A Great Quote About Books

Today, a great quote about books from one of my favorite authors, Anne Lamott, for the Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.

Great Quote About Books

I’m not totally sure what rock I’ve been hiding under, but I’ve only recently discovered Anne Lamott.  Like, in the last year and a half.  And since I found her, I’ve been obsessively reading everything I can get my hands on.  I just finished reading Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year, and am halfway through Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.  Lamott’s writing is so important to me, it resonates so thoroughly in my brain, that I try to ration her books like I would, say, chocolate.  Only it doesn’t work.  I end up plowing through, staying up way past my bedtime to see what other revelations she has to offer me.   We’re lucky if once in a lifetime we find an author who speaks to us completely, and even if I’m late to the game, I’m happy to be here now.

On a side note, totally related, if you’re looking for some good books to read, I just posted my most recent book review, 5 of the best books on my reading shelf right now.

But onto the quote.  Here’s my favorite Anne Lamott quote right now.  Isn’t it perfect?


A Great Quote About Books

Books help us understand

who we are

and how we are to behave.

– Anne Lamott –


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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. ellen patton :

    I think I’ve read all Anne Lamott’s books; she’s a terrific writer.