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100 Rainer Maria Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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What we do battle with is so small, what battles us is so large ...Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: What we do battle with is so small, what battles us is so large ...
Never believe fate is more than the condensation of childhood.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Never believe fate is more than the condensation of childhood.
Above all marriage is a new task and a new seriousness - a new challenge and a question regarding the strength and kindness of each participant and a new great danger for both.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Above all marriage is a new task and a new seriousness - a new challenge
Most events are inexpressible, and take place in a sphere that no word has ever entered. Most inexpressible of all are works of art, existences full of secrets whose life continues alongside ours, while ours is transitory.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Most events are inexpressible, and take place in a sphere that no word has ever
Tolerating is the gift from God to women!Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Tolerating is the gift from God to women!
For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)-they are experiences.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)-they are
Who has not sat before his own heart's curtain? It lifts: and the scenery is falling apart.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Who has not sat before his own heart's curtain? It lifts: and the scenery is
A birdsong can even, for a moment, make the whole world into a sky within us, because we feel that the bird does not distinguish between its heart and the world's.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: A birdsong can even, for a moment, make the whole world into a sky within
A man taken out of his room and, almost without preparation or transition, placed on the heights of a great mountain range, would feel something like that: an unequalled insecurity, an abandonment to the nameless, would almost annihilate him. He would feel he was falling or think he was being catapulted out into space or exploded into a thousand pieces: what a colossal lie his brain would have to invent in order to catch up with and explain the situation of his senses.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: A man taken out of his room and, almost without preparation or transition, placed on
And if what is near you is far away, then your vastness is already among the stars and is very great; 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.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: And if what is near you is far away, then your vastness is already among
You have had many and great sadnesses, which passed. And you say that even this passing was hard for you and put you out of sorts. But, please, consider whether these great sadnesses have not rather gone right through the center of yourself? Whether much in you has not altered, whether you have not somewhere, at some point of your being, undergone a change when you were sad?Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: You have had many and great sadnesses, which passed. And you say that even this
But when I lean over the chasm of myself -
it seems
my God is dark
and like a web: a hundred roots
silently drinking.

This is the ferment I grow out of.

More I don't know, because my branches
rest in deep silence, stirred only by the wind.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: But when I lean over the chasm of myself - it seems my God is
I want to unfold. Let no place in me hold itself closed, for where I am closed, I am false ...Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: I want to unfold. Let no place in me hold itself closed, for where I
What we call fate does not come into us from the outside, but emerges from us. It is only because so many people have not absorbed and transformed their fates while they were living in them that they have not realized what was emerging from them; it was so alien to them that they have not realized what was emerging from them; it was so alien to them that, in their confusion and fear, they thought it must have entered them at the very moment they became aware of it, for they swore they had never before found anything like that inside them.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: What we call fate does not come into us from the outside, but emerges from
I could give you no advice but this: to go into yourself and to explore the depths where your life wells forth.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: I could give you no advice but this: to go into yourself and to explore
Perhaps somewhere, someplace deep inside your being, you have undergone important changes while you were sad.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Perhaps somewhere, someplace deep inside your being, you have undergone important changes while you were
Though he works and worries, the farmer
never reaches down to where the seed turns
into summer. The earth grants.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Though he works and worries, the farmernever reaches down to where the seed turnsinto summer.
ERANNA TO SAPPHO
O You wild adept at throwing!
Like a spear by other things, I'd lain
there beside my next of kin. Your strain
flung me far. To where's beyond my knowing.
None can bring me back again.
Sisters think upon me as they twine,
and the house is full of warm relation.
I alone am out of the design,
and I tremble like a supplication;
for the lovely goddess all creation
bowers in legend lives this life of mine.
SAPPHO TO ERANNA
With unrest I want to inundate you,
want to brandish you, you vine-wreathed stave.
Want, like death itself, to penetrate you
and to pass you onwards like the grave
to the All: to all these things that wait you.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: ERANNA TO SAPPHOO You wild adept at throwing!Like a spear by other things, I'd lainthere
One had to take some action against fear when once it laid hold of one.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: One had to take some action against fear when once it laid hold of one.
