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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: "I don't ask for the sights in front of me to change, only the depth of my seeing."

I don't ask for the sights in front of me to change, only the depth of my seeing.




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: "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: "One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began."

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable."

Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for 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 knees for 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: "In this universe we are given two gifts: the ability to love and the ability to question. Which are, at the same time, the fires that warm us and the fires that scorch us."

In this universe we are given two gifts: the ability to love and the ability to question. Which are, at the same time, the fires that warm us and the fires that scorch us.



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: "I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed."

I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields...Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness."

Hello, sun in my face. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields...Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us."

I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us.




Mary Oliver Quotes: "The dream of my life is to lie down by a slow river and stare at the light in the trees - to learn something by being nothing"

The dream of my life is to lie down by a slow river and stare at the light in the trees - to learn something by being nothing



Mary Oliver Quotes: "And I say to my heart: rave on."

And I say to my heart: rave on.



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 and 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 and beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings.



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: "My work is the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird - equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums."

My work is the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird - equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination."

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, Stay awhile."

Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, Stay awhile.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "It's morning, and again I am that lucky person who is in it."

It's morning, and again I am that lucky person who is in it.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it."

We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it."

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "There are a hundred paths through the world that are easier than loving. But who wants easier?"

There are a hundred paths through the world that are easier than loving. But who wants easier?



Mary Oliver Quotes: "We shake with joy, we shake with grief. What a time they have, these two housed as they are in the same body."

We shake with joy, we shake with grief. What a time they have, these two housed as they are in the same body.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "... Let us risk the wildest places, Lest we go down in comfort, and despair."

... Let us risk the wildest places, Lest we go down in comfort, and despair.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?"

Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?



Mary Oliver Quotes: "You never know / What opportunity / Is going to travel to you, / Or through you."

You never know / What opportunity / Is going to travel to you, / Or through you.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Look, I want to love this world as though it's the last chance I'm ever going to get to be alive and know it."

Look, I want to love this world as though it's the last chance I'm ever going to get to be alive and know it.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "When will you have a little pity for every soft thing that walks through the world, yourself included."

When will you have a little pity for every soft thing that walks through the world, yourself included.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Every day I walk out into the world / to be dazzled, then to be reflective."

Every day I walk out into the world / to be dazzled, then to be reflective.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "He is exactly the poem I wanted to write."

He is exactly the poem I wanted to write.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished."

Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "I saw that worrying had come to nothing and gave it up. And took my old body and went out into the morning, and sang."

I saw that worrying had come to nothing and gave it up. And took my old body and went out into the morning, and sang.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Wild sings the bird of the heart in the forests of our lives."

Wild sings the bird of the heart in the forests of our lives.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Music: what so many sentences aspire to be."

Music: what so many sentences aspire to be.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that."

Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "The stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own."

The stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going."

Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone. When I'm alone I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing. If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much."

Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone. When I'm alone I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing. If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love you very much.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed."

Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "And now I understand something so frightening &wonderful- how the mind clings to the road it knows, rushing through crossroads, sticking like lint to the familiar."

And now I understand something so frightening &wonderful- how the mind clings to the road it knows, rushing through crossroads, sticking like lint to the familiar.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Walks work for me. I enter some arena that is neither conscious or unconscious."

Walks work for me. I enter some arena that is neither conscious or unconscious.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Don't we all die someday and someday comes all too soon? What will you do with your own wild, glorious chance at this thing we call life."

Don't we all die someday and someday comes all too soon? What will you do with your own wild, glorious chance at this thing we call life.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "There is only one question: / how to love this world."

There is only one question: / how to love this world.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "But I also say this: that light is an invitation to happiness, and that happiness, when it's done right, is a kind of holiness, palpable and redemptive."

But I also say this: that light is an invitation to happiness, and that happiness, when it's done right, is a kind of holiness, palpable and redemptive.



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: "You can have the other words-chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I'll take grace. I don't know what it is exactly, but I'll take it."

You can have the other words-chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I'll take grace. I don't know what it is exactly, but I'll take it.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift."

Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift.



Mary Oliver Quotes: "I believe in kindness. Also in mischief."

I believe in kindness. Also in mischief.