MARY OLIVER DEVOTIONS QUOTES

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

“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Listen- are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?”

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

“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.”

“There is only one question: how to love this world.”

“Ah, world, what lessons you prepare for us, even in the leafless winter, even in the ashy city.”

“Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”

“When it’s over, I want to say all my life I was a bride married to amazement.”

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.”

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”

“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.”

“There is beauty everywhere, you just have to be open to seeing it.”

“Don’t be afraid of its plenty.”

“Every day I walk out into the world to be dazzled, then to be reflective.”

“Love yourself. Then forget it. Then, love the world.”

“The heart’s reckless tides are also its greatest gifts.”

“I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”

“In the black river of loss, I was emptying my dream-hoarding cup.”

“The dream of my life is simple: to be found worthy to be a witness to these terrifying and also wondrous landscapes.”

“Wild geese fly in front of the moon. Why do they not disappear?”

“Sometimes I need only to stand wherever I am to be blessed.”

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow.”

“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable ways of being alive.”

“That you must in solitude and smallness build this thing you would have the world be.”

“Keep your face turned towards the sun and the shadows will always fall behind you.”