147 Magnificent Mary Oliver Quotes on Hope (Beautiful)

Some of Mary Oliver’s most powerful quotes on hope and what they can teach us about finding strength and resilience.

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Best Mary Oliver Quotes on Hope

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious lifePin

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver
Ten times a day something happens to me like this—some strengthening throb of amazement, some good, sweet, empathic ping and swell Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Ten times a day something happens to me like this—some strengthening throb of amazement, some good, sweet, empathic ping and swell. Mary Oliver
Happiness isn’t a town on a map, or an early arrival, or a job well done, but good work ongoingPin
Happiness isn’t a town on a map, or an early arrival, or a job well done, but good work ongoing. Mary Oliver
Emerson, I am trying to live, as you said we must, the examined life. But there are days I wish there was less in my head to examine, not to speak of the busy heart Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Emerson, I am trying to live, as you said we must, the examined life. But there are days I wish there was less in my head to examine, not to speak of the busy heart. Mary Oliver
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this worldPin
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world. Mary Oliver
The sea can do craziness, it can do smooth, it can lie down like silk breathing or toss havoc shoreward; it can give gifts or withhold all; it can rise, ebb, froth like an incoming Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
The sea can do craziness, it can do smooth, it can lie down like silk breathing or toss havoc shoreward; it can give gifts or withhold all; it can rise, ebb, froth like an incoming frenzy of fountains, or it can sweet-talk entirely, as I can too. And so, no doubt can you, and you. Mary Oliver
Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a giftPin
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
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it…It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, whatever it is, Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it…It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty
Let the path become where I choose to walk, and not otherwise established. Mary Oliver
It’s very important to write things down instantly, or you can lose the way you were thinking out a linePin
It’s very important to write things down instantly, or you can lose the way you were thinking out a line. Mary Oliver Quotes on Hope
Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us. Mary Oliver
center>We all have a hungry heart, and one of the things we hunger for is happiness. So as much as I possibly could, I stayed where I was happyPin
We all have a hungry heart, and one of the things we hunger for is happiness. So as much as I possibly could, I stayed where I was happy. Mary Oliver
It must be a great disappointment to God if we are not dazzled at least ten times a day Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
It must be a great disappointment to God if we are not dazzled at least ten times a day. Mary Oliver
A lifetime isn't long enough for the beauty of this world and the responsibilities of your lifePin
A lifetime isn’t long enough for the beauty of this world and the responsibilities of your life. Mary Oliver
As long as you’re dancing, you can break the rules. Sometimes, breaking the rules is just extending the rules. Sometimes, there are no rules Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
As long as you’re dancing, you can break the rules. Sometimes, breaking the rules is just extending the rules. Sometimes, there are no rules. Mary Oliver
The resurrection of the morning. The mystery of the night. The hummingbird's wings. The excitement of thunder. The rainbow in the waterfall. Wild mustard, that rough blaze of thePin
The resurrection of the morning. The mystery of the night. The hummingbird’s wings. The excitement of thunder. The rainbow in the waterfall. Wild mustard, that rough blaze of the fields. Mary Oliver
You can fool a lot of yourself, but you can’t fool the soul Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
You can fool a lot of yourself, but you can’t fool the soul. Mary Oliver
I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.Pin
I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too. Mary Oliver
Whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb. Mary Oliver
Maybe it's about the wonderful things that may happen if you break the ropes that are holding youPin
Maybe it’s about the wonderful things that may happen if you break the ropes that are holding you. Mary Oliver
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 Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
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. Mary Oliver
I’ll just leave you with this. I don’t care how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It’s enough to know that for some people, they exist, and that they dancePin
I’ll just leave you with this. I don’t care how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It’s enough to know that for some people, they exist, and that they dance. Mary Oliver
Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed. Mary Oliver
Therefore, dark past, I’m about to do it. I’m about to forgive you for everythingPin
Therefore, dark past, I’m about to do it. I’m about to forgive you for everything. Mary Oliver
When will you have a little pity for every soft thing that walks through the world, yourself included Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
When will you have a little pity for every soft thing that walks through the world, yourself included? Mary Oliver
I held my breath, as we do sometimes, to stop time when something wonderful has touched usPin
I held my breath, as we do sometimes, to stop time when something wonderful has touched us. Mary Oliver
What’s magical sometimes has deeper roots than reason Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
What’s magical sometimes has deeper roots than reason. Mary Oliver

