Rainer Maria Rilke quote

"I would like to sing someone to sleep, to sit beside someone and be there. I would like to rock you and sing softly and go with you to and from sleep. I would like to be the one in the house who knew: The night was cold. And I would like to listen in and listen out into you, into the world, into the woods. The clocks shout to one another striking, and one sees to the bottom of time. And down below one last, strange man walks by and rouses a strange dog. And after that comes silence. I have laid my eyes upon you wide; and they hold you gently and let you go when something stirs in the dark."

Rainer Maria Rilke

Born: December 4, 1875

Die: December 29, 1926

Occupation: Poet

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Quiet friend who has come so far, feel how your breathing makes more space around you. Let this darkness be a bell tower and you the bell. As you ring, what batters you becomes your strength. Move back...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

She followed slowly, taking a long time, As though there were some obstacles in the way; And yet: as though, once it was overcome, She would be beyond all walking, and would fly.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Art too is just a way of living.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

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...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Everything is gestation and then birthing.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

The flower bends when the wind wants it to, and you must become like that-that is, filled with deep #‎ trust .

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Our task is to take this earth so deeply and wholly into ourselves that it will resurrect within our being.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Fate loves to invent patterns and designs. Its difficulty lies in complexity. But life itself is difficult because of its simplicity. It has only a few things of a grandeur not fit for us.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Be, in this immensity of night, the magic force at your sense’s crossroad...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

There is only one solitude, and it is vast, heavy, difficult to bear, and almost everyone has hours when he would gladly exchange it for any kind of sociability, however trivial or cheap, for the tiniest...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Those doves below, the ones utterly cared for, never endangered ones, cannot know tenderness.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

You life will find its own paths... and that they be good, rich, and wide is what I wish for you, more than I can say.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Is not impermanence the very fragrance of our days?

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Perhaps creating something is nothing but an act of profound remembrance.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Again and again in history some people wake up. They have no ground in the crowd and move to broader deeper laws. They carry strange customs with them and demand room for bold and audacious action. The...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

You must realise that something is happening to you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I don’t want to stand before you like a thing, shrewd, secretive. I want my own will, and I want simply to be with my will, as it goes toward action. And in the silent, sometimes hardly moving times,...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

And still it is not enough to have memories. One must be able to forget them when they are many, and one must have the great patience to wait until they come again. For it is not yet the memories themselves....

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Rainer Maria Rilke

And we, spectators always, everywhere, looking at, never out of, everything! It fills us. We arrange it. It collapses. We re-arrange it, and collapse ourselves. Who's turned us round like this, so that...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Go into yourself and test the deeps in which your life takes rise; at its source you will find the answer to the question whether you must create. Accept it, just as it sounds, without inquiring into it....

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Truly it is glorious, our being here.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Do you remember how life yearned out of childhood toward the "great thing?" I see that it is now yearning forth beyond the great thing toward the greater one.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Go on loving what is good, simple, and ordinary.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Earth, is not this what you will: in us to rise up invisible? Is it, O Earth, not your dream once to be wholly invisible? Earth! Invisible! What, if not change, is your desperate mission?

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Rainer Maria Rilke

What is needed is, in the end, simply this: solitude, great inner solitude.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Look, lovers: almost separately they come towards us through the flowery grass and slowly; parting's so far from thought of, they indulge the extravagance of walking unembraced.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Someday there will be girls and women whose name will no longer mean the mere opposite of the male, but something in itself, something that makes one think not of any complement and limit, but only life...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

At the bottom no one in life can help anyone else in life; this one experiences over and over in every conflict and every perplexity: that one is alone. That isn't as bad as it may first appear; and again...

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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,...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Where something becomes extremely difficult and unbearable, there we also stand already quite near its transformation.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I am learning to see. I don't know why it is, but everything enters me more deeply and doesn't stop where it once used to. I have an interior that I never knew of... What's the use of telling someone that...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Some day when I lose you, will you still be able to sleep, without me to whisper over you like a crown of linden branches?