And your doubt may become a good quality if you train it. It must become knowing, it must become critical. 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 perplexed and embarrassed perhaps, or perhaps rebellious. But don't give in, insist on arguments and act this way, watchful and consistent, every single time, and the day will arrive when from a destroyer it will become one of your best workers
perhaps the cleverest of all that are building at your life.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: And your doubt may become a good quality if you train it. It must become
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.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Your preparation for the real world is not in the answers you've learned, but in
And these things that keep alive on departure know that you praise them; transient, they look to us, the most transient, to be their rescue. They want us to change them completely, in our invisible hearts, into
O endlessly
us! Whoever, finally, we may be.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: And these things that keep alive on departure know that you praise them; transient, they
Be attentive to what is arising within you, and place that above everything else ... What is happening in your innermost self is worthy of your entire love; somehow you must find a way to work at it.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Be attentive to what is arising within you, and place that above everything else ...
Trees do not force their sap, nor does the flower push its bloom.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Trees do not force their sap, nor does the flower push its bloom.
The deep parts of my life pour onward, as if the river shores were opening out. I feel closer to what language can't reach. With my senses, as with birds, I climb into the windy heaven ... in the ponds broken off from the sky ...Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: The deep parts of my life pour onward, as if the river shores were opening
Someday, emerging at last from the violent insight,
let me sing out jubilation and praise to assenting angels.
Let not even one of the clearly-struck hammers of my heart
fail to sound because of a slack, a doubtful,
or a broken string. Let my joyfully streaming face
make me more radiant; let my hidden weeping arise
and blossom. How dear you will be to me then, you nights
of anguish. Why didn't I kneel more deeply to accept you,
inconsolable sisters, and surrendering, lose myself
in your loosened hair. How we squander our hours of pain.
How we gaze beyond them into the bitter duration
to see if they have an end. Though they are really
our winter-enduring foliage, our dark evergreen,
our season in our inner year
, not only a season
in time
, but are place and settlement, foundation and soil
and home.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Someday, emerging at last from the violent insight, let me sing out jubilation and praise
Dying is strange and hard if it is not our death, but a death that takes us by storm, when we've ripened none within us.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Dying is strange and hard if it is not our death, but a death that
It is part of the nature of every definitive love that sooner or later it can reach the beloved only in infinity.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: It is part of the nature of every definitive love that sooner or later it
Life + a cat ... adds up to an incalculable sum.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Life + a cat ... adds up to an incalculable sum.
Be forever dead in Eurydice-more gladly arise into the seamless life proclaimed in your song. Here, in the realm of decline, among momentary days, be the crystal cup that shattered even as it rang.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Be forever dead in Eurydice-more gladly arise into the seamless life proclaimed in your song.
And I circle ten thousand years long; And I still don't know if I'm a falcon, a storm, or an unfinished songRainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: And I circle ten thousand years long; And I still don't know if I'm a
I am touched by your beautiful anxiety about life ...Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: I am touched by your beautiful anxiety about life ...
More belongs to marriage than four legs in a bed.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: More belongs to marriage than four legs in a bed.
World was in the face of the beloved
,
but suddenly it poured out and was gone:
world is outside, world can not be grasped.
Why didn't I, from the full, beloved face
as I raised it to my lips, why didn't I drink
world, so near that I couldn't almost taste it?
Ah, I drank. Insatiably I drank.
But I was filled up also, with too much
world, and, drinking, I myself ran over.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: World was in the face of the beloved,but suddenly it poured out and was gone:world
Be out of sync with your times for just one day, and you will see how much eternity you contain within you.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Be out of sync with your times for just one day, and you will see
Is it possible that despite our inventions and progress, despite our culture, religion and knowledge of the world, we have remained on the surface of life?Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Is it possible that despite our inventions and progress, despite our culture, religion and knowledge
Look, I am living. On what? Neither
childhood nor future
lessens ... Superabundant existence
wells in my heart.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Look, I am living. On what? Neither childhood nor futurelessens ... Superabundant existencewells in my
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, and stands confidently in the storms of spring, not afraid that afterward summer may not come. It does come. But it comes only to those who are patient, who are there as if eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly silent and vast. I learn it every day of my life, learn it with pain I am grateful for: patience is everything!Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: In this there is no measuring with time, a year doesn't matter, and ten years
Things are not all so comprehensible and expressible as one would mostly have us believe; most events are inexpressible, taking place in a realm which no word has ever entered, and more inexpressible than all else are works of art, mysterious existences, the life of which, while ours passes away, endures.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Things are not all so comprehensible and expressible as one would mostly have us believe;
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 Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: The more we speak of solitude, the clearer it becomes that at the bottom it
Far from the comings and goings,
her heart resembled a lighted sign,
an ancient Balance or Lyre--
names gone too long to remember.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Far from the comings and goings,her heart resembled a lighted sign,an ancient Balance or Lyre--names
O how all things are far removed
and long have passed away.
