Top 10 Quotes by Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver

I have a notion that if you are going to be spiritually curious, you better not get cluttered up with too many material things.

Mary Oliver
To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. Mary Ol
Mary Oliver

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine

Mary Oliver
To find a new word that is accurate and different, you have to be alert for it.
Mary Oliver

Poetry is a life-cherishing force.

Mary Oliver
It's very important to write things down instantly, or you can lose the way you were thinking out a line. I have a rule that if I wake up at 3 in the morning and think of something, I write it down. I can't wait until morning-it'll be gone.
Mary Oliver

Belief isn't always easy. But this much I have learned--- if not enough else--- to live with my eyes open.

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. (from “Mysteries, Yesâ€)
Mary Oliver

In this universe we are given two gifts: the ability to love and the ability to question. Which are, at the same time, the fires that warm us and the fires that scorch us.

Mary Oliver
We can know a lot. And still, no doubt, there are rash and wonderful ideas brewing somewhere; there are many surprises yet to come.