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Be ahead of all parting, as though it already were behind you.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Perhaps somewhere, someplace deep inside your being, you have undergone important changes while you were sad.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Painting is something that takes place among the colors.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

You, God, who live next door-- If at times, through the long night, I trouble you with my urgent knocking-- this is why: I hear you breathe so seldom. I know you're all alone in that room. If you should...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

The sky puts on the darkening blue coat held for it by a row of ancient trees; you watch: and the lands grow distant in your sight, one journeying to heaven, one that falls; and leave you, not at home...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Strangely, I heard a stranger say, I am with you.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

You who let yourselves feel: enter the breathing That is more than your own. Let it brush your cheeks As it divides and rejoins behind you. The trees you planted in childhood have grown Too...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Joy is a marvelous increasing of what exists, a pure addition out of nothingness.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Everything that makes more of you than you have ever been, even in your best hours, is right. Every intensification is good.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I live my life in widening circle That reach out across the world. I may not ever complete the last one, But I give myself to it. I circle around God, that primordial tower. I have been circling for thousands...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

the knowledge of impermanence that haunts our days is their very fragrance.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Somewhere there is an ancient enmity between our daily life and the great work. Help me in saying it, to understand it.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Nearly everything that matters is a challenge, and everything matters.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. Instead we entangle ourselves in knots of our own making and struggle, lonely and confused. So like children, we begin again......

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Rainer Maria Rilke

As if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Our deepest fears are like dragons, guarding our deepest treasure.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

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...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

We are unutterably alone essentially, especially in the things most intimate and most important.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Nothing touches a work of art so little as words of criticism: they always result in more or less fortunate misunderstandings.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

We ignore the gods and fill our minds with trash.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I implore those who love me to love my solitude.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Dig deep into your heart, where the answer spreads its roots in your being, and ask yourself solemnly, Must I write?

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Perhaps everything terrifying is deep down a helpless thing that needs our help.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Go into yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

If there is nothing you can share with other people, try to be close to Things, they will not abandon you; and the nights are still here and the winds that move through the trees and across many lands;...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I am too alone in the world and not alone enough to make every moment holy.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Physical pleasure is a sensual experience no different from pure seeing or the pure sensation with which a fine fruit fills the tongue; it is a great unending experience, which is given us, a knowing of...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I think of you often, dear, and with such concentrated wishes that it really must help you in some way.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I want to unfold. I don’t want to stay folded anywhere, because where I am folded, there I am a lie.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everthing in me that is bewildered...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

We make our way through Everything like thread passing through fabric, giving shape to images that we ourselves do not know.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

If your everyday life appears to be unworthy subject matter, do not complain to life. Complain to yourself, Lament that you are not poet enough to call up its wealth.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Your preparation for the real world is not in the answers you’ve learned, but in the questions you’ve learned how to ask yourself.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Do you recall, from your childhood on, how very much this life of yours has longed for greatness? I see it now, how from the vantage point of greatness it longs for even greater greatness. That is why...

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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,...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Every angel is terrifying.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

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...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I am so glad you are here. It helps me realize how beautiful my world is.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

sometimes a man stands up during supper and walks outdoors, and keeps on walking, because of a church that stands somewhere in the East. And his children say blessings on him as if he were dead. And another...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Often a star was waiting for you to notice it. A wave rolled toward you out of the distant path, or as you walked under an open window, a violin yielded itself to your hearing. All this was mission.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

We are not allowed to linger, even with what is most intimate.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Swells, Marina? we ocean, depths, Marina? we sky!