I do believe the star,
whose light my face reflects,
is dead and has been so
for many thousand years.
I had a vision of a passing boat
and heard some voices saying disquieting things.
I heard a clock strike in some distant house ...
but in which house? ...
I long to quiet my anxious heart
and stand beneath the sky's immensity.
I long to pray ...
And one of all the stars
must still exist.
I do believe that I would know
which one alone
endured,
and which like a white city stands
at the ray's end shining in the heavens.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: O how all things are far removed and long have passed away. I do believe
Loving isn't merging, surrendering, uniting with the other. Rather, it's a kind of solitude; of profound aloneness. It induces you to mature and become whole for the sake of your beloved ... to truly love another, you must first wholly love yourself. Love therefore exacts the most demanding claim of all; it both chooses you and pursues you, and reaches out, as if over vast distances, to call and draw you into your now and future self.
John VanDyke Wilmerding, ideas put forth inspired by ('after') Rainer Maria Rilke's 'Letters to a Young Poet
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Loving isn't merging, surrendering, uniting with the other. Rather, it's a kind of solitude; of
Angels often do now know whether they walk among the dead or living.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Angels often do now know whether they walk among the dead or living.
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?Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Earth, is not this what you will: in us to rise up invisible? Is it,
We don't know the contour of feeling;
we only know what molds it from without.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: We don't know the contour of feeling;we only know what molds it from without.
We are the bees of the invisible. We gather the honey of the visible, and store it in the great golden honeycomb of the invisible.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: We are the bees of the invisible. We gather the honey of the visible, and
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.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Be patient with all that is uncertain in your heart ... do not search for
To write rhythmic prose one must go deep into oneself and find the anonymous and multiple rhythm of the blood. Prose needs to be built like a cathedral. There, one is truly without a name, without ambition, without help; on scaffoldings, alone with one's consciousness.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: To write rhythmic prose one must go deep into oneself and find the anonymous and
You are the deep innerness of all things,
the last word that can never be spoken.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: You are the deep innerness of all things,the last word that can never be spoken.
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 Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: I believe that almost all our sorrows are moments of tension which we experience as
Works of art are infinitely solitary and nothing is less likely to reach them than criticism. Only love can grasp them and hold them and do them justice.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Works of art are infinitely solitary and nothing is less likely to reach them than
And if I have anything else to say to you it is this: do not think that the person who is trying to console you lives effortlessly among the simple, quiet words that sometimes make you feel better. His life is full of troubles and sadness and falls far short of them. But if it were any different he could never have found the words that he did.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: And if I have anything else to say to you it is this: do not
Do not be bewildered by the surfaces: in the depths all becomes law.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Do not be bewildered by the surfaces: in the depths all becomes law.
But I have thought of you often during these holidays and imagined how quiet you must be in your lonely fort among the empty hills, upon which those big southerly winds precipitate themselves as though they would devour them in great pieces.

The stillness must be immense in which such sounds and movements have room, and when one thinks that to it all the presence of the far-off sea comes chiming in as well, perhaps as the inmost tone in that prehistoric harmony, then one can only wish for you that you are confidently and patiently letting that lofty solitude work upon you which is no more to be stricken out of your life; which in everything there is ahead of you to experience and to do will work as an anonymous influence, continuously and gently decisive, much as in us blood of ancestors ceaselessly stirs and mingles with our own into that unique, not repeatable being which at every turning of our life we are.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: But I have thought of you often during these holidays and imagined how quiet you
And isn't the whole world yours? For how often you set it on fire with your love and saw it blaze and burn up and secretly replaced it with another world while everyone slept. You felt in such complete harmony with God, when every morning you asked him for a new earth, so that all the ones he had made could have their turn. You thought it would be shabby to save them and repair them; you used them up and held out your hands, again and again, for more world. For your love was equal to everything.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: And isn't the whole world yours? For how often you set it on fire with
Let me put aside every desire, so that my heart grows used to its farthest spaces. Better that it live fully aware, in the terror of its stars, than as if protected, soothed by what is near.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Let me put aside every desire, so that my heart grows used to its farthest
Be of good courage all is before you, and time passed in the difficult is never lost ... What is required of us is that we live the difficult and learn to deal with it. In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Be of good courage all is before you, and time passed in the difficult is
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 Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Society in its wisdom has found ways of constructing refuges of all kinds, for since
His tired gaze - from passing endless bars -
has turned into a vacant stare which nothing holds.
to him there seem to be a thousand bars,
and out beyond these bars exists no world.
his supple gait, the smoothness of strong strides
that gently turn in ever smaller circles
perform a dance of strength, centered deep within
a will, stunned, but untamed, indomitable.
but sometimes the curtains of his eyelids part,
the pupils of his eyes dilate as images
of past encounters enter while through his limbs
a tension strains in silence
only to cease to be, to die within his heart.
