Mary Oliver

A Quote by Mary Oliver on love, life, and enthusiasm

And I say to my heart: rave on.

Mary Oliver

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Mary Oliver on breathing, breath, life, meaning, and purpose

What can we do but keep on breathing in and out, modest and willing, and in our places?

Mary Oliver

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by 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

Source: Thirst

Contributed by: . w h a l e d r e a m e r

A Quote by Mary Oliver on forgiveness, love, purpose, direction, goodness, repentence, body, and self acceptance

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

Source: New and Selected Poems - Volume one "Wild Geese"

Contributed by: Terrill

A Quote by Mary Oliver on womenswisdom, letting go, love, and life


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

Contributed by: tara

A Quote by Mary Oliver

The Summer Day

Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face. Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away. I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver

Contributed by: emily marie

A Quote by Mary Oliver on precious, wild, and life

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

Mary Oliver

Contributed by: Gaia Team

Syndicate content