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Nothing riveting, but it certainly provides a good amount of quotes that I adore.

"And what is there, truly done, that is not prayer?"
"A work of art is good if it has sprung from necessity."
"Live the questions now. Perhaps you will gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."
"What goes on in your innermost being is worthy of your whole love."
"....grownups are nothing and their dignity has no value."
"For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most dif
This is not actually a book of poetry, but it is as close as prose can get. Rilke writes a stunning series of letters to the titular young poet, the student of one of his teachers, in a correspondence that provides a gorgeous glimpse of Rilke's artistic mind. It also is a reminder of the beauty of the almost-defunct art of letter writing. The book is small, and I promise that you will blast through it.
Mike Vigorous
I've loved every bit of Rilke's poetry I've read, but I couldn't stand these letters. Half of me saw them as a tired, private communication between an artist and an aspirant, How to Live Authentically; reasonable letters, bad book. The other half of me was repulsed, unable to look past the fawning, excessive chic granted them.
Life-changing they are not.
I read this book soon after I started my job at Duke, so I was prime for being inspired, and I was. I wish I'd written a review at the time to help me remember specifics, but do remember that it gave me some great things to think about at that time of transition in my life.
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