"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."
"Sometimes I think my husband is so amazing that I don't know why he's with me. I don't know whether I'm good enough. But if I make him happy, then I'm everything I want to be."Mary Oliver on Angelina Jolie
"If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results."Mary Oliver on George S. Patton
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."Mary Oliver on Harry S. Truman
"If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you."Mary Oliver on Les Brown
"Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."Mary Oliver on Conan O'Brien
"I very much wished not to be noticed, and to be left alone, and I sort of succeeded."
"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."