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Quotes by Rainer Maria Rilke

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Wikipedia Summary for Rainer Maria Rilke

René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), better known as Rainer Maria Rilke (German: [ˈʁaɪnɐ maˈʁiːa ˈʁɪlkə]), was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist. He is "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets". He wrote both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as "mystical". His writings include one novel, several collections of poetry and several volumes of correspondence in which he invokes images that focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude and anxiety. These themes position him as a transitional figure between traditional and modernist writers.

Rilke travelled extensively throughout Europe (including Russia, Spain, Germany, France and Italy) and, in his later years, settled in Switzerland – settings that were key to the genesis and inspiration for many of his poems. While Rilke is most known for his contributions to German literature, over 400 poems were originally written in French and dedicated to the canton of Valais in Switzerland.

Among English-language readers, his best-known works include the poetry collections Duino Elegies (Duineser Elegien) and Sonnets to Orpheus (Die Sonette an Orpheus), the semi-autobiographical novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge), and a collection of ten letters that was published after his death under the title Letters to a Young Poet (Briefe an einen jungen Dichter). In the later 20th century, his work found new audiences through use by New Age theologians and self-help authors and frequent quotations by television programs, books and motion pictures. In the United States, Rilke remains among the more popular, best-selling poets.

Quote: If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of green palm plant during daytime
Photo Credit: Prajwal Vedpathak

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


Quote: The only journey is the journey within. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of silhouette of mountain under starry night
Photo Credit: Ave Calvar

The only journey is the journey within.


Quote: God... sat down for a moment when the dog was finished in order to watch it... and to know that it was good, that nothing was lacking, that it could not have been made better. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of solid background
Photo Credit: César Couto

God... sat down for a moment when the dog was finished in order to watch it... and to know that it was good, that nothing was lacking, that it could not have been made better.


Quote: Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. 
...live in the question. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of kissing man and woman
Photo Credit: Dylan Sauerwein

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.




Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of yellow labrador retriever puppy lying on floor
Photo Credit: Himanshu Choudhary

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.


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of red white and black butterfly on green leaf
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

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.


Quote: Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of green leafed plants on forest
Photo Credit: Zoya Konstantinova

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


Quote: I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of black porsche 911 on road during daytime
Photo Credit: Lorenzo Gerosa

I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.


Quote: The great renewal of the world will perhaps consist in this, that man and maid, freed of all false feelings and reluctances, will seek each other not as opposites, but as brother and sister, as neighbors, and will come together as human beings. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

The great renewal of the world will perhaps consist in this, that man and maid, freed of all false feelings and reluctances, will seek each other not as opposites, but as brother and sister, as neighbors, and will come together as human beings.


Quote: Love consists in this, that two solitude protect and touch and greet each other. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Love consists in this, that two solitude protect and touch and greet each other.


Quote: Just keep going - no feeling is final. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Just keep going - no feeling is final.


Quote: A carefree letting go of oneself, not a caution, but a wise blindness. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

A carefree letting go of oneself, not a caution, but a wise blindness.


Quote: We are all falling. This hand's falling,too -- all have this falling-sickness none withstands. And yet there's one whose gently-holding hands this universal falling can't fall through. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

We are all falling. This hand's falling,too -- all have this falling-sickness none withstands. And yet there's one whose gently-holding hands this universal falling can't fall through.


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.


Quote: The main thing was being alive. That was the main thing. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

The main thing was being alive. That was the main thing.


Quote: I'm still alive, I have time to build
My blood will outlast the rose. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

I'm still alive, I have time to build
My blood will outlast the rose.




Quote: Do not be bewildered by the surfaces: in the depths all becomes law. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Do not be bewildered by the surfaces: in the depths all becomes law.


Quote: If the Angel deigns to appear, it will be because you have convinced him, not by tears but by your humble resolve to be always beginning -- to be a Beginner! by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

If the Angel deigns to appear, it will be because you have convinced him, not by tears but by your humble resolve to be always beginning -- to be a Beginner!


