· Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
· Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.
· Instructions for living a life.
Tell about it.
· Listen--are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?
• To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.
· Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.
· The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.
· You can have the other words-chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I'll take grace. I don't know what it is exactly, but I'll take it.
· Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled—
to cast aside the weight of facts
and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
· 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.
When it is over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.
I don't want to end up simply having visited this world.