[the panther]
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: His tired gaze - from passing endless bars -has turned into a vacant stare which
Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.
And in fact the artist's experience lies so unbelievably close to the sexual, to its pain and its pleasure, that the two phenomena are really just different forms of one and the same longing and bliss. And if instead of "heat" one could say "sex";- sex in the great, pure sense of the word, free of any sin attached to it by the Church, - then his art would be very great and infinitely important. His poetic power is great and as strong as a primal instinct; it has its own relentless rhythms in itself and explodes from him like a volcano.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: And in fact the artist's experience lies so unbelievably close to the sexual, to its
Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty and sadness and remains far behind yours. Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple
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 Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: And yet they are in us, those who have long since passed away, as natural
The longer i live, the more urgent it seems to me to endure and transcribe the whole dictation of existence up to its end, for it might just be the case that only the very last sentence contains that small and possibly inconspicuous word through which everything we had struggled to learn and everything we had failed to understand will be transformed into magnificent sense.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: The longer i live, the more urgent it seems to me to endure and transcribe
The Western poet Rainer Maria Rilke has said that our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure.12Sogyal Rinpoche Rainer Maria Sayings By Sogyal Rinpoche: The Western poet Rainer Maria Rilke has said that our deepest fears are like dragons
Our task is to take this earth so deeply and wholly into ourselves that it will resurrect within our being.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Our task is to take this earth so deeply and wholly into ourselves that it
That's my window. This minute
So gently did I alight
From sleep--was still floating in it.
Where has my life its limit
And where begins the night?

I could fancy all things around me
Were nothing but I as yet;
Like a crystal's depth, profoundly
Mute, translucent, unlit.

I have space to spare inside me
For the stars, too: so full of room
Feels my heart; so lightly
Would it let go of him, whom

For all I know I have started
To love, it may be to hold.
Strange, as if never charted,
Stares my fortune untold.

Why is it I am bedded
Beneath this infinitude,
Fragrant like a meadow,
Hither and thither moved,

Calling out, yet fearing
Someone might hear the cry,
Destined to disappearing
Within another I.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: That's my window. This minuteSo gently did I alightFrom sleep--was still floating in it.Where has
Do not, do not, do not books for ever
hammer at people like perpetual bells?
When, between two books, silent sky appears: be glad
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Do not, do not, do not books for ever hammer at people like perpetual bells?
Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower
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 and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.
In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.
And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Let This Darkness Be a Bell TowerQuiet friend who has come so far,feel how your
My God, I thought with sudden vehemence, so you really are. There are proofs of your existence. I have forgotten them all and never even wanted any, for what a huge obligation would lie in the certainty of you.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: My God, I thought with sudden vehemence, so you really are. There are proofs of
I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, 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. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
Letter to a Young Poet, 1903
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have
Fame is finally only the sum total of all the misunderstanding that can gather around a new name.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Fame is finally only the sum total of all the misunderstanding that can gather around
Whom will you cry to, heart?
More and more lonely,
your path struggles on through incomprehensible
mankind. All the more futile perhaps
for keeping to its direction, keeping on toward the future,
toward what has been lost.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Whom will you cry to, heart? More and more lonely,your path struggles on through incomprehensiblemankind.
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.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Do you remember how life yearned out of childhood toward the "great thing?" I see
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.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: She followed slowly, taking a long time,As though there were some obstacles in the way;And
It seems to him there are
a thousand bars, and behind the bars, no world.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: It seems to him there area thousand bars, and behind the bars, no world.
Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love. Death stands before eternity and says YES.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with
Losing too is still ours; and even forgetting
still has a shape in the kingdom of transformation.