Short Mary Oliver Quotes on Hope

The whirlwind of human behavior is not to be set asidePin

The whirlwind of human behavior is not to be set aside. Mary Oliver
It is better for the heart to break, than not to break Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
It is better for the heart to break, than not to break. Mary Oliver
The extraordinary is what art is aboutPin
The extraordinary is what art is about. Mary Oliver
Listen, whatever you see and love—that’s where you are Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Listen, whatever you see and love—that’s where you are. Mary Oliver
Teach the children. We don’t matter so much, but the children doPin
Teach the children. We don’t matter so much, but the children do. Mary Oliver
Always, there is something worth saying about glory, about gratitude Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Always, there is something worth saying about glory, about gratitude. Mary Oliver Quotes on Hope
I simply do not distinguish between work and playPin
I simply do not distinguish between work and play. Mary Oliver
You must never stop being whimsical Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
You must never stop being whimsical. Mary Oliver
All eternity is in the moment.Pin
All eternity is in the moment. Mary Oliver
I know many lives worth living Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
I know many lives worth living. Mary Oliver
Attention is the beginning of devotionPin
Attention is the beginning of devotion. Mary Oliver
If the world were only pain and logic, who would want it Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
If the world were only pain and logic, who would want it? Mary Oliver
I walk in the world to love it.Pin
I walk in the world to love it. Mary Oliver
My life without you would be a place of parched and broken trees Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
My life without you would be a place of parched and broken trees. Mary Oliver
Listen—are you breathing just a little, and calling it a lifePin
Listen—are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life? Mary Oliver
Invention hovers always a little above the rules Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Invention hovers always a little above the rules. Mary Oliver
Be ignited, or be gone.Pin
Be ignited, or be gone. Mary Oliver
We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it. Mary Oliver
There is only one question—how to love this worldPin
There is only one question—how to love this world. Mary Oliver
Wild sings the bird of the heart in the forests of our lives Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Wild sings the bird of the heart in the forests of our lives. Mary Oliver
Maybe our world will grow kinder eventuallyPin
Maybe our world will grow kinder eventually. Mary Oliver
There are as many worlds as there are imagineers Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
There are as many worlds as there are imagineers. Mary Oliver
Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginablePin
Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable. Mary Oliver
Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us. Mary Oliver
The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure usPin
The patterns of our lives reveal us. Our habits measure us. Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver Quotes About Navigating Life

