"We all have a hungry heart, and one of the things we hunger for is happiness. So as much as I possibly could, I stayed where I was happy. I spent a great deal of time in my younger years just writing and reading, walking around the woods in Ohio, where I grew up."
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."Mary Oliver on John Barrymore
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."Mary Oliver on Dalai Lama
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."Mary Oliver on Abraham Lincoln
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."Mary Oliver on Martha Washington
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."Mary Oliver on Mahatma Gandhi
"I very much wished not to be noticed, and to be left alone, and I sort of succeeded."
"When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms."
"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."
"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."
"Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket you put your life into it and make something out of that."
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