Quote: Young people, who are beginners in everything, cannot yet know love: they have to learn it. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Young people, who are beginners in everything, cannot yet know love: they have to learn it.


Quote: One of the most difficult tests for the creator: he must always remain unconscious, unaware of his best virtues, if he doesn't want to rob them of their candor and innocence. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

One of the most difficult tests for the creator: he must always remain unconscious, unaware of his best virtues, if he doesn't want to rob them of their candor and innocence.


Quote: Yet, no matter how deeply I go down into myself, my God is dark, and like a webbing made of a hundred roots that drink in silence. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Yet, no matter how deeply I go down into myself, my God is dark, and like a webbing made of a hundred roots that drink in silence.


Quote: Those tasks that have been entrusted to us are difficult; almost everything serious is difficult; and everything is serious. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Those tasks that have been entrusted to us are difficult; almost everything serious is difficult; and everything is serious.


Quote: And I circle ten thousand years long; And I still don't know if I'm a falcon, a storm, or an unfinished song. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

And I circle ten thousand years long; And I still don't know if I'm a falcon, a storm, or an unfinished song.








Quote: That is longing: To dwell in the flux of things,
 To have no home in the present.
 And these are wishes: gentle dialogues
 Of the poor hours with eternity. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

That is longing: To dwell in the flux of things,
To have no home in the present.
And these are wishes: gentle dialogues
Of the poor hours with eternity.


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.


Quote: Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.


Quote: Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.


Quote: As bees gather honey, so we collect what is sweetest out of all things and build. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

As bees gather honey, so we collect what is sweetest out of all things and build.


Quote: This is in the end the only kind of courage that is required of us: the courage to face the strangest, most unusual, most inexplicable experiences that can meet us. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

This is in the end the only kind of courage that is required of us: the courage to face the strangest, most unusual, most inexplicable experiences that can meet us.




Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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 from the worn-out threshold,
you lift very slowly one black tree
and place it against the sky: slender, alone.
And you have made the world. And it is huge
and like a word which grows ripe in silence.
And as your will seizes on its meaning,
tenderly your eyes let it go.


Quote: It is part of the nature of every definitive love that sooner or later it can reach the beloved only in infinity. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: Irony: Don't let yourself be controlled by it, especially during uncreative moments. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: That is the principal thing-not to remain with the dream, with the intention, with the being-in-the-mood, but always forcibly to convert it all into things. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

That is the principal thing-not to remain with the dream, with the intention, with the being-in-the-mood, but always forcibly to convert it all into things.


Quote: Nothing makes it more difficult to help than the intention of doing so. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Nothing makes it more difficult to help than the intention of doing so.


Quote: To have a childhood means to live a thousand lives before this one. (Letters on Life). by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

To have a childhood means to live a thousand lives before this one. (Letters on Life).


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.


Quote: As the arrow endures the string, and in the gathering momentum becomes more than itself. Because to stay is to be nowhere. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

As the arrow endures the string, and in the gathering momentum becomes more than itself. Because to stay is to be nowhere.


Quote: Fame -- the aggregate of all the misunderstandings that collect around a new name. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Fame -- the aggregate of all the misunderstandings that collect around a new name.


Quote: Not since Moses has anyone seen a mountain so greatly. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Not since Moses has anyone seen a mountain so greatly.


Quote: One must never despair upon losing something, whether it's an individual or an experience of joy or happiness; everything returns even more magnificently. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

One must never despair upon losing something, whether it's an individual or an experience of joy or happiness; everything returns even more magnificently.


Quote: The creator must be a world for himself and must find everything in himself and in Nature, to whom his whole life is devoted. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

The creator must be a world for himself and must find everything in himself and in Nature, to whom his whole life is devoted.


Quote: But to be what I am, to live what I was meant to live, to want to sound like no one else, to yield the blossoms dictated to my heart: this is what I want -- and this surely cannot be arrogance. (Letters on Life). by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

But to be what I am, to live what I was meant to live, to want to sound like no one else, to yield the blossoms dictated to my heart: this is what I want -- and this surely cannot be arrogance. (Letters on Life).