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Whoever you are, go out into the evening, leaving your room, of which you know every bit; your house is the last before the infinite, whoever you are.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Deeply I go down into myself. My god is Dark and like a webbing made of a hundred roots that drink in silence.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Across the moment, aeons speak with aeons. More than we experienced has gone by.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Fame is finally only the sum total of all the misunderstanding that can gather around a new name.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I am so afraid of people's words.They describe so distinctly everything: And this they call dog and that they call house, here the start and there the end. I worry about their mockery with words, they...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Our task is to listen to the news that is always arriving out of silence.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading!

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Rainer Maria Rilke

No, no, one can imagine nothing in the world, not the least thing. Everything is composed of so many isolated details that are not to be foreseen. In one's imagining one passes over them and hasty as one...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Be patient with all that is uncertain in your heart...do not search for answers, which will not be given: you will not be able to live them, and its importat to live everything.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born. Fear not the strangeness you feel. The future must enter you long before it happens. Just wait for the birth, for the the hour...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Lord, it is time. The summer was very big. Lay thy shadow on the sundials, and on the meadows let the winds go loose. Command the last fruits that they shall be full; give them another two more southerly...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

But there is much beauty here, because there is much beauty everywhere.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

If we only arrange our life in accordance with the principle which tells us that we must always trust in the difficult, then what now appears to us as the most alien will become our most intimate and trusted...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Perhaps the same bird echoed through both of us yesterday, seperate, in the evening.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves...At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it,...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Irony: Don't let yourself be controlled by it, especially during uncreative moments.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Life is heavier than the weight of all things.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I live not in dreams but in contemplation of a reality that is perhaps the future.

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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.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

All companionship can consist in only the strengthening of neighboring solitudes, giving oneself is by nature harmful to companionship: for when a person abandons himself, he is no longer anything, and...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

So it's back once more, back up the slope. Why do they always ruin my rope with their cuts? I felt so ready the other day, Had a real foretaste of eternity In my guts. Spoonfeeding me yet another sip from...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

It seems to me that the only way one can be helpful is to extend one's hand to someone else involuntarily, and without ever knowing how useful this will be.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Don't take my devils away, because my angels may flee too.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

for sometime now I have believed that it is our own force, all our own force that is still too great for us. It is true that we do not know it; but is it not just that which is most our own of which we...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

For bel.i.eve me, the more one is, the richer is all one experiences. And whoever wants to have deep love in his life must collect and save for it and gather honey.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Do not despair if the answers don't come immediately. Some answers are only revealed with the passage of time.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

If no one else, the dying must notice how unreal, how full of pretense, is all that we accomplish here, where nothing is allowed to be itself.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Rose, oh pure contradiction, joy of being No-one's sleep under so many lids.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing. Embody me....

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Whoever makes himself freer and more human in his own existence is doing his part towards peace.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

In the night, I wish to speak with the angel to find out if she recognizes my eyes, if she will ask me: do you see Eden? And I’ll reply: Eden burns.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

You darkness, that I come from, I love you more than all the fires that fence in the world.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I am touched by your beautiful anxiety about life...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Think... of the world you carry within 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...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

You are nearing the land that is life; you will recognize it by its seriousness.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I want to unfold. I don't want to stay folded anywhere, because where I am folded, there I am a lie, and I want my grasp of things to be true. I want to describe myself like a painting that I looked at...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Fame is the sum of the misunderstanding that gathers about a new name.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

In this there is no measuring with time, a year doesn’t matter, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means: not numbering and counting, but ripening like a tree, which doesn’t force its sap,...

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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...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

We discover that we do not know our role; we look for a mirror; we want to remove our make-up and take off what is false and real. But somewhere a piece of disguise that we forgot still sticks to us. A...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been

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Rainer Maria Rilke

To have a childhood means to live a thousand lives before the one.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

No one can advise and help you, no one. There is only one way: go within.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

You are also the physician who must watch over yourself. But in the course of every illness there are many days in which the physician can do nothing but wait.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

There is time only to work slowly There is no time not to love

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Leave to your opinions their own quiet undisturbed development, which, like all progress, must come from deep within and cannot be pressed or hurried by anything.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I want to love the things as no one has thought to love them.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

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...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone enough

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Rainer Maria Rilke

He who does not at some time, with definite determination consent to the terribleness of life, or even exalt in it, never takes possession of the inexpressible fullness of the power of our existence.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

There would have to be bread, some rich, whole-grain bread and zwieback, and perhaps on a long, narrow dish some pale Westphalian ham laced with strips of white fat like an evening sky with bands of clouds....

