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  • #1
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


  • #2
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #3
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #4
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Translations from the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #5
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


  • #6
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been given to us, the ultimate, the final problem and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, The Selected Poetry
    tags: love


  • #7
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away... and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast.... be happy about your growth, in which of course you can't take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don't torment them with your doubts and don't frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn't be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn't necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.... and don't expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


  • #8
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror
    which we are barely able to endure, and it amazes us so,
    because it serenely disdains to destroy us.
    Every angel is terrible.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies


  • #9
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading!”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge


  • #10
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #11
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Extinguish my eyes, I'll go on seeing you.
    Seal my ears, I'll go on hearing you.
    And without feet I can make my way to you,
    without a mouth I can swear your name.

    Break off my arms, I'll take hold of you
    with my heart as with a hand.
    Stop my heart, and my brain will start to beat.
    And if you consume my brain with fire,
    I'll feel you burn in every drop of my blood.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #12
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don't know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing so much as to change. If there is anything unhealthy in your reactions, just bear in mind that sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien; so one must simply help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and to break out with it, since that is the way it gets better.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


  • #13
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #14
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


  • #15
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Yet, no matter how deeply I go down into myself, my God is dark, and like a webbing made of a hundred roots that drink in silence.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #16
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “You who never arrived
    in my arms, Beloved, who were lost
    from the start,
    I don't even know what songs
    would please you. I have given up trying
    to recognize you in the surging wave of
    the next moment. All the immense
    images in me -- the far-off, deeply-felt landscape,
    cities, towers, and bridges, and un-
    suspected turns in the path,
    and those powerful lands that were once
    pulsing with the life of the gods--
    all rise within me to mean
    you, who forever elude me.

    You, Beloved, who are all
    the gardens I have ever gazed at,
    longing. An open window
    in a country house-- , and you almost
    stepped out, pensive, to meet me. Streets that I chanced
    upon,--
    you had just walked down them and vanished.
    And sometimes, in a shop, the mirrors
    were still dizzy with your presence and, startled, gave back
    my too-sudden image. Who knows? Perhaps the same
    bird echoed through both of us
    yesterday, separate, in the evening... ”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #17
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “I am circling around God, around the ancient tower, and I have been circling for a thousand years, and I still don't know if I am a falcon, or a storm, or a great song.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Rainer Maria Rilke's the Book of Hours: A New Translation with Commentary


  • #18
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #19
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “That’s love: Two lonely persons keep each other safe and touch each other and talk to each other.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #20
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Don't be too quick to draw conclusions from what happens to you; simply let it happen. Otherwise it will be too easy for you to look with blame... at your past, which naturally has a share with everything that now meets you.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


  • #21
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “The only sadnesses that are dangerous and unhealthy are the ones that we carry around in public in order to drown them out with the noise; like diseases that are treated superficially and foolishly, they just withdraw and after a short interval break out again all the more terribly; and gather inside us and are life, are life that is unlived, rejected, lost, life that we can die of.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


  • #22
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “How can I keep my soul in me, so that it doesn't touch your soul? How can I raise it high enough, past you, to other things?”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #23
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Every angel is terrifying.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies


  • #24
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Things aren't all so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered, and more unsayable than all other things are works of art, those mysterious existences, whose life endures beside our own small, transitory life”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #25
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #26
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “I live not in dreams but in contemplation of a reality that is perhaps the future.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #27
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “I am the rest between two notes which are somehow always in discord.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke


  • #28
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one smell, the ripe earth; in a smell that is in no way inferior to the smell of the sea, bitter where it borders on taste, and more honeysweet where you feel it touching the first sounds. Containing depth within itself, darkness, something of the grave almost.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Cézanne


  • #29
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “And your doubt can become a good quality if you train it. It must become knowing, it must become criticism. Ask it, whenever it wants to spoil something for you, why something is ugly, demand proofs from it, test it, and you will find it perhaps bewildered and embarrased, perhaps also protesting. But don't give in, insist on arguments, and act in this way, attentive and persistent, every single time, and the day will come when, instead of being a destroyer, it will become one of your best workers--perhaps the most intelligent of all the ones that are building your life.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


  • #30
    Charles Bukowski
    “My ambition is handicapped by laziness”
    Charles Bukowski, Factotum




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