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Mary Oliver says I tell you this to break your heart…

“I tell you this to break your heart, by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world.” – Mary Oliver, New and Selected poems, Vol. 2

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Mary Olivers says are you breathing just a little…

“Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” – Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver says I walk like this around the pond…

“Every morning I walk like this around the pond, thinking: if the doors of my heart ever close, I am as good as dead.” – Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver says you do not have to be good…

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” – … Continue reading

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Mary Oliver says someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness…

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” – Mary Oliver

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Mary Oliver says what is it you plan to do…

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems

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Mary Oliver says you must be able to do three things…

“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, … Continue reading

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