Quote: It seems to me that almost all our sadnesses are moments of tension, which we feel as paralysis because we no longer hear our astonished emotions living. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

It seems to me that almost all our sadnesses are moments of tension, which we feel as paralysis because we no longer hear our astonished emotions living.


Quote: Ultimately nobody can help anyone else in life; one has this recurring experience in every conflict and confusion: that one is alone. (Letters on Life). by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Ultimately nobody can help anyone else in life; one has this recurring experience in every conflict and confusion: that one is alone. (Letters on Life).


Quote: There are moments in which a rose is more important than a piece of bread. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

There are moments in which a rose is more important than a piece of bread.




Quote: 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? by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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?


Quote: Basically, if it is good, one can't live to see it recognized: otherwise it's just half good and not reckless enough. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Basically, if it is good, one can't live to see it recognized: otherwise it's just half good and not reckless enough.


Quote: What an unilateral life, when from the material of a renunciation, we must fashion something we love. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

What an unilateral life, when from the material of a renunciation, we must fashion something we love.


Quote: Wishes are recollections coming from the future. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Wishes are recollections coming from the future.




Quote: Religion is something infinitely simple, ingenuous. It is not knowledge, not content of feeling... it is not duty and not renunciation, it is not restriction: but in the infinite extent of the universe it is a direction of the heart. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Religion is something infinitely simple, ingenuous. It is not knowledge, not content of feeling... it is not duty and not renunciation, it is not restriction: but in the infinite extent of the universe it is a direction of the heart.




Quote: But learning-time is always a long, secluded time, and so loving, for a long while ahead and far on into life, is-solitude, intensified and deepened loneness for him who loves. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

But learning-time is always a long, secluded time, and so loving, for a long while ahead and far on into life, is-solitude, intensified and deepened loneness for him who loves.




Quote: I am like a child who awakes   At the light, so safe and secureFree from night's fears when dawn breaks,  In Thee I am ever secure. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

I am like a child who awakes At the light, so safe and secureFree from night's fears when dawn breaks, In Thee I am ever secure.


Quote: He was a worker whose only desire was to penetrate with all his forces into the humble and difficult significance of his tools. Therein lay a certain renunciation of Life, but in just this renunciation lay his triumph, for Life entered into his work. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

He was a worker whose only desire was to penetrate with all his forces into the humble and difficult significance of his tools. Therein lay a certain renunciation of Life, but in just this renunciation lay his triumph, for Life entered into his work.




Quote: No one can advise or help you -- no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write, find out wether it spreading out its root in the deepest places of your heart...Delve into yourself for a deep answer. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

No one can advise or help you -- no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write, find out wether it spreading out its root in the deepest places of your heart...Delve into yourself for a deep answer.


Quote: Here is the time for the sayable, here 
 is its home.
Speak and attest. More than ever
the things we can live with are falling
 away,
and ousting them, filling their place,
 a will with no image.
Will beneath crusts which readily crack
whenever the act inside swells and 
 seeks new borders. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of Rainer Maria Rilke quote: Here is the time for the sayable, here 
 is its home.
Speak and attest. More than ever
the things we can live with are falling
 away,
and ousting them, filling their place,
 a will with no image.
Will beneath crusts which readily crack
whenever the act inside swells and 
 seeks new borders.- black text on quotes background

Here is the time for the sayable, here
is its home.
Speak and attest. More than ever
the things we can live with are falling
away,
and ousting them, filling their place,
a will with no image.
Will beneath crusts which readily crack
whenever the act inside swells and
seeks new borders.


Quote: Fame, that public destruction of one in process of becoming, into whose building-ground the mob breaks, displacing his stones. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Fame, that public destruction of one in process of becoming, into whose building-ground the mob breaks, displacing his stones.


Quote: I believe that that love remains strong and intense in your memory because it was your first deep aloneness and the first inner work that you did on your life. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

I believe that that love remains strong and intense in your memory because it was your first deep aloneness and the first inner work that you did on your life.


Quote: But it is over now; I have survived it. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

But it is over now; I have survived it.


