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Rainer Maria Rilke quotes

1875 - 1926, Bohemian-Austrian poet

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.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just
once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest
essence, something helpless that wants our love.
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And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.
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Let life happen to you. Believe me: Life is in the right, always.
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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.
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Love is the only rational act.
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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 hour of the new clarity.
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There is only one journey: going inside yourself.
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Where something becomes extremely difficult and unbearable, there we also stand already
quite near its transformation.
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I have never been aware before how many faces there are. There are quantities of human
beings, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.
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Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions
themselves. Don't search for answers now, because you would not be able to live them. And
the point is to live everything.
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I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: That each should stand
guard over the solitude of the other.
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Our fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasures.
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If your everyday life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are
not enough of a poet to call forth its riches - because for the creator there is no poverty and
no indifferent place.
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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.
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Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant
day into your answers.
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Do continue to believe that with your feeling and your work you are taking part in the
greatest; the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go
forth from it.
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I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.
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