Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
So this is how you swim inward. So this is how you flow outwards. So this is how you pray.
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 love the line of Flaubert about observing things very intensely. I think our duty as writers begins not with our own feelings, but with the powers of observing.
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.
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.
I have a notion that if you are going to be spiritually curious, you better not get cluttered up with too many material things.
I consider myself kind of a reporter - one who uses words that are more like music and that have a choreography. I never think of myself as a poet; I just get up and write.
Almost anything is too much. I am trying in my poems to have the reader be the experiencer. I do not want to be there. It is not even a walk we take together.
To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.
I very much wished not to be noticed, and to be left alone, and I sort of succeeded.
Walks work for me. I enter some arena that is neither conscious or unconscious.
I think one thing is that prayer has become more useful, interesting, fruitful, and... almost involuntary in my life.
Writers sometimes give up what is most strange and wonderful about their writing - soften their roughest edges - to accommodate themselves toward a group response.
I was very careful never to take an interesting job. If you have an interesting job, you get interested in it.
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