Quote: Perhaps everything terrible is, in its deepest being, something that needs our love. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Perhaps everything terrible is, in its deepest being, something that needs our love.


Quote: For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: What is happening on your innermost self is worthy of your entire love. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

What is happening on your innermost self is worthy of your entire love.


Quote: 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 know the least? by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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 know the least?


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.


Quote: In later years it would sometimes happen that I'd wake up at night and see the stars so real in the sky and so meaningful in their course, and couldn't understand how anyone could bring themselves to miss so much of the world. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

In later years it would sometimes happen that I'd wake up at night and see the stars so real in the sky and so meaningful in their course, and couldn't understand how anyone could bring themselves to miss so much of the world.




Quote: Perhaps everything terrifying is deep down a helpless thing that needs our help. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: Perhaps somewhere, someplace deep inside your being, you have undergone important changes while you were sad. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: 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 is turning to stone. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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 is turning to stone.


Quote: Beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we are still just able to endure, and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate us. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we are still just able to endure, and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.


Quote: 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 heavy. You cannot bring them along. 
 Give yourselves to the air, to what you cannot hold. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of Rainer Maria Rilke quote: 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 heavy. You cannot bring them along. 
 Give yourselves to the air, to what you cannot hold.- black text on quotes background

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 heavy. You cannot bring them along.
Give yourselves to the air, to what you cannot hold.




Quote: 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 future speaks ruthlessly through them. They change the world. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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 future speaks ruthlessly through them. They change the world.


Quote: Somewhere there is an ancient enmity between our daily life and the great work. Help me in saying it, to understand it. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: Life and death: they are one, at core entwined. Who understands himself from his own strain presses himself into a drop of wine and throws himself into the purest flame. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Life and death: they are one, at core entwined. Who understands himself from his own strain presses himself into a drop of wine and throws himself into the purest flame.


Quote: Perhaps it requires of you precisely this existential anxiety in order to begin. Precisely these days of transition are perhaps the period when everything in you is working. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Perhaps it requires of you precisely this existential anxiety in order to begin. Precisely these days of transition are perhaps the period when everything in you is working.


Quote: Be ahead of all parting, as though it already were behind you. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Be ahead of all parting, as if it had already happened,
like winter, which even now is passing.
For beneath the winter is a winter so endless
that to survive it at all is a triumph of the heart.

Be forever dead in Eurydice, and climb back singing.
Climb praising as you return to connection.
Here among the disappearing, in the realm of the transient,
be a ringing glass that shatters as it rings.

Be. And, at the same time, know what it is not to be.
The emptiness inside you allows you to vibrate
in full resonance with your world. Use it for once.

To all that has run its course, and to the vast unsayable
numbers of beings abounding in Nature,
add yourself gladly, and cancel the cost.


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.




Quote: Sometime we will have to stop overevaluating the word. We shall learn to realize that it is only one of the many bridges that connect the island of our soul with the great continent of common life... the broadest, perhaps, but in no way the most refined. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Sometime we will have to stop overevaluating the word. We shall learn to realize that it is only one of the many bridges that connect the island of our soul with the great continent of common life... the broadest, perhaps, but in no way the most refined.


Quote: Never believe fate is more than the condensation of childhood. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Never believe fate is more than the condensation of childhood.


Quote: Perhaps creating something is nothing but an act of profound remembrance. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: Just as the creative artist is not allowed to choose, neither is he permitted to turn his back on anything: a single refusal, and he is cast out of the state of grace and becomes sinful all the way through. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Just as the creative artist is not allowed to choose, neither is he permitted to turn his back on anything: a single refusal, and he is cast out of the state of grace and becomes sinful all the way through.


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.


