from Letters to a young poet – “Rilke”

“Whoever looks seriously will find that neither for death which is difficult, nor for difficult love has any clarification, any solution, any hint of a path been perceived; and for both these tasks which we carry wrapped up and hand on without opening, there is no general agreed-upon rule that can be discovered. But in the same measure in which we begin to test life as individuals, these great Things will come to meet us, the individuals, with greater intimacy” Letter 7

 “If a sadness rises in front of you, larger than any you have ever seen; if an anxiety like light and cloud-shadows moves over your hands and over everything you do. You must realize that something is happening to you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing so much as to change” Letter 8

“Don’t observe yourself too closely. 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 (that is: morally) at your past, which naturally has a share in everything that now meets you” Letter 8

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  1. I really like the 3rd quote. Even though I didn’t read this book yet, but I found very interesting quotes online:
    “Go into yourself and test the deeps in which your life takes rise; at its source you will find the answer to the question whether you must create. Accept it, just as it sounds, without inquiring into it. Perhaps it will turn out that you are called to be an artist. Then take that destiny upon yourself and bear it, its burden and its greatness, without ever asking what recompense might come from outside.”

  2. It is beautiful ya Noush 😀
    the whole book is almost quotable

  3. Splendid taste ya Nerro usual.

    Ramadan Karim..Happy Eid and Happy 6th of October..and happy new year..oh wait..this one is 2 months away 😀 “me2asar ma3aky ana 3aref”

    cheers Queen Nerro,please don’t fire me just yet..i still need the job “and well,the job feeds my superiority complex..first step is admitting that you have a complex”

    i hope all is well,my regards to Nesrina

  4. Archangel: no worries, I totally understand, I was away for long myself 😀 Happy everything to you 😀

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