January 18

Wise Words From Mary Oliver You Need To Hear Today, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Here are some beautiful snippets of poetry written by the beloved Mary Oliver:

Aries: March 21 – April 19th

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”

Taurus: April 20th – May 20th

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees.”

Gemini: May 21st – June 20th

“Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers. Let me keep company always with those who say  ‘Look!’ and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads.”

Cancer: June 21st – July 22nd

“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.”

Leo: July 23rd – August 22nd

“It’s not a competition, it’s a doorway.”

Virgo: August 23rd – September 22nd

“You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.”

Libra: September 23rd – October 22nd

“It is better for the heart to break, than not to break.”

Scorpio: October 23rd – November 21st

“Love yourself. Then forget it.
Then, love the world.”

Sagittarius: November 22nd – December 21st

“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”

Capricorn: December 22nd – January 19th

“In this universe we are given two gifts: the ability to love, and the ability to ask questions. Which are, at the same time, the fires that warm us and the fires that scorch us.”

Aquarius: January 20th – February 18th

“Creative work needs solitude. It needs concentration, without interruptions. It needs the whole sky to fly in.”

Pisces: February 19th – March 20th

“Listen. Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?” Thought Catalog Logo Mark

About the author

Holly Riordan

Holly is the author of Severe(d): A Creepy Poetry Collection.