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 Quotes on HopePin

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
This is the first, the wildest, and the wisest thing I know—that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentivenessPin
This is the first, the wildest, and the wisest thing I know—that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness. Mary Oliver
Said the river, ‘Imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Said the river, ‘Imagine everything you can imagine, then keep on going.’ Mary Oliver
With growth into adulthood, responsibilities claimed me so many heavy coats. I didn’t choose them, I don’t fault them, but it took time to reject themPin
With growth into adulthood, responsibilities claimed me so many heavy coats. I didn’t choose them, I don’t fault them, but it took time to reject them. Mary Oliver
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 Quotes on HopePin
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
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 worldPin
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
May I be the tiniest nail in the house of the universe—tiny but useful Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
May I be the tiniest nail in the house of the universe—tiny but useful. 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 itPin
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
To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. Mary Oliver
And now I understand something so frightening & wonderful how the mind clings to the road it knows, rushing through crossroads, sticking like lint to the familiarPin
And now I understand something so frightening & wonderful- how the mind clings to the road it knows, rushing through crossroads, sticking like lint to the familiar. Mary Oliver
Now, I am learning to rise above all that, learning the thin life, waking up simply to praise everything in this world that is strong and beautiful always Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Now, I am learning to rise above all that, learning the thin life, waking up simply to praise everything in this world that is strong and beautiful always. Mary Oliver
The pine tree, the leopard, the Platte River, and ourselves—we are at risk together, or we are on our way to a sustainable world together. We are each other’s destinyPin
The pine tree, the leopard, the Platte River, and ourselves—we are at risk together, or we are on our way to a sustainable world together. We are each other’s destiny. 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 Quotes on HopePin
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
We are not wise, and not very often kind; and much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility leftPin
We are not wise, and not very often kind; and much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Mary Oliver
If I have any lasting worth, it will be because I have tried to make people remember what the Earth is meant to look like Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
If I have any lasting worth, it will be because I have tried to make people remember what the Earth is meant to look like. Mary Oliver
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing—that the light is everything—that it is more than the sum of each flawed blossom rising and falling. And I doPin
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing—that the light is everything—that it is more than the sum of each flawed blossom rising and falling. And I do. Mary Oliver
Finally, 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 Quotes on HopePin
Finally, 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 Quotes on Hope
You must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your lifePin
You must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life. Mary Oliver
What I mean by spirituality is not theology, but attitude Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
What I mean by spirituality is not theology, but attitude. Mary Oliver
For some things, there are no wrong seasons—which is what I dream of for mePin
For some things, there are no wrong seasons—which is what I dream of for me. Mary Oliver
Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Mary Oliver
In the beginning, I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it. Before I knew at all who IPin
In the beginning, I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it. Before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be. Mary Oliver
Knowledge has entertained me and it has shaped me and it has failed me. Something in me still starves Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Knowledge has entertained me and it has shaped me and it has failed me. Something in me still starves. Mary Oliver
The stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your ownPin
The stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own. Mary Oliver
This isn’t a playground. This is earth, our heaven for a while. Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
This isn’t a playground. This is earth, our heaven for a while. Mary Oliver
I have given precedence to all my sudden, sullen, dark moods that hold you in the center of my world. And I say to my body, grow thinner still. And I say to my fingers, type me aPin
I have given precedence to all my sudden, sullen, dark moods that hold you in the center of my world. And I say to my body, grow thinner still. And I say to my fingers, type me a pretty song. And I say to my heart, rave on. Mary Oliver
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 Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
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
I stood willingly and gladly in the characters of everything other people, trees, clouds. And this is what I learned that the world's otherness is antidote to confusionPin
I stood willingly and gladly in the characters of everything – other people, trees, clouds. And this is what I learned – that the world’s otherness is antidote to confusion. Mary Oliver
My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—equal seekers of sweetness Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—equal seekers of sweetness. Mary Oliver
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 famPin
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
Things take the time they take. Don’t worry. How many roads did St. Augustine follow before he became St. Augustine Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Things take the time they take. Don’t worry. How many roads did St. Augustine follow before he became St. Augustine? Mary Oliver
What we must do, I suppose, is to hope the world keeps its balance; what we are to do, however, with our hearts waiting and watching truly I do not knowPin
What we must do, I suppose, is to hope the world keeps its balance; what we are to do, however, with our hearts waiting and watching-truly I do not know. Mary Oliver
There are things you can’t reach, but you can reach out to them, and all day long Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
There are things you can’t reach, but you can reach out to them, and all day long. Mary Oliver
I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wingsPin
I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome. I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing, as though I had wings. Mary Oliver
I know I can walk through the world, along the shore or under the trees, with my mind filled with things of little importance, in full self attendance. A condition I can’t really call Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
I know I can walk through the world, along the shore or under the trees, with my mind filled with things of little importance, in full self-attendance. A condition I can’t really call being alive. Mary Oliver
Here is an amazement—once, I was twenty years old and in every motion of my body, there was a delicious ease; and in every motion of the green earth, there was a hint of paradise.Pin
Here is an amazement—once, I was twenty years old and in every motion of my body, there was a delicious ease; and in every motion of the green earth, there was a hint of paradise. And now I am sixty years old, and it is the same. Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver Quotes about Aging and Moving On

