"I simply do not distinguish between work and play."
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."Mary Oliver on Confucius
"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence."Mary Oliver on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."Mary Oliver on Thomas A. Edison
"By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day."Mary Oliver on Robert Frost
"Nothing will work unless you do."Mary Oliver on Maya Angelou
"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."
"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."
"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."