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Rainer Maria Rilke

. . . denn da ist keine Stelle, die dich nicht sieht. Du musst dein Leben andern. (... for there is no place that does not see you. You must change your life.)

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.

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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?

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Interior of the hand. Sole that has come to walk only on feelings. That faces upward and in its mirror receives heavenly roads, which travel along themselves. That has learned to walk upon water when it...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

We see the brightness of a new page where everything yet can happen.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

[A]t bottom, and just in the deepest and most important things, we are unutterably alone, and for one person to be able to advise or even help another, a lot must happen, a lot must go well, a whole constellation...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Do not, do not, do not books for ever hammer at people like perpetual bells? When, between two books, silent sky appears: be glad

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Rainer Maria Rilke

What is necessary, after all, is only this: solitude, vast inner solitude. To walk inside yourself and meet no one for hours-that is what you must be able to attain. To be solitary as you were when you...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

... be indulgent toward those who ... are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Someday you will name me, then gently place those burning holy roses in my hair.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

This is what the things can teach us: to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

It’s possible, I’m moving through the hard veins of heavy mountains, like an arc, alone; I’m so deep inside, I see no end in sight, and no distance: everything is getting near and everything near...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

the longer I live, the more necessary it seems to me to endure, to copy the whole dictation of existence to the end, for it might be that only the last sentence contains that small, perhaps inconspicuous...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Comfort me from wherever you are–alone, we are quickly worn out; if I place my head on the road, let it seem softened by you. Could it be that even from afar we offer each other a gentle breath?

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Rainer Maria Rilke

It is part of the nature of every definitive love that sooner or later it can reach the beloved only in infinity.

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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...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

And even if you were in some prison, the walls of which let none of the sounds of the world come to your senses - would you not then still have your childhood, that precious, kingly possession, that treasure-house...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

We must assume our existence as broadly as we in any way can; everything, even the unheard - of, must be possible in it. This is at bottom the only courage that is demanded of us: to have courage for the...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Winning does not tempt that man. This is how he grows: by being defeated, decisively, by greater and greater beings.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

No, we don't accomplish our love in a single year as the flowers do; an immemorial sap flows up through our arms when we love. Dear girl, this: that we loved, inside us, not One who would someday appear,...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

You, darkness, of whom I am born- I love you more than the flame that limits the world to the circle it illumines and excludes the rest.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess of that precious nourishing love from which flowers and children have their strength and...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Yield not thy neck To fortune's yoke, but let thy dauntless mind Still ride in triumph over all mischance. In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

It is possible I am pushing through solid rock, like the vein of ore encased, alone. I am such a long way in I can see no way through and no space. Everything is close to my face and everything close to...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

And when suddenly the god stopped her and, with anguish in his cry, uttered the words: ‘He has turned round’ – she comprehended nothing and said softly: ‘Who?

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Rainer Maria Rilke

But your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.

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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.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

To be here is immense.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

He does not always remain bent over the pages; he often leans back and closes his eyes over a line he has been reading again, and its meaning spreads through his blood.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Whoever you are: in the evening step out of your room, where you know everything; yours is the last house before the far-off: whoever you are. With your eyes, which in their weariness barely free themselves...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Girls, there are poets who learn from you to say, what you, in your aloneness, are; and they learn through you to live distantness, as the evenings through the great stars become accustomed to eternity.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

They all have tired mouths and bright seamless souls. And a longing (as for sin) sometimes haunts their dreams. They are almost all alike; in God's gardens they keep still, like many, many intervals in...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

It wasn't his, it wasn't my fault, we both had nothing except patience, but Death has none. I saw him come (how meanly!) and I watched him as he took and took: none of it I could claim as mine.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

You see, I want a lot. Perhaps I want everything the darkness that comes with every infinite fall and the shivering blaze of every step up. So many live on and want nothing And are raised to the rank of...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

I would like to sing someone to sleep, to sit beside someone and be there. I would like to rock you and sing softly and go with you to and from sleep. I would like to be the one in the house who knew:...

