqualify all those who at some point have been shits. She thinks this will have to be the moral of this story." P315
"Mixed in with all of its silly bullshit, Facebook is the literal manifestation of all of our regrets, looping and looping, for free, on our computers and phones. People who should be gone and safely out of our lives forever are there again, one cryptic little glimpse at a time, reminding us of all the things we should or shouldn't have done." P 177
"I will stay here, I think, I will pull up the anchor and lie in the hull of the boat and let it take me to wherever the centre is.
I walk down the corridor of my brain and don't even look at the doors on either side." P 92
"The motivating force of almost every single classic eighties teen film was not, in fact, selling soundtracks... It was social class." P143
Reading this book will help you fall in love with Blacksburg, VA all over again! If you're not in Blacksburg, you will still learn multiple approaches to exploring your community and developing ties. Warnick includes helpful checklists for ways to immerse yourself in your current zip code and invest in your surroundings. After all, wherever you go, there you are. Might as well be happy. #ThisIsHome
"...love, one-way deep adoration that bounced off and did not bounce back; careful, quiet love that didn't care and went on anyway." P 211
"Just as Sisyphus was sentenced to pushing a rock uphill, we are sentenced to write a life story - moment to moment, day after day, from beginning to the end, even as we struggle through inevitable stretches of tedium and suffering." P 229
"Happiness, as it exists in the world - as opposed to those artificially constructed moments like weddings and birthday parties, where it's gathered into careful piles - is not smooth. Happiness in the real world is mostly just resilience and a willingness to arch oneself toward optimism." P 205
"America's tiny reign of terror, Salem represents one of the rare moments in our enlightened past when the candles are knocked out and everyone seems to be groping about in the dark, the place where all good stories begin."
"...but all people at root are time optimists. We always think there's enough time to do things with other people. Time to say things to them. And then something happens and then we stand there holding on to words like 'if.'" P. 282
"The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some it's a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamp lit desk. Use your natural powers - of persistence, concentration, insight, and sensitivity - to do work you love and work that matters."
"How extraordinary - how wonderful! - it is that a lot of little black marks on paper can bring a person who died nearly two hundred years ago into your room: bring him so close that you know him much better than you would have known him if you met him in the flesh. It is extraordinary and it is enlarging." P 150
"Getting older is - you think you are getting your way and you think you are getting your way and you think you are getting your way and then you are old and it turns out you didn't get your way. Or you did, ...but the consequences are deeply ironic." P. 16
Just started "Serena" last night for my book club! My dog Tartt (after author Donna Tartt) has been using it as a headrest. Has anyone else read this?!
"What is it about painting, how it can hit people exactly like music, and hit people so differently." P 344
"Most of us are never seen, not clearly, and when we are we likely jump and run. Because being seen can be followed by the crack of a shot or the twang of an arrow." P. 277
"Leadership is a reciprocating act." p.25
"People want to matter. They want to count..." p. 48
"Being supportive and encouraging is not a product of being weak. In fact, just the opposite may be true." p. 55
"...(she) felt an emptiness open inside her as she lifted her arm, a sense that something vital was being subtracted from her life. It was always like that when somebody you cared about went away, even when you knew it was inevitable, and it probably wasn't your fault." P. 341