To be wild is not to be crazy or psychotic. True wildness is a love of nature, a delight in silence, a voice free to say spontaneous things, and an exuberant curiosity in the face of the unknown.— Robert Bly
The most competitive Robert Bly quotes that will inspire your inner self
My feeling is that poetry is also a healing process, and then when a person tries to write poetry with depth or beauty, he will find himself guided along paths which will heal him, and this is more important, actually, than any of the poetry he writes.
The beginning of love is a horror of emptiness.
We are living at an important and fruitful moment now, for it is clear to men that the images of adult manhood given by the popular culture are worn out; a man can no longer depend on them. By the time a man is thirty-five he knows that the images of the right man, the tough man, the true man which he received in high school do not work in life.
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.
Every noon as the clock hands arrive at twelve, I want to tie the two arms together, And walk out of the bank carrying time in bags.
The best poems take long journeys. I like poetry best that journeys--while remaining in the human scale--to the other world, which may be a place as easily overlooked as a bee's wing
There are very few adults in our culture able to imagine any genuine life coming from the vertical plane - tradition, religion, or devotion.
The best presenters have conversations with their audiences.
Reclaiming the sacred in our lives naturally brings us close once more to the wellsprings of poetry.
The lead either forges an instant connection with the reader, or the package fails.
When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching.
Every modern male has, lying at the bottom of his psyche, a large, primitive being covered with hair down to his feet. Making contact with this Wild Man is the step the Eighties male or the Nineties male has yet to take. That bucketing-out process has yet to begin in our contemporary culture.
The Roman Catholic Church early on simply adapted the hierarchical structure of the Roman Empire and confused the whole thing. Vertical attention and hierarchy were so entangled, that when the French killed the king during the Revolution, they lost much of their vertical attention too.
I have daughters and I have sons./When one of them lays a hand/On my shoulder, shining fish/Turn suddenly in the deep sea.
In some Mayan villages they even have a stage beyond the elder that they call the Echo Person. They say that when an Echo Person, whether a man or a woman, speaks, the words echo both in this world and in the other world. That's why they are called Echo People.
If a man, cautious, hides his limp, Somebody has to limp it! Things do it;
the surroundings limp. House walls get scars, the car breaks down; matter, in drudgery, takes it up.
Two birds fly past. They are needed somewhere.
Vertical thought likes to imagine the vast distances between the stars.
I have spent many years trying to recover a common language, one that can cross the distance between people.
I was unfaithful even to Infidelity.
One out of three black men are in the criminal justice system in some form.
Their despair is beginning to resonate through the entire culture; that is why suburban children want rap music.
Myth and poetry represent a reservoir of vertical thinking, which we could also call longing and gratitude to ancestors. We need that gratitude desperately.
Male initiation does not move toward machoism;
on the contrary, it moves toward achieving a cultivated heart before we die.
It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions.
To me, the hope lies in adults forgetting about their retirement and turning toward the adolescents and helping pull the adolescents over that mysterious line drawn on the ground into adulthood. If we don't do that, the adolescents are going to stay exactly where they are for the next 30 or 40 years.
All of Japan once a year will get up on their rooftops, because that's the night that the shepherd boy from one side of the Milky Way gets to meet the weaver girl on the other side of the Milky Way. They all get up on their roofs and watch that night. So they long for 365 days and then on the 365th night, they see the result of that longing.
By the time a man is 35 he knows that the images of the right man, the tough man, the true man which he received in high school do not work in life.
In the sibling society, both the adult and the elder get lost, and no one knows where they are.
I got about half the time I wanted to write poetry.
I got about half the time I needed to be a father. So there is something in adulthood that has to do with accepting the half of things, allowing a renunciation of the other half, accepting half a basket instead of a full basket.
The deeper question... is not whether ancient religious forms can reform... but whether new forms of nature-related spirituality might emerge.
Vertical attention is not the same as, and doesn't evolve from nor imply, hierarchy. We could say that hierarchy is associated with power, and vertical attention with longing for the Divine Feminine, for the Divine Masculine, for what the Sufis call 'wine.'
In ordinary life, a mentor can guide a young man through various disciplines, helping to bring him out of boyhood into manhood; and that in turn is associated not with body building, but with building and emotional body capable of containing more than one sort of ecstasy.
If we call the young ones, say 10 to 30 years old, 'siblings,' we can see they tend to be naturally ecological. They regard whales and owls as siblings too. That's a great advance.
One could say the higher the spirit goes, the more deeply the soul sinks down into the waters of melancholy and tragedy. Drowning in that water is as sweet as rising.
... where a man's wound is, that is where his genius will be.
We did not come to remain whole. We came to lose our leaves like the trees, Trees that start again.
Grief is the doorway to a man's feelings.
Tragedies are about the depths that call up to certain men and insist that they descend.
Adolescents believe that the world belongs to the living, or more particularly to living people their age, so they feel within their rights if they destroy the canon or rewrite the fairy stories or act like Red Guards.
Transcendence or detachment, leaving the body, pure love, lack of jealousy-that's the vision we are given in our culture, generally, when we think of the highest thing. . . . Another way to look at it is that the aim of the person is not to be detached, but to be more attached-to be attached to working; to be attached to making chairs or something that helps everyone; to be attached to beauty; to be attached to music.
The dead made this world. We didn't make it. They made the poetry and the songs and the customs.
The French still offer Sartre and Derrida rather than Pascal.
I have risen to a body not yet born, existing like a light around a body through which the body moves like a sliding moon.
It’s all right if you grow your wings on the way down.
The distance between the adolescent and the true adult is about five thousand miles, but the distance between the adult and the elder is almost as large.
As a parent you have to do some renunciation.
Hierarchy, as in the Catholic Church, has to do with power, and vertical attention has to do with longing.
The candle is not lit To give light, but to testify to the night.
Adolescents are in just as much trouble in Native America as they are in the white community.