Mary Oliver Quotes.

11. "Athletes take care of their bodies. Writers must similarly take care of the sensibility that houses the possibility of the poems. There is nourishment in books, other art, history, philosophies--in holiness and mirth."
- Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook

12. "Especially when writers are just starting out, the emphasis should be not only upon what they write, but equally upon the process of writing. A successful class is a class where no one feels that 'writer's block' is a high-priority subject."
- Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook

13. "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, Blue Iris: Poems and Essays

14. "You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life."
- Mary Oliver, Wild Geese

15. "I read the way a person might swim, to save his or her life. I wrote that way too."
- Mary Oliver, Wild Geese

16. "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, Wild Geese

17. "...whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh & exciting - over & over announcing your place in the family of things."
- Mary Oliver, Wild Geese

18. "You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves."
- Mary Oliver, Wild Geese

19. "There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled. Like, telling someone you love them. Or giving your money away, all of it. 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, Felicity

20. "If you're John Muir you want trees to live among. If you're Emily, a garden will do. Try to find the right place for yourself. If you can't find it, at least dream of it. When one is alone and lonely, the body gladly lingers in the wind or the rain, or splashes into the cold river, or pushes through the ice-crusted snow. Anything that touches. God, or the gods, are invisible, quite understandable. But holiness is visible, entirely. Some words will never leave God's mouth, no matter how hard you listen."
- Mary Oliver, Felicity

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