Quote: Why should you want to give up a child's wise not-understanding in exchange for defensiveness and scorn, since not-understanding is, after all, a way of being alone, whereas defensiveness and scorn are a participation in precisely what, by these means, you want to separate yourself from. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of Rainer Maria Rilke quote: Why should you want to give up a child's wise not-understanding in exchange for defensiveness and scorn, since not-understanding is, after all, a way of being alone, whereas defensiveness and scorn are a participation in precisely what, by these means, you want to separate yourself from.- black text on quotes background

Why should you want to give up a child's wise not-understanding in exchange for defensiveness and scorn, since not-understanding is, after all, a way of being alone, whereas defensiveness and scorn are a participation in precisely what, by these means, you want to separate yourself from.






Quote: Dig deep into your heart, where the answer spreads its roots in your being, and ask yourself solemnly, Must I write? by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: Whoever has no house now, will never have one. Whoever is alone will stay alone, will sit, read, write long letters through the evening, and wander on the boulevards, up and down, restlessly, while dry leaves are blowing. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Whoever has no house now, will never have one. Whoever is alone will stay alone, will sit, read, write long letters through the evening, and wander on the boulevards, up and down, restlessly, while dry leaves are blowing.


Quote: Every angel is terrifying. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Every angel is terrifying.


Quote: A kind of memory that tells us that what we're now striving for was once nearer and truer and attached to us with infinite tenderness. Here all is distance, there it was breath. After the first home the second one seems draughty and strangely sexed. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

A kind of memory that tells us that what we're now striving for was once nearer and truer and attached to us with infinite tenderness. Here all is distance, there it was breath. After the first home the second one seems draughty and strangely sexed.


Quote: We wasters of sorrows! How we stare away into sad endurance beyond them, trying to foresee their end! Whereas they are nothing else than our winter foliage, our sombre evergreen, one of the seasons of our interior year. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

We wasters of sorrows! How we stare away into sad endurance beyond them, trying to foresee their end! Whereas they are nothing else than our winter foliage, our sombre evergreen, one of the seasons of our interior year.


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.


Quote: I prayed to rediscover my childhood, and it has come back, and I feel that it is just as difficult as it used to be, and that growing older has served no purpose at all. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

I prayed to rediscover my childhood, and it has come back, and I feel that it is just as difficult as it used to be, and that growing older has served no purpose at all.


Quote: I have patience for centuries in me and will live as though my time were very big. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

I have patience for centuries in me and will live as though my time were very big.


Quote: I think of you often, dear, and with such concentrated wishes that it really must help you in some way. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: As people used to be wrong about the motion of the sun, so they are still wrong about the motion of the future. The future stands still, it is we who move in infinite space. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

As people used to be wrong about the motion of the sun, so they are still wrong about the motion of the future. The future stands still, it is we who move in infinite space.


Quote: And you suddenly know: It was here! You pull yourself together, and there stands an irrevocable year of anguish and vision and prayer. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

And you suddenly know: It was here! You pull yourself together, and there stands an irrevocable year of anguish and vision and prayer.


Quote: Thus we live, forever taking leave. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Thus we live, forever taking leave.


Quote: Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final.


Quote: Love and death are the great gifts that are given to us; mostly they are passed on unopened. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Love and death are the great gifts that are given to us; mostly they are passed on unopened.


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.


Quote: What keeps you from... living your life as a painful and lovely day in the history of a great pregnancy? by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

What keeps you from... living your life as a painful and lovely day in the history of a great pregnancy?


Quote: In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us.


Quote: Yet everything that touches us, me and you, takes us together like a violin's bow, which draws one voice out of two separate strings. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Yet everything that touches us, me and you, takes us together like a violin's bow, which draws one voice out of two separate strings.


Quote: Don't take my devils away, because my angels may flee too. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: To be in circumstances that are working upon us, that from time to time place us in front of great natural Things -- that is all we need. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

To be in circumstances that are working upon us, that from time to time place us in front of great natural Things -- that is all we need.


Quote: Go into yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone enough. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: I love the dark hours of my being. My mind deepens into them. There I can find, as in old letters, the days of my life, already lived, and held like a legend, and understood. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

I love the dark hours of my being. My mind deepens into them. There I can find, as in old letters, the days of my life, already lived, and held like a legend, and understood.


