35 Compelling Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes

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Considered as one of the most notable poets in the German language, Rainer Maria Rilke was born in Prague on December 4, 1875. His works involved highly lyrical prose and verse using words that were written in entirely his own style. Two of his most popular works are the semi-autobiography entitled The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge and the Letters to a Young Poet which is a prose.

Apart from his immense influence on German literature, Rilke also wrote in French. He composed around 400 poems in that language and dedicated them to Valais in Switzerland. He died on December 29, 1926, because of leukemia.

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 that wants our love.

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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, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

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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To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

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Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.

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

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. …live in the question.

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Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart…

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.

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For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been given to us, the ultimate, the final problem and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation.

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Only someone who is ready for everything, who doesn’t exclude any experience, even the most incomprehensible, will live the relationship with another person as something alive and will himself sound the depths of his own being.

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

A person isn’t who they are during the last conversation you had with them – they’re who they’ve been throughout your whole relationship.

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Don’t be too quick to draw conclusions from what happens to you; simply let it happen. Otherwise it will be too easy for you to look with blame… at your past, which naturally has a share with everything that now meets you.

Embrace your solitude and love it. Endure the pain it causes, and try to sing out with it. For those near to you are distant…

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This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess.

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow

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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.

Everything terrible is something that needs our love.

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There are no classes in life for beginners: right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.

Shattered people are best represented by bits and pieces.

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The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.

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Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.

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It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.

A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it.

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The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing.

Life is heavier than the weight of all things.

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The highest form of love is to be the protector of another person‘s solitude.

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

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Destiny itself is like a wonderful wide tapestry in which every thread is guided by an unspeakable tender hand, placed beside another thread and held and carried by a hundred others.

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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There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.

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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