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Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “The more we speak of solitude, the clearer it becomes that at the bottom it is not something one can choose to take or leave. We are lonely. One can deceive oneself about it and act as if it were not so. That is all. But it is so much better to see that we are so, indeed even to presuppose it. It will make us dizzy, of course; because all the focal points on which our eyes were used to resting are taken away from us, there is nothing near us anymore, and everything distant is infinitely distant.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Works of art are of an infinite loneliness and with nothing so little to be reached as with criticism. Only love can grasp and hold and be just toward them.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Those who come together in the night time and entwine in swaying delight perform a serious work and gather up sweetness, depth and strength for the song of some poet that is to be, who will rise to tell of unspeakable bliss.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “It should either have passed away with my childhood, or my childhood should have flowed away from it later, leaving it behind, real among all the rest of reality, something to see and objectively tell, like a thing in Cezanne, incomprehensible for all I care, but tangible.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Your inmost happening is worth your whole love, that is what you must somehow work at, and not lose too much time and too much courage in explaining.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “If you will cling to Nature, to the simple in Nature, to the little things that hardly anyone sees, and that can so unexpectedly become big and beyond measuring; if you have this love of inconsiderable things and seek quite simply, as one who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will become easier, more coherent and somehow more conciliatory for you, not in your intellect, perhaps, which lags marveling behind, but in your inmost consciousness, waking and cognizance.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “For it is not inertia alone that is responsible for human relationships repeating themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and unrenewed; it is shyness before any sort of new, unforeseeable experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Nothing makes it more difficult to help than the intention of doing so.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “I always feel: when one person is indebted to another for something very special, that indebtedness should remain a secret between just the two of them.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Why should you want to exclude from your life all unsettling, all pain, all depression of spirit, when you don’t know what work it is these states are performing within you?”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “One has to be able at every moment to place one’s hand on the earth like the first human being.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Harshness vanished. A sudden softness has replaced the meadows’ wintry grey. Little rivulets of water changed their singing accents. Tendernesses, hesitantly, reach toward the earth from space, and country lanes are showing these unexpected subtle risings that find expression in the empty trees.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Think... of the world which you carry within yourself... and set it above everything that you notice about you. Your inmost happening is worth your whole love, that is what you must somehow work at, and not loose too much time and too much courage in explaining your attitude to people.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Works of art are born of those who confront danger, who go to the limit of an experience, to a point beyond which no human can go. The farther one ventures, the more distinctive, the more personal, the more unique life becomes.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “If your everyday life seems to lack material, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to summon up its riches, for there is no lack for him who creates and no poor, trivial place. And even if you were in a prison whose walls did not let any sound of the world outside reach your senses – would you not have your childhood still, this marvellous, lavish source, this treasure-house of memories? Turn your attention towards that.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “But everything that we encounter is so very much of one piece, and so intimately related to everything else, and has given birth to itself, grows, and is then raised so much to come into its own, that we basically just need to be there, if only unassumingly, if only authentically, the way the earth is there in its affirmation of the seasons, light and dark and wholly in space, longing to be supported by nothing but that web of influences and forces where the stars feel secure.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “What poet’s persuasion can reconcile the length of those days with the brevity of life?”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “For even the best err in words when they are meant to mean most delicate and almost inexpressible things.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “I believe that almost all our sorrows are moments of tension which we experience as a paralysis, because we no longer hear our estranged feelings living. Because we are alone with the strange thing that has entered into us; because for a moment everything familiar and customary has been taken from us; because we stand in the middle of a crossing where we cannot remain standing.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Is it not peculiar that nearly all of the great philosophers and psychologists have always paid attention to the earth and nothing but the earth? Would it not be more sublime to lift our eyes from this crumb, and instead of considering a speck of dust in the universe, to turn our attention to space itself?”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Why must a man be always taking on Things not his own, as if he were a servant whose marketing-bag grows heavier and heavier from stall to stall and, loaded down, he follows and doesn’t dare ask: Master, why this banquet?”