Best quotes by the German Poet Rainer Maria Rilke

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.
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Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
  • love

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

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



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

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.
  • beauty

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

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

The only journey is the one within.
  • Success

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.
  • blame

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

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

Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain.
  • Worry

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.
  • ambiguity

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.
  • Art

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

Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.
  • being

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.
  • love

Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
  • beautiful

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

More belongs to marriage than four legs in a bed.
  • bed

Believe that with your feelings 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.
  • belief

Truly to sing, that is a different breath.
  • breath

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.
  • love

Every angel is terrifying.
  • angels

Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other.
  • poetry

At the bottom no one in life can help anyone else in life; this one experiences over and over in every conflict and every perplexity: that one is alone. That isn't as bad as it may first appear; and again it is the best thing in life that each should have everything in himself; his fate, his future, his whole expanse and world.
  • Adversity

With nothing can one approach a work of art so little as with critical words: they always come down to more or less happy misunderstandings.
  • Art

Just as language has no longer anything in common with the thing it names, so the movements of most of the people who live in cities have lost their connection with the earth; they hang, as it were, in the air, hover in all directions, and find no place where they can settle.
  • City

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.
  • Color


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

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

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.
  • blame

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

I live my life in widening circles That reach out across the world.
  • inspirational

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.
  • experience

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Rainer Maria Rilke love quotes

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

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

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.
  • love

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.
  • love

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.
  • Love

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

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.
  • another

Swells, Marina? we ocean, depths, Marina? we sky!
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Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
  • Poetry

Every angel is terrifying.
  • angels

Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other.
  • poetry

From THE SONNETS TO ORPHEUS
  • Poetry

It is not inertia alone that is responsible for human relationships repeating themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and unrenewed: it is shyness before any sort of new, unforeseeable experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope. But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most enigmatical will live the relation to another as something alive.
  • poetry

O Stunden in der Kindheit, da hinter den Figuren mehr als nur Vergangnes war und vor uns nicht die Zukunft.
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Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.
  • being

Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
  • beautiful

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

Ideally a painter (and, generally, an artist) should not become conscious of his insights: without taking the detour through his reflective processes, and incomprehensibly to himself, all his progress should enter so swiftly into the work that he is unable to recognize them in the moment of transition. Alas, the artist who waits in ambush there, watching, detaining them, will find them transformed like the beautiful gold in the fairy tale which cannot remain gold because some small detail was not taken care of.
  • Creativity

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not a poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.
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Ideally a painter (and, generally, an artist) should not become conscious of his insights: without taking the detour through his reflective processes, and incomprehensibly to himself, all his progress should enter so swiftly into the work that he is unable to recognize them in the moment of transition. Alas, the artist who waits in ambush there, watching, detaining them, will find them transformed like the beautiful gold in the fairy tale which cannot remain gold because some small detail was not taken care of.
  • Creativity

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not a poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.
  • Creativity

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.
  • Emotions

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.
  • Love



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.
  • Men

Physical pleasure is a sensual experience no different from pure seeing or the pure sensation with which a fine fruit fills the tongue; it is a great unending experience, which is given us, a knowing of the world, the fullness and the glory of all knowing. And not our acceptance of it is bad; the bad thing is that most people misuse and squander this experience and apply it as a stimulant at the tired spots of their lives and as distraction instead of a rallying toward exalted moments.
  • Pleasure

From THE SONNETS TO ORPHEUS
  • Poetry

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.
  • Portraits

I feel it now: there's a power in me to grasp and give shape to my world I know that nothing has ever been real without my beholding it. All becoming has need me..
  • Power

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 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 find them gradually, without noticing it, and live along some distant day into the answer.
  • Questions

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

There is here no measuring with time, no year matters, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force it's sap and stands confident in the storms of Spring without the fear that after them may come no Summer. It does come. I learn it daily, learn it with pain to which I am grateful
  • Time

Things are not all so comprehensible and expressible as one would mostly have us believe; 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.
  • Words

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.
  • aware

There may be good, but there are no pleasant marriages.
  • marriages

It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning.
  • able

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

One had to take some action against fear when once it laid hold of one.
  • fear

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.
  • another

There are quantities of human faces, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.
  • faces

All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood.
  • begin

There are so many things about which some old man ought to tell one while one is little; for when one is grown one would know them as a matter of course.
  • course

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.
  • writing

I live my life in widening circles That reach out across the world.
  • inspirational

It is not inertia alone that is responsible for human relationships repeating themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and unrenewed: it is shyness before any sort of new, unforeseeable experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope. But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most enigmatical will live the relation to another as something alive.
  • poetry

O Stunden in der Kindheit, da hinter den Figuren mehr als nur Vergangnes war und vor uns nicht die Zukunft.
  • poetry

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

Swells, Marina? we ocean, depths, Marina? we sky!
  • love

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.
  • experience

Deeply I go down into myself. My god is Dark and like a webbing made of a hundred roots that drink in silence.
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