Mary Oliver on Creativity

September 7, 2019

The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life (from Brain Pickings)

“Certainly there is within each of us a self that is neither a child, nor a servant of the hours. It is a third self, occasional in some of us, tyrant in others. This self is out of love with the ordinary; it is out of love with time. It has a hunger for eternity.

“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.”

Mary Oliver in “Of Power and Time,” found in Upstream: Selected Essays(public library).

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/10/12/mary-oliver-upstream-creativity-power-time/

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