When death comes, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering—what it’s going to be like, that cottage of darkness Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin

When death comes, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering—what it’s going to be like, that cottage of darkness? Mary Oliver
I too have known loneliness. I too have known what it is to feel misunderstood, rejected, and suddenly not at all beautiful. Oh, mother earth, your comfort is great, your arms neverPin
I too have known loneliness. I too have known what it is to feel misunderstood, rejected, and suddenly not at all beautiful. Oh, mother earth, your comfort is great, your arms never withhold. It has saved my life to know this. Your rivers flowing, your roses opening in the morning. Oh, motions of tenderness! Mary Oliver
Maybe death isn't darkness after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us. Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Maybe death isn’t darkness after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us. Mary Oliver
Then I remember—death comes before the rolling away of the stone.What misery to be afraid of death. What wretchedness to believe only in what can be provenPin
Then I remember—death comes before the rolling away of the stone.
What misery to be afraid of death. What wretchedness to believe only in what can be proven. Mary Oliver
When it’s over, I want to say all my life I was a bride married to amazement Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
When it’s over, I want to say all my life I was a bride married to amazement. Mary Oliver Quotes on Hope
That time, I thought I could not go any closer to grief without dying. I went closer, and I did not diePin
That time, I thought I could not go any closer to grief without dying. I went closer, and I did not die. Mary Oliver

Life and Inspiration Quotes by Mary Oliver

But literature, the best of it, does not aim to be literature. It wants and strives, beyond that artifact part of itself, to be a true part of the composite human record—that is, not Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin

