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.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

The most fulfilling Rainer Maria Rilke quotes that are little-known but priceless

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

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

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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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Rainer Maria Rilke quote The deepest experience of the creator is

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

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

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

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

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Rainer Maria Rilke quote The only journey is the one within.

The only journey is the one within.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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and I circle ten thousand years long;

And I still don't know if I'm a falcon, a storm, or an unfinished song

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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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About Rainer Maria Rilke

Quotes 465 sayings
Nationality German
Profession Poet
Birthday December 4, 1875

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.

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It is always what I have already said: always the wish that you may find patience enough in yourself to endure, and simplicity enough to believe; that you may acquire more and more confidence in that which is difficult, and in your solitude among others. And for the rest, let life happen to you. Believe me: life is right, in any case.

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The only journey is the one within.

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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.

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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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Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.

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Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart.

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Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.

Do not despair if the answers don't come immediately. Some answers are only revealed with the passage of time.

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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.

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Our deepest fears are like dragons, guarding our deepest treasure.

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What batters you becomes your strength.

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

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Things aren't all so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered, and more unsayable than all other things are works of art, those mysterious existences, whose life endures beside our own small, transitory life

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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.

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you are not too old and it is not too late to dive into your increasing depths where life calmly gives out it's own secret

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

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Life - a sexually transmitted terminal condition.

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Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading!

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky.

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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.

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

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Beauty is only the start of bearable terror.

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Earth, my dearest, oh believe me, you no longer need your springtimes to win me over...Unspeakably, I have belonged to you, from the flush.

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

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

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Always trust yourself and your own feelings, as opposed to arguments and discussions. If it turns out that you are wrong, then the natural growth of your inner life will eventually guide you to other insights.

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Who has not sat before his own heart's curtain? It lifts: and the scenery is falling apart.

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Painting is something that takes place among the colors.

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All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood.

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Love is like the measles. The older you get it, the worse the attack.

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