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How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

So you must not be frightened if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloudshadows, passes over your hands and over all you do. You must think that something is happening with you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any miseries, or any depressions? For after all, you do not know what work these conditions are doing inside you.


Rainer Maria Rilke

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Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Opennes...
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We see the brightness of a new page where everything yet can happen.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
From THE SONNETS TO ORPHEUS
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Being in therapy is great. I spend an hour just talking about myself. It's kinda like being the guy ...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to tru...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themsel...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day i...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, ...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
A billion stars go spinning through the night, blazing high above your head. But in you is the prese...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call ...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this l...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
it is clear that we must trust what is difficult; everything alive trusts in it, everything in Natur...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultima...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I am not able to begin. I simply skip what sho...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
There are so many things about which some old man ought to tell one while one is little; for when on...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
There are quantities of human beings, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, ...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing. ...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
most people come to know only one corner of their room, one spot near the window, one narrow strip o...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
What an unilateral life, when from the material of a renunciation, we must fashion something we love...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its root...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
And these things
that keep alive on departure know that
you praise them; transient,
...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other
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A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude
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But not you, O girl, nor yet his
mother,
stretched his eyebrows so fierce with
expe...
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If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet ...
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Truly to sing, that is a different breath.
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And these Things,
which live by perishing, know you are praising them; transient,
they lo...
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Love Song

How can I keep my soul in me, so that
it doesn’t touch your soul?...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Why should you want to give up a child's wise not-understanding in exchange for defensiveness and sc...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the co...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Someday there will be girls and women whose name will no longer mean the mere opposite of the male, ...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Avoid providing material for the drama that is always stretched tight between parents and children; ...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far into the futu...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
[A]t bottom, and just in the deepest and most important things, we are unutterably alone, and for on...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
I am, O Anxious One. Don’t you hear my voice
surging forth with all my earthly feelings?
RAINER MARIA RILKE
…As one puts a handkerchief before pent-in-breath-
no: as one presses it against a wound
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You, God, who live next door--

If at times, through the long night, I trouble you
wi...
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Yet, no matter how deeply I go down into myself, my God is dark, and like a webbing made of a hundre...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
I live my life in growing orbits which move out over this wondrous world, I am circling around God, ...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Wenn der Alltag dir arm erscheint, klage ihn nicht an – klage dich an, daß du nicht stark genug b...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
If we surrendered
to earth's intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
I have often wondered whether especially those days when we are forced to remain idle are not precis...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Odd, the words: ‘while away the time’.
How to hold it fast the harder thing.
Who is no...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
If we only arrange our life in accordance with the principle which tells us that we must always trus...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
So it's back once more, back up the slope.
Why do they always ruin my rope
with their cuts...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances conti...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those w...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
It is part of the nature of every definitive love that sooner or later it can reach the beloved only...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Physical pleasure is a sensual experience no different from pure seeing or the pure sensation with w...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Just as language has no longer anything in common with the thing it names, so the movements of most ...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Do not assume that she who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled among the simple and quiet wor...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
He reproduced himself with so much humble objectivity, with the unquestioning, matter of fact intere...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbel...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like l...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
In one creative thought a thousand forgotten nights of love come to life again and fill it with maje...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Things are not all so comprehensible and expressible as one would mostly have us believe; most event...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words th...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more t...
RAINER MARIA RILKE
And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
RAINER MARIA RILKE
Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful an...
RAINER MARIA RILKE