But literature, the best of it, does not aim to be literature. It wants and strives, beyond that artifact part of itself, to be a true part of the composite human record—that is, not words but a reality. Mary Oliver
All important ideas must include the trees, the mountains, and the rivers. To understand many things, you must reach out of your own conditionPin
All important ideas must include the trees, the mountains, and the rivers. To understand many things, you must reach out of your own condition. Mary Oliver
Even the most solitudinous of us is communal by habit, and indeed by commitment to the bravest of our dreams, which is to make a moral world Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Even the most solitudinous of us is communal by habit, and indeed by commitment to the bravest of our dreams, which is to make a moral world. Mary Oliver
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 and want it backPin
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 and want it back. Mary Oliver
I look upon time as no more than an idea, and I consider eternity as another possibility Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
I look upon time as no more than an idea, and I consider eternity as another possibility. Mary Oliver
Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettinessPin
Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness. Mary Oliver
And that is just the point—how the world, moist and beautiful, calls each of us to make a new and serious response. That’s the big question, the one the world throws at you every Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
And that is just the point—how the world, moist and beautiful, calls 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
I would say that there exists a thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else, and that our dignity and our chances are onePin
I would say that there exists a thousand unbreakable links between each of us and everything else, and that our dignity and our chances are one. Mary Oliver Quotes on Hope
The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time. Mary Oliver
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, wePin
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
If I had another life, I would want to spend it all on some unstinting happiness Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
If I had another life, I would want to spend it all on some unstinting happiness. Mary Oliver
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 lifePin
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
Come with me into the woods where spring is advancing, as it does, no matter what, not being singular or particular, but one of the forever gifts, and certainly visible Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Come with me into the woods where spring is advancing, as it does, no matter what, not being singular or particular, but one of the forever gifts, and certainly visible. Mary Oliver
I have a little dog who likes to nap with me. He climbs on my body and puts his face in my neck. He is sweeter than soap. He is more wonderful than a diamond necklace, which can't evenPin
I have a little dog who likes to nap with me. He climbs on my body and puts his face in my neck. He is sweeter than soap. He is more wonderful than a diamond necklace, which can’t even bark… Mary Oliver
And did you feel it in your heart, how it pertained to everything And have you finally figured out what beauty is for And have you changed your life Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
And did you feel it in your heart, how it pertained to everything? And have you finally figured out what beauty is for? And have you changed your life? Mary Oliver
Three things to remember As long as you’re dancing, you can break the rules. Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules. Sometimes there are no rulesPin
Three things to remember: As long as you’re dancing, you can break the rules. Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules. Sometimes there are no rules. Mary Oliver
It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning, in this broken world Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
It is a serious thing just to be alive on this fresh morning, in this broken world. Mary Oliver
I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribedPin
I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed. Mary Oliver
The farthest star and the mud at our feet are a family; and there is no decency or sense in honoring one thing, or a few things, and then closing the list Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
The farthest star and the mud at our feet are a family; and there is no decency or sense in honoring one thing, or a few things, and then closing the list. Mary Oliver
I acknowledge my feeling and gratitude for life by praising the world and whoever made all these thingsPin
I acknowledge my feeling and gratitude for life by praising the world and whoever made all these things. Mary Oliver
Sing if you can sing, and if not, still be musical inside yourself Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Sing if you can sing, and if not, still be musical inside yourself. 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 kindnessPin
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
What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass What would this world be like without dogs Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What would this world be like without dogs? Mary Oliver
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 rainPin
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
Dawn is a gift. Much is revealed about a person about his or her passion, or indifference, to this opening of the door of day. No one who loves dawn, and is abroad to see it, could be a stranger to me Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Dawn is a gift. Much is revealed about a person about his or her passion, or indifference, to this opening of the door of day. No one who loves dawn, and is abroad to see it, could be a stranger to me. 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 lightPin
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
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 Quotes on HopePin
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
This is to say nothing against afternoons, evenings, or even midnight. Each has its portion of the spectacularPin
This is to say nothing against afternoons, evenings, or even midnight. Each has its portion of the spectacular. Mary Oliver
How could there be a day in your whole life that doesn’t have its splash of happiness Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
How could there be a day in your whole life that doesn’t have its splash of happiness? Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver on Love and Friendship

From the complications of loving you, I think there is no end or return. No answer, no coming out of it. Which is the only way to love, isn’t it Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin

From the complications of loving you, I think there is no end or return. No answer, no coming out of it. Which is the only way to love, isn’t it? Mary Oliver
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,Pin
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
Things! Burn them, burn them! Make a beautiful fire! More room in your heart for love, for the trees! For the birds who own nothing—the reason they can fly Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Things! Burn them, burn them! Make a beautiful fire! More room in your heart for love, for the trees! For the birds who own nothing—the reason they can fly. Mary Oliver
So, be slow if you must, but let the heart still play its true part. Love still as once you loved, deeply and without patiencePin
So, be slow if you must, but let the heart still play its true part. Love still as once you loved, deeply and without patience. Mary Oliver
My life without you would be a place of parched and broken trees Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
My life without you would be a place of parched and broken trees. Mary Oliver Quotes on Hope
There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled. Like telling someone you love them, or giving your money away—all of itPin
There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled. Like telling someone you love them, or giving your money away—all of it. Mary Oliver
Your heart is beating, isn’t it You’re not in chains, are you There is nothing more pathetic than caution when headlong might save a life, even possibly, your own Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Your heart is beating, isn’t it? You’re not in chains, are you? There is nothing more pathetic than caution when headlong might save a life, even possibly, your own. Mary Oliver
Though I play at the edges of knowing, truly I know our part is not knowing, but looking, and touching, and lovingPin
Though I play at the edges of knowing, truly I know our part is not knowing, but looking, and touching, and loving. Mary Oliver
You have broken my heart. Just as well. Now, I am learning to rise above all that, learning the thin life Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
You have broken my heart. Just as well. Now, I am learning to rise above all that, learning the thin life. Mary Oliver
So it is, if the heart devotes itself to love, there is not a single inch of emptinessPin
So it is, if the heart devotes itself to love, there is not a single inch of emptiness. Mary Oliver
Also, I wanted to be able to love, and we all know how that one goes, don’t we Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Also, I wanted to be able to love, and we all know how that one goes, don’t we? Mary Oliver
In this universe we are given two gifts the ability to love, and the ability to ask questions. Which are, at the same time, the fires that warm us and the fires that scorch usPin
In this universe we are given two gifts: the ability to love, and the ability to ask questions. Which are, at the same time, the fires that warm us and the fires that scorch us. Mary Oliver
There are a hundred paths through the world that are easier than loving. But, who wants easier Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
There are a hundred paths through the world that are easier than loving. But, who wants easier? 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 itPin
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. 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 Quotes on HopePin
So every day I was surrounded by the beautiful crying forth of the ideas of God, one of which was you. 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 lovesPin
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
This self is out of love with the ordinary; it is out of love with time. It has a hunger for eternity Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
This self is out of love with the ordinary; it is out of love with time. It has a hunger for eternity. Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver on Writing

