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    I'd rather write about polar bears than people.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: people  write 
     
    The woods that I loved as a child are entirely gone. The woods that I loved as a young adult are gone. The woods that most recently I walked in are not gone, but they're full of bicycle trails.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: children  young  adult  child  gone 
     
    I'm going to die one day. I know it's coming for me, too. I'll be a mountain, I'll be a stone on the beach. I'll be nourishment.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: die 
     
    There is nothing better than work. Work is also play; children know that. Children play earnestly as if it were work. But people grow up, and they work with a sorrow upon them. It's duty.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: children  people  work  sorrow  child 
     
    You can fool a lot of yourself but you can't fool the soul.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: soul  fools 
     
    Words have not only a definition... but also the felt quality of their own kind of sound.
    — Mary Oliver
    Instead of taking the reader by the hand and running him down the hill, I want to lead him into a house of many rooms, and leave him alone in each of them.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: alone  running 
     
    I would rather write poems than prose, any day, any place. Yet each has its own force.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: write  poem 
     
    I grew up in a confused house: too much unwanted attention or none at all.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: attention 
     
    Wasn't it Emerson who said, 'My life is for itself and not for a spectacle'? I have a happy, full, good life because I hold it private.
    — Mary Oliver
    Writers must... take care of the sensibility that houses the possibility of poems.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: care  possibility  poem 
     
    Sometimes breaking the rules is extending the rules.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: rules 
     
    I always feel that whatever isn't necessary shouldn't be in a poem.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: poem 
     
    I have the feeling that a lot of poets writing now are - they sort of tap dance through it.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: writing  poet  dance 
     
    Apparently, I've been considered a recluse.
    — Mary Oliver
    My parents didn't care very much what I did, and that was probably a blessing.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: blessing  care  parent 
     
    Poetry is meant to be heard.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: poetry 
     
    To tell you the truth, I believe everything - tigers, trees, stones - are sentient in one way or another. You'd never catch me idly kicking a stone, for example.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: truth  believe  example 
     
    Animals praise a good day, a good hunt. They praise rain if they're thirsty. That's prayer. They don't live an unconscious life, they simply have no language to talk about these things. But they are grateful for the good things that come along.
    — Mary Oliver
    I learn a lot about my poems when I read them by the way people respond to them.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: people  learn  poem  read 
     
    At the time I was growing up, literature was involved with the so-called confessional poets. And I was not interested in that. I did not think that specific and personal perspective functioned well for the reader at all.
    — Mary Oliver
    Believe me, if anybody has a job and starts at 9, there's no reason why they can't get up at 4:30 or five and write for a couple of hours, and give their employers their second-best effort of the day - which is what I did.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: believe  job  write 
     
    I know the sag of the unfinished poem. And I know the release of the poem that is finished.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: poem 
     
    I like books that are fat and full.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: book 
     
    The challenge is to keep up with all the new poets at the same time I love the old ones.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: time  challenge  poet 
     
    I read Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet, every day.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: read  poet 
     
    I went to India and was quite taken with it. There's a feeling there that things are holy first and useful second.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: holy  india 
     
    Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: heart 
     
    I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us...
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: time 
     
    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
    tags: chance  world 
     
    Maybe the world, without us, is the real poem.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: world  real  poem 
     
    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
    tags: time  live  world  knowing 
     
    You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.
    — 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.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: animals  body 
     
    One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began....
    — Mary Oliver
    We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: beauty 
     
    I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: kindness  believe 
     
    I don't ask for the sights in front of me to change, only the depth of my seeing.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: seeing 
     
    Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers. Let me keep company always with those who say "Look!" and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads. (from "Mysteries, Yes")
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: company 
     
    Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.
    — Mary Oliver
    tags: living  attention 
     
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    mary oliver
    Birth    : September 10, 1935
    Occupation  : Poet