Quote: To be loved means to be consumed. To love is to give light with inexhaustible oil. To be loved is to pass away, to love is to endure. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

To be loved means to be consumed. To love is to give light with inexhaustible oil. To be loved is to pass away, to love is to endure.


Quote: Around everything that is perfected, the unfinished ascends and intensifies. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Around everything that is perfected, the unfinished ascends and intensifies.




Quote: Perhaps then, some day far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Perhaps then, some day far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.


Quote: What batters you becomes your strength. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

What batters you becomes your strength.


Quote: We see the brightness of a new page where everything yet can happen. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: Animals see the unobstructed world with their whole eyes. But our eyes, turned back upon themselves, encircle and seek to snare the world, setting traps for freedom. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Animals see the unobstructed world with their whole eyes. But our eyes, turned back upon themselves, encircle and seek to snare the world, setting traps for freedom.




Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of Rainer Maria Rilke quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Poetic power is great, strong as a primitive instinct; it has its own unyielding rhythms in itself and breaks out as out of mountains. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Poetic power is great, strong as a primitive instinct; it has its own unyielding rhythms in itself and breaks out as out of mountains.




Quote: We are the bees of the invisible. We madly gather the honey of the visible to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

We are the bees of the invisible. We madly gather the honey of the visible to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible.




Quote: 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 and reality: the female human being. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of blue starry night
Photo Credit: Mark Basarab

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 and reality: the female human being.


Quote: It is clear that we must embrace struggle. Every living thing conforms to it. Everything in nature grows and struggles in its own way, establishing its own identity, insisting on it at all cost, against all resistance. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

It is clear that we must embrace struggle. Every living thing conforms to it. Everything in nature grows and struggles in its own way, establishing its own identity, insisting on it at all cost, against all resistance.


Quote: She who reconciles the ill-matched threads Of her life, and weaves them gratefully Into a single cloth -- It's she who drives the loudmouths from the hall And clears it for a different celebration. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

She who reconciles the ill-matched threads Of her life, and weaves them gratefully Into a single cloth -- It's she who drives the loudmouths from the hall And clears it for a different celebration.




Quote: Only those are in the right who keep an open door for both good and ill, so that each may come but also leave according to its needs. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Only those are in the right who keep an open door for both good and ill, so that each may come but also leave according to its needs.


Quote: Every intensification is good, if it is in your entire blood, if it isn't intoxication or muddiness, but joy which you can see into, clear to the bottom. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Every intensification is good, if it is in your entire blood, if it isn't intoxication or muddiness, but joy which you can see into, clear to the bottom.


Quote: All this hurrying soon will be over. Only when we tarry do we touch the holy. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

All this hurrying soon will be over. Only when we tarry do we touch the holy.


Quote: A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development.


Quote: Take your well-disciplined strengths, stretch them between the two great opposing poles, because inside human beings is where God learns. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Take your well-disciplined strengths, stretch them between the two great opposing poles, because inside human beings is where God learns.


Quote: But you, divine poet, you sang on till the end as the swarm of rejected maenads attacked you, shrieking, you overpowered their noise with harmony, and from pure destruction arose your transfigured song. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

But you, divine poet, you sang on till the end as the swarm of rejected maenads attacked you, shrieking, you overpowered their noise with harmony, and from pure destruction arose your transfigured song.


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.


Quote: You must think that something is happening upon you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

You must think that something is happening upon you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall.


Quote: Trees do not force their sap, nor does the flower push its bloom. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Trees do not force their sap, nor does the flower push its bloom.


Quote: Music: breathing of statues. Perhaps: silence of paintings. You language where all language ends. You time standing vertically on the motion of mortal hearts. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Music: breathing of statues. Perhaps: silence of paintings. You language where all language ends. You time standing vertically on the motion of mortal hearts.


