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Sharon Olds Quotes and Sayings
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I wish I wrote more about the world at more distance from myself.
- Sharon Olds

So I did quit coffee and I did quit smoking.
But I haven't managed that with drinking!
- Sharon Olds

Their spirits and their visions are embodied in their craft.
And so is mine.
It's not Jane Saw Puff.
But the clarity of Jane Saw Puff is precious to me.
- Sharon Olds

When I quit all these things and said I didn't have any time,
I meant I didn't have any time.
- Sharon Olds

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Well, "The Wellspring" was written from 1983 to 1986.
And it had a section in the beginning that was poems
that began from others' experience.
- Sharon Olds

There are some fine books and essays about that.
Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and
the role that society gives its writers -
encouraging them to die.
- Sharon Olds

Many poets write books.
They'll tell you: Well, I've got my next book,
but there are two poems I need to write,
one about x, one about y. This is a wonder to me.
- Sharon Olds


 

It might be a bad thing, not to know what's going on in the world.
I can't say I really approve of it.
- Sharon Olds

My poems - I don't even like the sound of that,
in a way.
Not that anyone else wrote them.
But we know that only people who are really close to
us care about our personal experience.
- Sharon Olds

At one point I took on a new job, and I just didn't
have time to do anything but work.
- Sharon Olds

I'm probably so out of it at my age that I don't know what people think.
- Sharon Olds

Well, one thing I'm really interested in,
when I'm writing, is being accurate.
- Sharon Olds

I was very afraid that I wouldn't be able to do this job well.
And the time never came back.
- Sharon Olds

I think this is true for all artists.
My senses are very important to me.
- Sharon Olds

The amount of horror one used to hear about in one
village could be quite extreme.
But one might not have heard about all the other villages'
horrors at the same time.
- Sharon Olds

I think that there are fiction writers for whom that works well.
I could never do it.
I feel as if, by the time I see that it's a poem,
it's almost written in my head somewhere.
- Sharon Olds

This creature of the poem may assemble itself into
a being with its own centrifugal force.
- Sharon Olds

The older I get, the more I feel almost beautiful.
- Sharon Olds

I didn't have time to sit down and look at the work
of a year and choose what to type.
- Sharon Olds

Maybe we can use a metaphor for it, out of dance.
I think for many years I was aware of the need,
in dance and in life, to breathe deeply and to take
in more air than we usually take in.
- Sharon Olds

I'm not sure that the benefit - as a writer and as a citizen -
that I would get from reading at least the front page
of the Times every day or every other day would outweigh the depression.
- Sharon Olds

The decision for me was whether to have "The Father"
be a book that told a story -
from the point of view of this speaker,
the daughter - without, as in the earlier books,
then having a section on something else and a section on something else.
- Sharon Olds

If I wrote in a sonnet form, I would be distorting.
Or if I had some great new idea for line breaks and I used it in a poem,
but it's really not right for that poem,
but I wanted it, that would be distorting.
- Sharon Olds

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous PHOTO

We must become the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi PHOTO

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

Learn to become still. And to take your attention
away from what you don't want, and all the emotional charge around it,
and place your attention on what you wish to experience.
- Michael Beckwith

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
- Anonymous

Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom,
no longer lend your strength to that
which you wish to be free from.
Fill your life with love and bravery,
and you shall live a life uncommon.
- Jewel

Life is best when I wish neither to hurry the future nor to slow it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

A dream is a wish your heart makes.
- The Supremes

Is freedom anything else than the right
to live as we wish? Nothing else.
- Epictetus

We can change our lives.
We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.
- Tony Robbins

Do not wish to be anything but what you are,
and try to be that perfectly.
- St. Francis De Sales

If you wish to experience peace,
provide peace for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

You are never given a wish without also
being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.
- Richard Bach

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
- Epictetus

My wish is to ride the tempest, tame the waves.
- Trieu Thi Trinh

Be as you wish to seem.
- Socrates

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

We must be the change we wish to see.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

I did not wish to take a cabin passage,
but rather to go before the mast
and on the deck of the world,
for there I could best see
the moonlight amid the mountains.
I do not wish to go below now.
- Henry David Thoreau

Know that the true essence of the Golden Rule
is always being compassionate, kind,
generous, and being in service to others.
Compelling others to behave as you wish
them to behave in the name of the
Golden Rule is a corruption of a sacred principle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child,
we should first examine it and see whether it is
not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
- Carl Jung

If you wish to see the truth,
then hold no opinion for or against.
- Osho

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard

"I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh.
"I wish I were there to be doing it, too."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Do not seek to bring things to pass
in accordance with your wishes,
but wish for them as they are,
and you will find them.
- Epictetus

Life is to be taken lightly
by those who wish to be happy
and by those who wish to age gracefully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

I do not wish to treat friendships daintily,
but with roughest courage.
When they are real, they are
not glass threads or frost-work,
but the solidest thing we know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish.
Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe,
nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws,
but the smallest insect, we wish
to be created at once by special act.
- Charles Darwin

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wish you a rainbows and butterflies kind of day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s,
and I wouldn't wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.
- Lionel Blue

No one ever said on their deathbed, 'Gee,
I wish I had spent more time alone with my computer'.
- Danielle Berry

Whoever, fleeing marriage and the sorrows that women cause,
does not wish to wed comes to a deadly old age.
- Hesiod

I wish you a tea and jammies kind of day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I just wish I could understand my father.
- Michael Jackson

If we wish to make a new world we have the material ready.
The first one, too, was made out of chaos.
- Robert Quillen

You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall
those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
- Lewis B. Smedes

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone
who has just done you a small favor
wish that he might have done you a greater one.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I would love a family.
I'm at the age where the wish for a child gets stronger.
But who knows.
- Cameron Diaz

I wish you a magical white rabbit kind of day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is legal because I wish it.
- Louis XIV

Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned
by that which charmed their fathers.
- Aldous Huxley

What then is time? If no one asks me,
I know what it is.
If I wish to explain it to him who asks,
I do not know.
- Saint Augustine

My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage,
and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.
- Carly Fiorina


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