When something's let go of, it circles; and though we are
rarely the center
of the circle, it draws around us its unbroken, marvelous
curve.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Losing too is still ours; and even forgettingstill has a shape in the kingdom of
Painting is something that takes place among the colors, and one has to leave them alone completely, so that they can settle the matter among themselves. Their intercourse: this is the whole of painting. Whoever meddles, arranges, injects his human deliberation, his wit, his advocacy, his intellectual agility in any way, is already disturbing and clouding their activity.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Painting is something that takes place among the colors, and one has to leave them
But because truly being here is so much; because everything here apparently needs us, this fleeting world, which in some strange way keeps calling to us. Us, the most fleeting of all.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: But because truly being here is so much; because everything here apparently needs us, this
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 Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: If you will cling to Nature, to the simple in Nature, to the little things
Children are still the way you were as a child, sad and happy in just the same way
and if you think of your childhood, you once again live among them, among the solitary children.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Children are still the way you were as a child, sad and happy in just
It would be good to give much thought, before
you try to find words for something so lost,
for those long childhood afternoons you knew
that vanished so completely -and why?
We're still reminded-: sometimes by a rain,
but we can no longer say what it means;
life was never again so filled with meeting,
with reunion and with passing on
as back then, when nothing happened to us
except what happens to things and creatures:
we lived their world as something human,
and became filled to the brim with figures.
And became as lonely as a shepherd
and as overburdened by vast distances,
and summoned and stirred as from far away,
and slowly, like a long new thread,
introduced into that picture-sequence
where now having to go on bewilders us.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: It would be good to give much thought, beforeyou try to find words for something
Wishes are memories coming from our future!Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Wishes are memories coming from our future!
If there is nothing you can share with other people, try to be close to Things. Things will not abandon you. The nights are still there, and the winds that move through the trees and across many lands. Everything in the world of Things and animals is filled with being, of which you are part.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: If there is nothing you can share with other people, try to be close to
The knowledge of impermanence that haunts our days is their very fragrance.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: The knowledge of impermanence that haunts our days is their very fragrance.
I feel it now: there's a power in me to grasp and give shape to my world I know that nothing has ever been real without my beholding it. All becoming has need me..Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: I feel it now: there's a power in me to grasp and give shape to
Strangely, I heard a stranger say, I am with you.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Strangely, I heard a stranger say, I am with you.
Most people come to know only one corner of their room, one spot near the window, one narrow strip on which they keep walking back and forth.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Most people come to know only one corner of their room, one spot near the
Always trust yourself and your own feeling, as opposed to argumentations, discussions, or introductions of that sort; if it turns out that you are wrong, then the natural growth of your inner life will eventually guide you to other insights. Allow your judgments their own silent, undisturbed development, which, like all progress, must come from deep within and cannot be forced or hastened. Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist: in understanding as in creating.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Always trust yourself and your own feeling, as opposed to argumentations, discussions, or introductions of
What we fight with is so small, and when we win, it makes us small. What we want is to be defeated, decisively, by successively greater thingsRainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: What we fight with is so small, and when we win, it makes us small.
Oh longing for places that were not Cherished enough in that fleeting hour How I long to make good from afar The forgotten gesture, the additional act.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Oh longing for places that were not Cherished enough in that fleeting hour How I
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 we always,
do what we may, retain the attitude
of someone who's departing? Just as he,
on the last hill, that shows him all his valley
for the last time, will turn and stop and linger,
we live our lives, for ever taking leave.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: And we, spectators always, everywhere,looking at, never out of, everything!It fills us. We arrange it.
Take the destiny upon yourself, and bear it, its burden and
its greatness, without ever asking what reward might come from outside. For the creator must be a world for himself and must find everything in himself and in Nature, to whom his whole life is devoted.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Take the destiny upon yourself, and bear it, its burden andits greatness, without ever asking
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 Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: At no other time (than autumn) does the earth let itself be inhaled in one
To have a childhood means to live a thousand lives before the one.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: To have a childhood means to live a thousand lives before the one.
There comes a time when we have deposited in it all our firstlings, all beginning, all confidence, the seeds of all that which might perhaps some day come to be. And suddenly we realize: All that has sunk into a deep sea, and we don't even know just when. We never noticed it. As though some one were to collect all his money, and buy a feather with it and stick the feather in his hat: whish!
the first breeze will carry it away. Naturally he arrives home without his feather, and nothing remains for him but to look back and think when it would have flown.
Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: There comes a time when we have deposited in it all our firstlings, all beginning,
Think... of the world you carry within you.Rainer Maria Rilke Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Think... of the world you carry within you.
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 Rainer Maria Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: No one would dream of expecting a single individual to be "happy" - once someone