Poetry is a life cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.Pin

Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry. Yes indeed. Mary Oliver
He is exactly the poem I wanted to write Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
He is exactly the poem I wanted to write. Mary Oliver
Poetry is one of the ancient arts, and it began as did all the fine arts, within the original wilderness of the earthPin
Poetry is one of the ancient arts, and it began as did all the fine arts, within the original wilderness of the earth. Mary Oliver
Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket you put your life into it and make something out of that Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that. Mary Oliver
The poem in which the reader does not feel himself or herself a participant is a lecture, listened to from an uncomfortable chair, in a stuffy room, inside a building.Pin
The poem in which the reader does not feel himself or herself a participant is a lecture, listened to from an uncomfortable chair, in a stuffy room, inside a building. Mary Oliver
Poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry Mary Oliver Quotes on HopePin
Poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry. Mary Oliver Quotes on Hope

Summary

Mary Oliver was an American poet known for her contemplative and lyrical works that often centered around nature and the natural world. Born in 1935 in Ohio, Oliver grew up in a tumultuous household, with a father who was abusive and an absent mother. Despite the challenges she faced in her childhood, Oliver found solace in the outdoors, often spending hours alone in the woods and fields around her home.

Oliver published her first collection of poetry, “No Voyage and Other Poems,” in 1963, but it was her fourth collection, “American Primitive,” published in 1983, that brought her widespread acclaim. The collection won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and established Oliver as one of the most important voices in American poetry.

Throughout her career, Oliver continued to explore themes of nature, spirituality, and the human condition. She often drew inspiration from her observations of the natural world, and her works reflected a deep reverence for the beauty and complexity of the natural world. Her poetry was also marked by a deep sense of spirituality, with many of her works exploring themes of faith, grace, and transcendence.

Despite her success as a poet, Oliver remained deeply private throughout her life. She lived in a small town in Massachusetts with her partner, photographer Molly Malone Cook, and was known for her reclusive nature. Oliver was also famously protective of her work, rarely giving interviews or sharing insights into her creative process.

Oliver passed away in 2019 at the age of 83, leaving behind a rich legacy of works that continue to inspire and captivate readers around the world. Her poetry is celebrated for its clarity and simplicity, and for its ability to evoke a sense of wonder and awe in readers. In a world that can often feel chaotic and overwhelming, Oliver’s works offer a reminder of the beauty and grace that can be found in even the smallest moments of life.

Overall, Mary Oliver was a poet of great depth and sensitivity, whose works continue to resonate with readers today. Her poems offer a powerful reminder of the importance of connecting with the natural world, and of finding meaning and purpose in even the most difficult of circumstances.

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