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Mary Oliver

To believe in the soul—to believe in it exactly as much and as hardily as one believes in a mountain, say, or a fingernail, which is ever in view— imagine the consequences! How far-reaching, and thoroughly wonderful! For everything, by such a belief, would be charged, and changed. You wake in the morning, the soul exists, your mouth sings it, your mind accepts it. And the perceived, tactile world is, upon the instant, only half the world! — Mary Oliver, Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems. (Mariner Books; 3/25/00 edition, April 24, 2000)

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