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Mary Oliver Quotes: "Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry."

Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.




Mary Oliver Quotes: "The man who has many answersis often foundin the theaters of informationwhere he offers, graciously, his deep findings.While the man who has only questions, to comfort himself, makes music."

The man who has many answersis often foundin the theaters of informationwhere he offers, graciously, his deep findings.While the man who has only questions, to comfort himself, makes music.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "So come to the pond, or the river of your imagination, or the harbor of your longing, and put your lips to the world.And live your life."

So come to the pond, or the river of your imagination, or the harbor of your longing, and put your lips to the world.And live your life.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "We all have a hungry heart, and one of the things we hunger for is happiness. So as much as I possibly could, I stayed where I was happy."

We all have a hungry heart, and one of the things we hunger for is happiness. So as much as I possibly could, I stayed where I was happy.




Mary Oliver Quotes: "Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers.Let me keep company always with those who say "Look!" and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads."

Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers.Let me keep company always with those who say "Look!" and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "I would like people to remember of me, howinexhaustible was her mindfulness."

I would like people to remember of me, howinexhaustible was her mindfulness.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "To interrupt the writer from the line of thought is to wake the dreamer from the dream. The dreamer cannot enter that dream, precisely as it was unfolding, ever again."

To interrupt the writer from the line of thought is to wake the dreamer from the dream. The dreamer cannot enter that dream, precisely as it was unfolding, ever again.




Mary Oliver Quotes: "When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms."

When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "You do not have to be good.You do not have to walk on your kneesfor a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves."

You do not have to be good.You do not have to walk on your kneesfor a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work."

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Look, hasn't my body already felt like the body of a flower?"

Look, hasn't my body already felt like the body of a flower?



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Love, love, love, says Percy.And hurry as fast as you canalong the shining beach, or the rubble, or the dust.Then, go to sleep.Give up your body heat, your beating heart.Then, trust."

Love, love, love, says Percy.And hurry as fast as you canalong the shining beach, or the rubble, or the dust.Then, go to sleep.Give up your body heat, your beating heart.Then, trust.




Mary Oliver Quotes: "Be prepared. A dog is adorable and noble.A dog is a true and loving friend. A dogis also a hedonist."

Be prepared. A dog is adorable and noble.A dog is a true and loving friend. A dogis also a hedonist.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "It is better for the heart to break, than not to break."

It is better for the heart to break, than not to break.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "the stars began to burnthrough the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voicewhich you slowlyrecognized as your own"

the stars began to burnthrough the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voicewhich you slowlyrecognized as your own



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Though I play at the edges of knowing, truly I know our part is not knowing, but looking, and touching, and loving"

Though I play at the edges of knowing, truly I know our part is not knowing, but looking, and touching, and loving



Mary Oliver Quotes: "I have a little dog who likes to nap with me.He climbs on my body and puts his face in my neck.He is sweeter than soap.He is more wonderful than a diamond necklace, which can't even bark..."

I have a little dog who likes to nap with me.He climbs on my body and puts his face in my neck.He is sweeter than soap.He is more wonderful than a diamond necklace, which can't even bark...



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Attention is the beginning of devotion."

Attention is the beginning of devotion.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "I stood like Adam in his lonely gardenOn that first morning, shaken out of sleep, Rubbing his eyes, listening, parting the leaves, Like tissue on some vast, incredible gift."

I stood like Adam in his lonely gardenOn that first morning, shaken out of sleep, Rubbing his eyes, listening, parting the leaves, Like tissue on some vast, incredible gift.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "One thing I do know is that poetry, to be understood, must be clear."

One thing I do know is that poetry, to be understood, must be clear.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "People want poetry. They need poetry. They get it. They don't want fancy work."

People want poetry. They need poetry. They get it. They don't want fancy work.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Poetry is meant to be heard."

Poetry is meant to be heard.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "I know many lives worth living."

I know many lives worth living.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules"

Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules



Mary Oliver Quotes: "You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life."

You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Poetry is a life-cherishing force."

Poetry is a life-cherishing force.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "It's not a competition, it's a doorway."

It's not a competition, it's a doorway.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Poetry is one of the ancient arts, and it began as did all the fine arts, within the original wilderness of the earth."

Poetry is one of the ancient arts, and it began as did all the fine arts, within the original wilderness of the earth.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Of course! the path to heavendoesn't lie down in flat miles.It's in the imaginationwith which you perceive this world, and the gestureswith which you honor it.-from The Swan"

Of course! the path to heavendoesn't lie down in flat miles.It's in the imaginationwith which you perceive this world, and the gestureswith which you honor it.-from The Swan



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift."

Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Winter walks up and down the town swinging his censer, but no smoke or sweetness comes from it, only the sour, metallic frankness of salt and snow."

Winter walks up and down the town swinging his censer, but no smoke or sweetness comes from it, only the sour, metallic frankness of salt and snow.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Oh Lord of melons, of mercy, though I am not ready, nor worthy, I am climbing towards you."

Oh Lord of melons, of mercy, though I am not ready, nor worthy, I am climbing towards you.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Things take the time they take.Don't worry.How many roads did St. Augustine follow before he became St. Augustine?"

Things take the time they take.Don't worry.How many roads did St. Augustine follow before he became St. Augustine?



Mary Oliver Quotes: "I could not be a poet without the natural world. Someone else could. But not me. For me the door to the woods is the door to the temple."

I could not be a poet without the natural world. Someone else could. But not me. For me the door to the woods is the door to the temple.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "And now you'll be telling storiesof my coming backand they won't be false, and they won't be truebut they'll be real"

And now you'll be telling storiesof my coming backand they won't be false, and they won't be truebut they'll be real



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Imagination is better than a sharp instrument. To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work."

Imagination is better than a sharp instrument. To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "It does no good to bark at the television, I said. I’ve tried it too. So he stopped."

It does no good to bark at the television, I said. I’ve tried it too. So he stopped.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Come with me into the woods where spring isadvancing, as it does, no matter what, not being singular or particular, but oneof the forever gifts, and certainly visible."

Come with me into the woods where spring isadvancing, as it does, no matter what, not being singular or particular, but oneof the forever gifts, and certainly visible.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Listen, whatever you see and love—that’s where you are."

Listen, whatever you see and love—that’s where you are.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "It's very important to write things down instantly, or you can lose the way you were thinking out a line. I have a rule that if I wake up at 3 in the morning and think of something, I write it down."

It's very important to write things down instantly, or you can lose the way you were thinking out a line. I have a rule that if I wake up at 3 in the morning and think of something, I write it down.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "I feel the terror of idleness, like a red thirst.Death isn't just an idea."

I feel the terror of idleness, like a red thirst.Death isn't just an idea.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "After a cruel childhood, one must reinvent oneself. Then reimagine the world."

After a cruel childhood, one must reinvent oneself. Then reimagine the world.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings."

I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "How perfect to be aboard a ship withmaybe a hundred years still in my pocket.But it's late, for all of us, and in truth the only ship there isis the ship we are all onburning the world as we go."

How perfect to be aboard a ship withmaybe a hundred years still in my pocket.But it's late, for all of us, and in truth the only ship there isis the ship we are all onburning the world as we go.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too."

I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Still, what I want in my lifeis to be willingto be dazzled—to cast aside the weight of factsand maybe evento float a littleabove this difficult world."

Still, what I want in my lifeis to be willingto be dazzled—to cast aside the weight of factsand maybe evento float a littleabove this difficult world.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it."

Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Do you think the wren ever dreams of a better house?"

Do you think the wren ever dreams of a better house?