Quote: Harshness vanished. A sudden softness has replaced the meadows' wintry grey. Little rivulets of water changed their singing accents. Tendernesses, hesitantly, reach toward the earth from space, and country lanes are showing these unexpected subtle risings that find expression in the empty trees. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of Rainer Maria Rilke quote: Harshness vanished. A sudden softness has replaced the meadows' wintry grey. Little rivulets of water changed their singing accents. Tendernesses, hesitantly, reach toward the earth from space, and country lanes are showing these unexpected subtle risings that find expression in the empty trees.- black text on quotes background

Harshness vanished. A sudden softness has replaced the meadows' wintry grey. Little rivulets of water changed their singing accents. Tendernesses, hesitantly, reach toward the earth from space, and country lanes are showing these unexpected subtle risings that find expression in the empty trees.


Quote: 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 of the new clarity. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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 of the new clarity.




Quote: Be out of sync with your times for just one day, and you will see how much eternity you contain within you. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Be out of sync with your times for just one day, and you will see how much eternity you contain within you.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Be out of sync with your times for just one day, and you will see how much eternity you contain within you. (Letters on Life).


Quote: Stand up during supper and walk outdoors, and keep on walking. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Stand up during supper and walk outdoors, and keep on walking.




Quote: In one creative thought a thousand forgotten nights of love revive, filling it with sublimity and exaltation. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

In one creative thought a thousand forgotten nights of love revive, filling it with sublimity and exaltation.


Quote: We must accept our reality as vastly as we possibly can; everything, even the unprecedented, must be possible within it. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

We must accept our reality as vastly as we possibly can; everything, even the unprecedented, must be possible within it.




Quote: What goes on in your innermost being is worth all your love, this is what you must work on however you can and not waste too much time and too much energy on clarifying your attitude to other people. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

What goes on in your innermost being is worth all your love, this is what you must work on however you can and not waste too much time and too much energy on clarifying your attitude to other people.


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.


Quote: It is so often on the name of a misdeed that a life goes to pieces, not the nameless and personal action itself, which was perhaps a perfectly definite necessity of that life and would have been absorbed by it without effort. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

It is so often on the name of a misdeed that a life goes to pieces, not the nameless and personal action itself, which was perhaps a perfectly definite necessity of that life and would have been absorbed by it without effort.


Quote: A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.


Quote: I am so glad you are here. It helps me realize how beautiful my world is. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: A billion stars go spinning through the night,   glittering above your head,   But in you is the presence that will be   when all the stars are dead. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

A billion stars go spinning through the night, glittering above your head, But in you is the presence that will be when all the stars are dead.


Quote: Look, I am living. On what? Neither
 childhood nor future
lessens ... Superabundant existence
wells in my heart. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Look, I am living. On what? Neither
childhood nor future
lessens ... Superabundant existence
wells in my heart.


Quote: Huge lemons, cut in slices, would sink like setting suns into the dusky sea, softly illuminating it with their radiating membranes, and its clear, smooth surface aquiver from the rising bitter essence. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Huge lemons, cut in slices, would sink like setting suns into the dusky sea, softly illuminating it with their radiating membranes, and its clear, smooth surface aquiver from the rising bitter essence.


Quote: Ist dir Trinken bitter, werde Wein. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Ist dir Trinken bitter, werde Wein.


Quote: Fame is finally only the sum total of all the misunderstanding that can gather around a new name. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: Fame is the sum of the misunderstanding that gathers about a new name. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: If my devils are to leave me, I'm afraid my angels will take flight as well. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

If my devils are to leave me, I'm afraid my angels will take flight as well.


Quote: Keep growing quietly and seriously throughout your whole development; you cannot disturb it more rudely than by looking outward and expecting from outside replies to questions that only your inmost feeling in your most hushed hour can perhaps answer. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Keep growing quietly and seriously throughout your whole development; you cannot disturb it more rudely than by looking outward and expecting from outside replies to questions that only your inmost feeling in your most hushed hour can perhaps answer.


