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  • #1
    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

  • #2
    Mary Oliver
    “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #3
    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

  • #4
    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

  • #5
    Mary Oliver
    “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

  • #6
    Mary Oliver
    “Love yourself. Then forget it.
    Then, love the world.”
    Mary Oliver, Evidence: Poems

  • #7
    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

  • #8
    Mary Oliver
    “Said the river: imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #9
    Mary Oliver
    “And that is just the point... how the world, moist and beautiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. "Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?”
    Mary Oliver

  • #10
    Mary Oliver
    “A dog comes to you and lives with you in your own house, but you do not therefore own her, as you do not own the rain, or the trees, or the laws which pertain to them ...

    A dog can never tell you what she knows from the smells of the world, but you know, watching her, that you know almost nothing. . .”
    Mary Oliver

  • #11
    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

  • #12
    Mary Oliver
    “Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?”
    Mary Oliver

  • #13
    Mary Oliver
    “Instructions for living a life.
    Pay attention.
    Be astonished.
    Tell about it.”
    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
    “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

  • #16
    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

  • #17
    Lao Tzu
    “To know that you do not know is the best.
    To think you know when you do not is a disease.
    Recognizing this disease as a disease is to be free of it.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #18
    Lao Tzu
    “Manifest plainness,
    Embrace simplicity,
    Reduce selfishness,
    Have few desires.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #19
    Lao Tzu
    “I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #20
    Lao Tzu
    “She does not show herself, and therefore is apparent. She does not affirm herself, and therefore is acknowledged. She does not boast and therefore has merit. She does not strive and therefore is successful. It is exactly because she does not contend, that nobody can contend with her.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #21
    Lao Tzu
    “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #22
    Lao Tzu
    “Knowing others is intelligence;
    knowing yourself is true wisdom.
    Mastering others is strength;
    mastering yourself is true power.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #23
    Lao Tzu
    “The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”
    Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

  • #24
    Lao Tzu
    “Be content with what you have;
    rejoice in the way things are.
    When you realize there is nothing lacking,
    the whole world belongs to you.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #25
    Lao Tzu
    “Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #26
    Lao Tzu
    “At the center of your being
    you have the answer;
    you know who you are
    and you know what you want.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #27
    Lao Tzu
    “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
    Lao Tzu

  • #28
    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

  • #29
    Mary Oliver
    “You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.”
    Mary Oliver, Wild Geese

  • #30
    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

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