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And there you are
on the shore,

fitful and thoughtful, trying
to attach them to an idea —
some news of your own life.
But the lilies

are slippery and wild—they are
devoid of meaning, they are
simply doing,
from the deepest

spurs of their being,
what they are impelled to do
every summer.
And so, dear sorrow, are you.


Mary Oliver

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MARY OLIVER
Does the hummingbird think he himself invented his crimson throat?
He is wiser than that, I thi...
MARY OLIVER
All my life
I have been restless-
I have felt there is something
more wonderful than ...
MARY OLIVER
When I have to die, I would like to die
on a day of rain -
long rain, slow rain, the kind ...
MARY OLIVER
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
MARY OLIVER
When Death Comes

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when...
MARY OLIVER
I like working alone. I feel freer, less constrained. I know what I have to do and I try to do it. T...
OLIVER
I don't think any responsible performer would go on stage high. If he convinced himself he is better...
OLIVER
I wouldn't say I'm happy, but I look at things in a soft way. I try to convey more personal interact...
OLIVER
My job is to entertain people by playing my music well. You shouldn't really be upset because people...
OLIVER
I don't try to analyze my style now or I might lose it. Right now it's automatic and I don't want to...
OLIVER
I think some entertainers have been very irresponsible in their part in making drug use a fad among ...
OLIVER
Only a newspaper! Quick read, quick lost, Who sums the treasure that it carries hence? Torn, ...
MARY CLEMMER (MARY CLEMMER AMES)
The Indian Summer, the dead Summer's soul.
MARY CLEMMER (MARY CLEMMER AMES)
To serve thy generation, this thy fate: "Written in water," swiftly fades thy name; But he who...
MARY CLEMMER (MARY CLEMMER AMES)
Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there's a tomorrow. Maybe for you there's one thousand t...
LAUREN OLIVER
And then, just at that moment, when I'm no longer sure if I'm dreaming or awake or walking some vall...
LAUREN OLIVER
The State, in choosing men to serve it, takes no notice of their opinions. If they be willing faithf...
OLIVER CROMWELL
It seemed to me pretty plain, that they had more of love than matrimony in them.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Hope, like the gleaming taper
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
One of the joys of going to the movies was that it was trashy, and we should never lose that.
OLIVER STONE
Write how you want, the critic shall show the world you could have written better.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.
OLIVER CROMWELL
Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Good counsel rejected returns to enrich the givers bosom.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
No man rises so high as he knows not whither he goes.
OLIVER CROMWELL
He cast off his friends as a huntsman his pack, for he knew when he pleased he could whistle them ba...
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Necessity has no law.
OLIVER CROMWELL
The pictures placed for ornament and use, The twelve good rules, the royal game of goose.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
In arguing, too, the parson own'd his skill, For even though vanquished he could argue still.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Where'er I roam, whatever realms to see, My heart untravelled, fondly turns to thee; Still to ...
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Man wants but little here below Nor wants that little long.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
The whitewash'd wall, the nicely sanded floor, The varnish'd clock that click'd behind the door; ...
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Her modest looks the cottage might adorn, Sweet as the primrose peeps beneath the thorn.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Thus 'tis with all; their chief and constant care Is to seem everything but what they are.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
This same philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an arrant jade on a journey.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Paint me as I am. If you leave out the scars and wrinkles, I will not pay you a shilling.
OLIVER CROMWELL
Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace the day's disasters in his morning face.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Let schoolmasters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning; Good liquor, I...
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Amid thy desert-walks the lapwing flies, And tires their echoes with unvaried cries.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Every absurdity has a champion to defend it, for error is always talkative.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Careless their merits or their faults to scan, His pity gave ere charity began.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
A few honest men are better than numbers.
OLIVER CROMWELL
Nature can do more than physicians.
OLIVER CROMWELL
Be not affronted at a joke. If one throw salt at thee, thou wilt receive no harm, unless thou art ra...
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
It's a great time to be doing political satire when the world is on a knife edge.
JOHN OLIVER
The End is Nigh!" the man shouted.
"Is there still time for hot chocolate?" Riley asked.
T...
JANA OLIVER
What cities, as great as this, have . . . promised themselves immortality! Posterity can hardly tr...
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Let observation with observant view, Observe mankind from China to Peru.
OLIVER GOLDSMITH
Attending a Sarah Palin rally was simultaneously one of the strangest and most chilling events of my...
JOHN OLIVER
The popularity of leaders like Mandela was an invitation to counter-attack by the government. Mandel...
OLIVER TAMBO
I was provided with additional input that was radically different from the truth. I assisted in furt...
OLIVER NORTH
The apartheid system renounces no violence.
OLIVER TAMBO
It may be that apartheid brings such stupendous economic advantages to countries that they would soo...
OLIVER TAMBO
In any film there's always a historical implication.
OLIVER STONE