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Mary Oliver Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Maybe the world, without us, is the real poem.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “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 Quote: “Music: what so many sentences aspire to be.”
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: “The end of life has its own nature, also worth our attention. I don’t say this without reckoning in the sorrow, the worry, the many diminishments. But surely it is then that a person’s character shines or glooms.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “The sea is the most beautiful face in our universe.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “If you have ever gone into the woods with me, I must love you very much.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Still, what I want in my life is to be willing to be dazzled – to cast aside the weight of facts and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “It is what I was born for – to look, to listen, to lose myself inside this soft world – to instruct myself over and over...”
Mary Oliver Quote: “There were times over the years when life was not easy, but if you’re working a few hours a day and you’ve got a good book to read, and you can go outside to the beach and dig for clams, you’re okay.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, Stay awhile.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of light.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “We all have a hungry heart, and one of the things we hunger for is happiness.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “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 Quote: “When will you have a little pity for every soft thing that walks through the world, yourself included.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I want to believe I am looking into the white fire of a great mystery.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I simply do not distinguish between work and play.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Every adjective and adverb is worth five cents. Every verb is worth fifty cents.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Wild sings the bird of the heart in the forests of our lives.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Love, love, love, says Percy. And hurry as fast as you can along 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 Quote: “Like Magellan, let us find our islands To die in, far from home, from anywhere Familiar. Let us risk the wildest places, Lest we go down in comfort, and despair.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Attention without feeling – is only a report.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “So this is how you swim inward. So this is how you flow outwards. So this is how you pray.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Of course! The path to heaven doesn’t lie down in flat miles. It’s in the imagination with which you perceive this world, and the gestures with which you honor it.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dak trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more the prettiness.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “When I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds, until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Always there is something worth saying about glory, about gratitude.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “There is a notion that creative people are absent-minded, reckless, heedless of social customs and obligations. It is, hopefully, true for they are in another world altogether.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I wanted to hurry into the work of my life; I wanted to know, whoever I was, I was alive for a little while.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I try to be good but sometimes a person just has to break out and act like the wild and springy thing one used to be. It’s impossible not to remember wild an want it back.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “And to tell the truth I don’t want to let go of the wrists of idleness, I don’t want to sell my life for money, I don’t even want to come in out of the rain.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “It is better for the heart to break, than not to break.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “You want to cry aloud for your mistakes. But to tell the truth the world doesn’t need any more of that sound.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Today I am altogether without ambition. Where did I get such wisdom?”
Mary Oliver Quote: “You, too, can be carved anew by the details of your devotion.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “You must not ever stop being whimsical.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “The face of the moose is as sad as the face of Jesus.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “So every day So every day I was surrounded by the beautiful crying forth of the ideas of God, one of which was you.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “What can we do but keep on breathing in and out, modest and willing, and in our places?”
Mary Oliver Quote: “The world is: fun, and familiar, and healthful, and unbelievably refreshing, and lovely. And it is the theater of the spiritual; it is the multiform utterly obedient to a mystery.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Though I play at the edges of knowing, truly I know our part is not knowing, but looking, and touching, and loving.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “When loneliness comes stalking, go into the fields, consider the orderliness of the world.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “In the glare of your mind, be modest. And beholden to what is tactile, and thrilling.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Poetry is a life-cherishing force.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I have a notebook with me all the time, and I begin scribbling a few words. When things are going well, the walk does not get anywhere; I finally just stop and write.”
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