Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. 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

Rainer Maria Rilke

For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation . . . Loving does not at first mean merging, surrendering, and uniting with another person--it is a high inducement for the individual to ripen . . . to become world in himself for the sake of another person; it is a great, demanding claim on him, something that chooses him and calls him to vast distances.

Rainer Maria Rilke

The only journey is the one within.

Rainer Maria Rilke

The only journey is the journey within.

Rainer Maria Rilke

He reproduced himself with so much humble objectivity, with the unquestioning, matter of fact interest of a dog who sees himself in a mirror and thinks: there's another dog.

Rainer Maria Rilke

All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Rainer Maria Rilke

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Rainer Maria Rilke

We need in love to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily--we do not need to learn it.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.

Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Rainer Maria Rilke
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