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Top 350 Mary Oliver Quotes (2023 Update)
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Mary Oliver Quote: “Over and over in the butterfly we see the idea of transcendence. In the forest we see not the inert but the aspiring. In water that departs forever and forever returns, we experience eternity.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “It’s not a competition, it’s a doorway.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “More room in your heart for love, for the trees! For the birds who own nothing – the reason they can fly.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “The god of dirt came up to me many times and said so many wise and delectable things, I lay on the grass listening to his dog voice, frog voice; now, he said, and now, and never once mentioned forever from, One or Two Things.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “A mind that is lively and inquiring, compassionate, curious, angry, full of music, full of feeling, is a mind full of possible poetry.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “All things are meltable, and replaceable. Not at this moment, but soon enough, we are lambs and we are leaves, and we are stars, and the shining, mysterious pond water itself.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “He is exactly the poem I wanted to write.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “And over one more set of hills, along the sea, the last roses have opened their factories of sweetness and are giving it back to the world. If I had another life I would want to spend it all on some unstinting happiness.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Do you love this world? Do you cherish your humble and silky life? Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?”
Mary Oliver Quote: “A lifetime isn’t long enough for the beauty of this world and the responsibilities of your life.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “It must be a great disappointment to God if we are not dazzled at least ten times a day.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “And that I did not give to anyone the responsibility for my life. It is mine. I made it. And can do what I want to with it. Give it back, someday, without bitterness, to the wild and weedy dunes.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “All my life I have been restless – I have felt there is something more wonderful than gloss – than wholeness – than staying at home.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Today is a day like any other: twenty-four hours, a little sunshine, a little rain. Listen, says ambition, nervously shifting her weight from one boot to another – why don’t you get going? For there I am, in the mossy shadows, under the trees. 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: “I climb, I backtrack. I float. I ramble my way home.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “As a child, what captivated me was reading the poems myself and realizing that there was a world without material substance which was nevertheless as alive as any other.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I don’t know lots of things but I know this: next year when spring flows over the starting point I’ll think I’m going to drown in the shimmering miles of it...”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Life is much the same when it’s going well – resonant and unremarkable. But who, not under disaster’s seal, can understand what life is like when it begins to crumble?”
Mary Oliver Quote: “When I have to die, I would like to die on a day of rain – long rain, slow rain, the kind you think will never end.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Understand from the first this certainty. Butterflies don’t write books, neither do lilies or violets. Which doesn’t mean they don’t know, in their own way, what they are. That they don’t know they are alive – that they don’t feel, that action upon which all consciousness sits, lightly or heavily. Humility is the prize of the leaf-world. Vainglory is the bane of us, the humans.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Look, hasn’t my body already felt like the body of a flower?”
Mary Oliver Quote: “The multiplicity of forms! The hummingbird, the fox, the raven, the sparrow hawk, the otter, the dragonfly, the water lily! And on and on. It must be a great disappointment to God if we are not dazzled at least ten times a day.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I think this is the prettiest world – so long as you don’t mind a little dying, how could there be a day in your whole life that doesn’t have its splash of happiness?”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I have a notion that if you are going to be spiritually curious, you better not get cluttered up with too many material things.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Every year everything I have ever learned in my lifetime leads back to this: the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “And as with prayer, which is a dipping of oneself toward the light, there is a consequence of attentiveness to the grass itself, and the sky itself, and to the floating bird. I too leave the fret and enclosure of my own life. I too dip myself toward the immeasurable.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Also I wanted to be able to love And we all know how that one goes, don’t we? Slowly.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I took one look and fell, hook and tumble.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “And consider, always, every day, the determination of the grass to grow despite the unending obstacles.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Let me keep company always with those who say “Look!” and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “For some things there are no wrong seasons. Which is what I dream of for me.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Maybe our world will grow kinder eventually. Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Every morning I walk like this around the pond, thinking: if the doors of my heart ever close, I am as good as dead.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Do you cherish your humble and silky life?”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Humility is the prize of the leaf-world. Vain-glory is the bane of us, the humans.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Okay, I said. But remember, you can’t fix everything in the world for everybody. “However,” said Ricky, “you can’t do anything at all unless you begin.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “How heron comes It is a negligence of the mind not to notice how at dusk heron comes to the pond and stands there in his death robes, perfect servant of the system, hungry, his eyes full of attention, his wings pure light.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Now the fire rises and offers a dozen, singing, deep-red roses of flame.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Be ignited, or be gone.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “That time I thought I could not go any closer to grief without dying I went closer, and I did not die.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “But the palace of knowledge is different from the palace of discovery, in which I am, truly, a Copernicus.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “I love the line of Flaubert about observing things very intensely. I think our duty as writers begins not with our own feelings, but with the powers of observing.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Poetry is a serious business; literature is the apparatus through which the world tries to keep intact its important ideas and feelings.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “You may not agree, you may not care, but if you are holding this book you should know that of all the sights I love in this world – and there are plenty – very near the top of the list is this one: dogs without leashes.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “The wasp sits on the porch of her paper castle.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “When it’s over I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real...”
Mary Oliver Quote: “If you notice anything, it leads you to notice more and more.”
Mary Oliver Quote: “Education as I knew it was made up of such a preestablished collection of certainties. Knowledge has entertained me and it has shaped me and it has failed me. Something in me still starves.”
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