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Top 380 Mary Oliver Quotes (2024 Update)

Mary Oliver Quote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Listen – are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?”
Mary Oliver Quote: “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 Quote: “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Things take the time they take. Don’t worry.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “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 Quote: “I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “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 Quote: “The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “And I say to my heart: rave on.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “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 Quote: “Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Attention is the beginning of devotion.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I believe in kindness. Also in mischief.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “All eternity is in the moment.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Things take the time they take. don’t worry. How many roads did St. Augustine follow before he became St. Augustine?”
Mary Oliver Quote: “You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “There are a hundred paths through the world that are easier than loving. But who wants easier?”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I got saved by poetry and I got saved by the beauty of the world.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “My work is loving the world.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “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 Quote: “I don’t ask for the sights in front of me to change, only the depth of my seeing.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began...”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Come with me into the woods where spring is advancing, as it does, no matter what, not being singular or particular, but one of the forever gifts, and certainly visible.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “It is the nature of stone to be satisfied. It is the nature of water to want to be somewhere else.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Ten times a day something happens to me like this – some strengthening throb of amazement – some good sweet empathic ping and swell. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “It’s morning, and again I am that lucky person who is in it.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination...”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Praying It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I tell you this to break your heart, by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “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 Quote: “Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “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 Quote: “Wherever I am, the world comes after me. It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it. Now I understand why the old poets of China went so far and high into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Why should I not sit, every morning of my life, on the hillside, looking into the shining world?”
Mary Oliver Quote: “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 Quote: “We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “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 Quote: “I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention...”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds. I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed, nothing between me and the white fire of the stars.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “This is the first, wildest, and wisest thing I know, that the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attention.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “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.”
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