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  • #1
    Willa Cather
    “I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.”
    Willa Cather, My Ántonia

  • #2
    Willa Cather
    “The soul cannot be humbled by fasts and prayer; it must be broken by mortal sin to experience forgiveness of sin and rise to a state of grace. Otherwise, religion is nothing but dead logic.”
    Willa Cather

  • #3
    Willa Cather
    “Where there is great love, there are always miracles.”
    Willa Cather
    tags: love

  • #4
    Willa Cather
    “It's all very well to tell us to forgive our enemies; our enemies can never hurt us very much. But oh, what about forgiving our friends?”
    Willa Cather, My Mortal Enemy

  • #5
    Willa Cather
    “Let your fiction grow out of the land beneath your feet.”
    Willa Cather

  • #6
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Let everything happen to you
    Beauty and terror
    Just keep going
    No feeling is final”
    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • #7
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • #8
    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

  • #9
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • #10
    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

  • #11
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “only someone who is ready for everything, who doesn't exclude any experience, even the most incomprehensible, will live the relationship with another person as something alive and will himself sound the depths of his own being.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

  • #12
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “The necessary thing is after all but this; solitude, great inner solitude. Going into oneself for hours meeting no one - this one must be able to attain.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

  • #13
    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

  • #14
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Do not assume that he who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life may also have much sadness and difficulty, that remains far beyond yours. Were it otherwise, he would never have been able to find these words.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • #15
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet



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