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Robert Bly Quotes

Last night in my dream a man I did not know whispered in my ear that he was disappointed with me, and that I had lost his friendship.
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I am proud only of those days that pass in
undivided tenderness.

— Robert Bly

The candle is not lit
To give light, but to testify to the night.

— Robert Bly

A lazy part of us is like a tumbleweed.
It doesn't move on its own. Sometimes it takes
A lot of Depression to get tumbleweeds moving.

— Robert Bly

I know men who are healthier at fifty than they've ever been before, because a lot of their fear is gone.

— Robert Bly

Hair is intuition. Hair is the abundance of perceptions, insights, thoughts, resentments, images, fantasies waiting and ready to come out whenever we are thinking of something else.

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This resembles the slow discipline of art: it's the work that Rembrandt did, that Picasso and Yeats and Rilke and Bach did. Bucket work implies much more discipline than most men realize.

— Robert Bly

We have never understood how birds manage to fly,
Nor who the genius is who makes up dreams,
Now how heaven and earth can appear in a poem.

— Robert Bly

Contemporary man looks down into his psyche, he may, if conditions are right, find under the water of his soul, lying in an area no one has visited for a long time, an ancient hairy man.

— Robert Bly

We did not come to remain whole.
We came to lose our leaves like the trees,
Trees that start again.

— Robert Bly

Every part of our personality that we do not love will become hostile to us.

— Robert Bly

Where a man's wound is, that is where his genius will be.

— Robert Bly

Don't go outside your house to see flowers. My friend, don't bother with that excursion. Inside your body there are flowers. One flower has a thousand petals. That will do for a place to sit. Sitting there you will have a glimpse of beauty inside the body and out of it, before gardens and after gardens.

— Robert Bly

When anyone seriously pursues an art - painting, poetry, sculpture, composing - over twenty or thirty years, the sustained discipline carries the artist down to the countryside of grief, and that descent, resisted so long proves invigorating ... As I've gotten older, I find I am able to be nourished more by sorrow and to distinguish it from depression.

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The language you use for your poems should be the language you use with your friends.

— Robert Bly

Rumi is astounding, fertile, abundant, almost more an excitable library of poetry than a person.

— Robert Bly

Male initiation does not move toward machoism; on the contrary, it moves toward achieving a cultivated heart before we die.

— Robert Bly

The best presenters have conversations with their audiences.

— Robert Bly

The deeper question ... is not whether ancient religious forms can reform ... but whether new forms of nature-related spirituality might emerge ...

— Robert Bly

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