Mary Oliver Quotes (Author of A Thousand Mornings)
Quotes About Winter from Our Favorite Authors
Her poems take your breath away and dare you to live a bold life. Hello you who made the morning and spread it over the fields…Watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness. Then forget it. Then, love the world. This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness. I wrote that way too. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.
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. Her words contain a certain simplicity, minimalism, and clarity of vision that we rarely find in our convoluted, hyperspeed world. Her work hearkens back to the poetic prose of Thoreau , the poetry of Whitman , and the writings of British Romantics such as Wordsworth and Shelley. I consider this poem to be a concise and profound roadmap to a life of wisdom. Take it in slowly and breathe a sigh of relief. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
My obsession with writing began with poetry in grade school. I cherished my hardcover copy of The Complete Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh with its beautifully illustrated dust jacket. All of my favorite characters danced across the pages pulling me into the magic of the musical words. And so I decided to try my own hand at the art of Poetry. And while I would say that it was Maya Angelou who solidified my passion for poetry, it was Mary Oliver who changed—and perhaps saved— my life with a single poem. Being a woman is hard, but becoming a woman is even harder.
I decided very early that I wanted to write. But I didn't think of it as a career.
haruki murakami and once the storm is over