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My work is loving the world.
— Mary Oliver


I look upon time as no more than an idea.


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.
— Mary Oliver
One of our great assistances is, of course, punctuation.  But it occurred to me that, perhaps, each of us writers has only perhaps a finite amount of it for our use, and we should use it judiciously—lest we hear a voice, suddenly, when we need it, saying, "No more semicolons!" "You're finished with your dashes!"  And, also, that passive-aggressive comma, with which we so carefully set off what is nice, so it won't be missed.
— Mary Oliver