"I very much wished not to be noticed, and to be left alone, and I sort of succeeded."
"It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely."Mary Oliver on Albert Einstein
"Alone we can do so little together we can do so much."Mary Oliver on Helen Keller
"It's often just enough to be with someone. I don't need to touch them. Not even talk. A feeling passes between you both. You're not alone."Mary Oliver on Marilyn Monroe
"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company."Mary Oliver on George Washington
"I restore myself when I'm alone."Mary Oliver on Marilyn Monroe
"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."
"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."