"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."
"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."Mary Oliver on Lao Tzu
"Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."Mary Oliver on Oscar Wilde
"Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is."Mary Oliver on Jim Morrison
"Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye."Mary Oliver on H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
"Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable."Mary Oliver on Bruce Lee
"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."
"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."