Quote: You darkness, that I come from, I love you more than all the fires that fence in the world. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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




Quote: To make myself understood and to diminish the distance between us, I called out: I am an evening cloud too. They stopped still, evidently taking a good look at me. Then they stretched towards me their fine, transparent, rosy wings. That is how evening clouds greet each other. They had recognized me. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of Rainer Maria Rilke quote: To make myself understood and to diminish the distance between us, I called out: I am an evening cloud too. They stopped still, evidently taking a good look at me. Then they stretched towards me their fine, transparent, rosy wings. That is how evening clouds greet each other. They had recognized me.- black text on quotes background

To make myself understood and to diminish the distance between us, I called out: I am an evening cloud too. They stopped still, evidently taking a good look at me. Then they stretched towards me their fine, transparent, rosy wings. That is how evening clouds greet each other. They had recognized me.


Quote: Painting is something that takes place among the colors. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Painting is something that takes place among the colors.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: 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, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of Rainer Maria Rilke quote; white text on black background

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, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust.


Quote: Forest! They seek your trees to sleep among,
With their long sentences hung. Forest! by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Forest! They seek your trees to sleep among,
With their long sentences hung. Forest!


Quote: Who has turned us around like this, so that
whatever we do, we find ourselves in the attitude
of someone going away? Just as that person
on the last hill, which shows him his whole valley
one last time, turns, stops, lingers -
so we live, forever taking our leave. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Who has turned us around like this, so that
whatever we do, we find ourselves in the attitude
of someone going away? Just as that person
on the last hill, which shows him his whole valley
one last time, turns, stops, lingers -
so we live, forever taking our leave.


Quote: Sex is difficult; yes. But those tasks that have been entrusted to us are difficult; almost everything serious is difficult; and everything is serious. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Sex is difficult; yes. But those tasks that have been entrusted to us are difficult; almost everything serious is difficult; and everything is serious.




Quote: Those doves below, the ones utterly cared for, never endangered ones, cannot know tenderness. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.


Quote: Understand, I'll slip quietly away from the noisy crowd when I see the pale stars rising, blooming, over the oaks. I'll pursue solitary pathways through the pale twilit meadows with only this one dream: You come too. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Understand, I'll slip quietly away from the noisy crowd when I see the pale stars rising, blooming, over the oaks. I'll pursue solitary pathways through the pale twilit meadows with only this one dream: You come too.


Quote: Someday you will name me, then gently place those burning holy roses in my hair. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: Rose, oh pure contradiction, joy
of being No-one's sleep under so many
lids. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: Our heart always transcends us. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Our heart always transcends us.


Quote: 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 is doesn't notice that they are missing. But realities are slow and indescribably detailed. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of Rainer Maria Rilke quote: 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 is doesn't notice that they are missing. But realities are slow and indescribably detailed.- black text on quotes background

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 is doesn't notice that they are missing. But realities are slow and indescribably detailed.




Quote: That is why young people, who are beginners in everything, are not yet capable of love: it is something they must learn. With their whole being, with all their forces, gathered around their solitary, anxious, upward-beating heart, they must learn to love. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

That is why young people, who are beginners in everything, are not yet capable of love: it is something they must learn. With their whole being, with all their forces, gathered around their solitary, anxious, upward-beating heart, they must learn to love.


Quote: 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 and confused. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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 and confused.


Quote: I am touched by your beautiful anxiety about life. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

I am touched by your beautiful anxiety about life.


Quote: Think... of the world you carry within you. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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 within you, and place that above everything you perceive around you. What is happening in your innermost self is worthy of your entire love; somehow you must find a way to work at it.


Quote: Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.


Quote: I learn it every day of my life, learn it with pain I am grateful for: patience is everything! by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

I learn it every day of my life, learn it with pain I am grateful for: patience is everything!


Quote: If we surrendered
to earth's intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

If we surrendered
to earth's intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.


Quote: The highest form of love is to be the protector of another person's solitude. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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


Quote: It is quite rare to encounter a truly creative and productive person who resides in his own stillness or simply in the midst of his melody, close to the honest beating of his heart! (Letters on Life). by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

It is quite rare to encounter a truly creative and productive person who resides in his own stillness or simply in the midst of his melody, close to the honest beating of his heart! (Letters on Life).


Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of photo of author Rainer Maria Rilke with quote

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.




Quote: 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. by author Rainer Maria Rilke overlaid on photo of Rainer Maria Rilke quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


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