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    Mary Oliver
    “Instructions for living a life.
    Pay attention.
    Be astonished.
    Tell about it.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #2
    Mary Oliver
    “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?”
    Mary Oliver

  • #3
    Mary Oliver
    “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, New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1

  • #4
    Mary Oliver
    “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.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
    over and over announcing your place
    in the family of things.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #5
    Mary Oliver
    “When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement.

    --from WHEN DEATH COMES”
    Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1

  • #6
    Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious
    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?”
    Mary Oliver

  • #7
    Mary Oliver
    “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, New and Selected Poems, Vol. 2
    tags: lead

  • #8
    Mary Oliver
    The Poet With His Face In His Hands

    You want to cry aloud for your
    mistakes. But to tell the truth the world
    doesn’t need anymore of that sound.

    So if you’re going to do it and can’t
    stop yourself, if your pretty mouth can’t
    hold it in, at least go by yourself across

    the forty fields and the forty dark inclines
    of rocks and water to the place where
    the falls are flinging out their white sheets

    like crazy, and there is a cave behind all that
    jubilation and water fun and you can
    stand there, under it, and roar all you

    want and nothing will be disturbed; you can
    drip with despair all afternoon and still,
    on a green branch, its wings just lightly touched

    by the passing foil of the water, the thrush,
    puffing out its spotted breast, will sing
    of the perfect, stone-hard beauty of everything.”
    Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Vol. 2

  • #9
    Mary Oliver
    “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 is over, I don't want to wonder
    if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
    I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
    or full of argument.

    I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.”
    Mary Oliver
    tags: life

  • #10
    Mary Oliver
    “To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #11
    Mary Oliver
    “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

  • #12
    Mary Oliver
    “It is better for the heart to break, than not to break.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #13
    Mary Oliver
    “...there was a new voice
    which you slowly
    recognized as your own,
    that kept you company
    as you strode deeper and deeper
    into the world,
    determined to do
    the only thing you could do --
    determined to save
    the only life you could save.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #14
    Mary Oliver
    “I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #15
    Mary Oliver
    “So every day
    I was surrounded by the beautiful crying forth
    of the ideas of God,
    one of which was you.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #16
    Mary Oliver
    “I know many lives worth living.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #17
    Mary Oliver
    “I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #18
    Mary Oliver
    “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #19
    Mary Oliver
    “Sometimes I need
    only to stand
    wherever I am
    to be blessed.”
    Mary Oliver, Evidence: Poems

  • #20
    Mary Oliver
    “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

  • #21
    Mary Oliver
    “I feel the terror of idleness,
    like a red thirst.
    Death isn't just an idea.”
    Mary Oliver
    tags: death

  • #22
    Mary Oliver
    “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

  • #23
    Mary Oliver
    “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

  • #24
    Mary Oliver
    “Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.”
    Mary Oliver



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