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Rainer Maria Rilke

If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.

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Rainer Maria Rilke

Perhaps the great renewal of the world will consist of this, that man and woman, freed of all confused feelings and desires, shall no longer seek each other as opposites, but simply as members of a family...

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Watching him, I thought, not for the first time that night, that maybe it should have felt strange to be with him, here, now. And yet it didn’t, at all. That was one of the things about the night. Stuff...

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Fyodor Dostoevsky

I wanted to pray for an hour, but I keep thinking and thinking, and always sick thoughts, and my head aches - what is the use of praying? - it's only a sin! It is strange, too, that I am not sleepy: in...

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Sherrilyn Kenyon

Because I’ve lost my children, too, and I know the ache that lives inside the heart that no amount of solace or alcohol will squelch. I know what it’s like to have the powers of a god and to not be...

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Kevin Brockmeier

A successful song comes to sing itself inside the listener. It is cellular and seismic, a wave coalescing in the mind and in the flesh. There is a message outside and a message inside, and those messages...

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Catherynne M. Valente

Such lonely, lost things you find on your way. It would be easier, if you were the only one lost. But lost children always find each other, in the dark, in the cold. It is as though they are magnetized...

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Cory Doctorow

I fireballed him as he was seeking out treasure after we wiped out a band of orcs, playing rock-paper-scissors with each orc to determine who would prevail in combat. This is a lot more exciting than it...

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Richard Brautigan

Your Catfish Friend If I were to live my life in catfish forms in scaffolds of skin and whiskers at the bottom of a pond and you were to come by one evening when the moon was shining down into my dark...

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Jodi Picoult

Remember when you were a little kid and you'd fall asleep in the car? And someone would carry you out and put you into bed, so that when you woke up in the morning, you knew automatically you were home...

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Jack Kerouac

I pictured myself in a Denver bar that night, with all the gang, and in their eyes I would be strange and ragged and like the Prophet who has walked across the land to bring the dark Word, and the only...

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Chris Rock

My mother got sick when I was rich. And my mother, you know … I don’t really want to get into it, but my mother was sicker than my father. And my mother’s alive. My mother’s fine, OK? I remember...

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Richard Siken

Knot the tie and go to work, unknot the tie and go to sleep. I sleep. I dream. I wake. I sing. I get out the hammer and start knocking in the wooden pegs that affix the meaning to the landscape, the inner...

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Andy Wilkinson

Kids who are least impressive in my class are the ones who only listen to one kind of music. They only listen to country or only to rap or to gospel or anything. It's a sad thing. I try really hard to...

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Frida Kahlo

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do....

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Marian Keyes

God! I hated this business of being grown-up. I hated having to make decisions where I didn't know what was behind the door. I wanted a world where heroes and villains were clearly labeled. Where ominous...

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Douglas Coupland

I wouldn't mind if the consumer culture went poof! overnight because then we'd all be in the same boat and life wouldn't be so bad, mucking about with the chickens and feudalism and the like. But you know...

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Tammara Webber

I take it this is one of the ones crushing on you." "What? They all crush on me. I'm a hot college girl, remember?" I laughed and his eyes burned into mine. He leaned in close and whispered into my ear....

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Junot Diaz

Do you remember? When the fights seemed to go on and on, and always ended with us in bed, tearing at each other like maybe that could change everything. In a couple of months you'd be seeing somebody else...

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