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “And those, who come together in the night and are twined in quivering pleasure, are performing a serious work and are heaping up sweetness, depth and force for the song of some coming poet, who will arise to express inexpressible ecstasies.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “I love the dark hours of my being. My mind deepens into them.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Why should you want to give up a child’s wise not-understanding in exchange for defensiveness and scorn, since not-understanding is, after all, a way of being alone, whereas defensiveness and scorn are a participation in precisely what, by these means, you want to separate yourself from.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “What an unilateral life, when from the material of a renunciation, we must fashion something we love.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Perhaps all the dragons of your life are princesses, who are only waiting for us to show a little beauty and courage. Perhaps at the very bottom every horror is something helpless, that wants help from us.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “The main thing was to be living. That was the main thing.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “In one creative thought a thousand forgotten nights of love come to life again and fill it with majesty and exaltation. And those who come together in the nights and are entwined in rocking delight perform a solemn task and gather sweetness, depth, and strength for the song of some future poet, who will appear in order to say ecstasies that are unsayable.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Avoid providing material for the drama that is always stretched tight between parents and children; it uses up much of the children’s strength and wastes the love of the elders, which acts and warms even if it doesn’t comprehend. Don’t ask for advice from them 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 strength and blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Think, dear Sir, of the world that you carry inside you, and call this thinking whatever you want to: a remembering of your own childhood or a yearning toward a future of your own – only be attentive to what is arising within you, and place that above everything you perceive around you. What is happening on your innermost self is worthy of your entire love; somehow you must find a way to work at it, and not lose too much time or too much courage in clarifying your attitude toward people.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “How good it is to be among reading people. Why are they not always like that? You can go up to one of them and touch him lightly; he feels nothing. And if in rising, you chance to bump lightly against a neighbor and excuse yourself, he nods toward the side from which he hears your voice, his face turns toward you and does not see you, and his hair is like that of a man asleep. How comforting that is.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Perform no miracles for me, But justify Thy laws to me Which, as the years pass by me. All soundlessly unfold.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “If, however, he is the most perfect one, would not what is less than perfect precede him, so that he can choose himself from great abundance?”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “And yet they are in us, those who have long since passed away, as natural disposition, as burden on our destiny, as blood that throbs, and as gesture that rises up out of the depths of time.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “To be silent, to keep myself absolutely hidden, nothing else.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “No one would dream of expecting a single individual to be “happy” – once someone is married, however, everyone is very astonished when he is not happy!”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “In the room... they are inside the books. They move sometimes within the pages, like sleepers turning over between two dreams.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Perhaps all dragons in our lives are really princesses just waiting to see us just once being beautiful and courageous.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “The comprehensible slips away, is transformed; instead of possession one learns connection.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “We are unspeakably alone.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Read the lines as if they were unknown to you, and you will feel in your inmost self how very much they are yours.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “It is also good to love: because love is difficult. For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation. That is why young people, who are beginners in everything, are not yet capable of love: it is something they must learn.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Society in its wisdom has found ways of constructing refuges of all kinds, for since it has been disposed to make the love-life a pastime, it has also felt obliged to trivialize it, to make it cheap, risk-free and secure, as public pleasures usually are.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Things are not as easily understood nor as expressible as people usually would like us to believe. Most happenings are beyond expression; they exist where a word has never intruded.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Surely all art is the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further. The further one goes, the more private, the more personal, the more singular an experience becomes, and the thing one is making is, finally, the necessary, irrepressible, and as nearly as possible, the definitive utterance of this singularity.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “So whoever loves must try to act as if he had a great work: he must be much alone and go into himself and collect himself and hold fast to himself; he must work; he must become something!”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “The more one is, the more abundant is everything one experiences. If you want to have a deep love in your life, you must save up for it and collect and gather honey.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “Everywhere I am folded, there I am a lie.”
Rainer Maria Rilke Quote: “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.”
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