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Mary Oliver

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

— 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

#darkness #gift #love #love

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

— Mary Oliver


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

— Mary Oliver


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

— Mary Oliver

#life #whimsy #inspirational

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


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

— Mary Oliver

#endless #our #pay #pay attention #proper

It is better for the heart to break, than not to break.

— Mary Oliver


I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too.

— Mary Oliver

#writing #life

THE USES OF SORROW 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

#sorrow #uses-of-sorrow #love

About Mary Oliver

Did you know about Mary Oliver?

1980 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship
1984 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for American Primitive
1992 National Book Award for Poetry for New and Selected Poems
1998 Lannan Literary Award for poetry
1998 Honorary Doctorate from The Art Institute of Boston
2007 Honorary Doctorate Dartmouth College
2008 Honorary Doctorate Tufts University
2012 Honorary Doctorate from Marquette University


Notes. On a return visit to Austerlitz in the late 1950s Oliver met photographer Molly Malone Cook who would become her partner for over forty years. In Long life Mary Oliver says "[I] go off to my woods my ponds my sun-filled harbor no more than a blue comma on the map of the world but to me the emblem of everything.

Mary Oliver (born September 10 1935) is an American poet who has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

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