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Quotes by Rainer Maria Rilke - (70 quotes)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Amusement category:

Society has been able to create refuges of every sort, for since it preferred to take love-life as an amusement, it also had to give it an easy form, cheap, safe, and sure, as public amusements are. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Anticipation category:

We see the brightness of a new page where everything yet can happen. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Anxiety category:

- Letters to a Young Poet...
I am touched by your beautiful anxiety about life... (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Art category:

Art too is just a way of living. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Beauty category:

There is much beauty here, because everywhere there is much beauty. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Brother/Sisterhood category:

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. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Confidence category:

- Letters to a Young Poet...
May you gain more and more confidence in what is difficult and in your solitude among other people. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Confidence category:

Being an artist means not numbering or counting, but ripening like a tree, which doesn't force its sap, standing confidently in storms, not afraid that summer may not come. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Construction category:

Prose needs to be built like a cathedral. There one is truly without a name, without ambition, without help; on scaffoldings, alone with one's consciousness. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Construction category:

As bees gather honey, so we collect what is sweetest out of all things and build... (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Conviction category:

Irony: Don't let yourself be controlled by it, especially during uncreative moments. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Courage category:

This is in the end the only kind of courage that is required of us: the courage to face the strangest, most unusual, most inexplicable experiences that can meet us. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Courage category:

Perhaps all of the Dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Criticism category:

I never read anything concerning my work. I feel that criticism is a letter to the public which the author, since it is not directed to him, does not have to open and read. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Criticism category:

Nothing touches a work of art so little as words of criticism; they always result in more or less fortunate misunderstanding. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Danger category:

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, to where no one can go any further. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Destiny category:

What we call fate does not come into us from the outside, but emerges from us. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Determination category:

Just keep going - no feeling is final. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Difficulty category:

In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Difficulty category:

It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult. That something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it. It is also good to love: because love is difficult. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Difficulty category:

Those tasks that have been entrusted to us are difficult; almost everything serious is difficult; and everything is serious. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Doubt category:

Your doubt can become a good quality if you train it. It must become knowing, it must become criticism. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Emotion category:

All feelings that concentrate you and lift you up are pure; only that feeling is impure which grasps just one side of your being and thus distorts you. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Eroticism category:

The artist's experience lies so unbelievably close to the sexual, to its pain and its pleasure, that the two phenomena are really just different forms of one and the same longing and bliss. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Expression category:

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)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Faith category:

May you find in yourself enough patience to endure and enough simplicity to have faith... (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Fear category:

Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Fear category:

-paraphrased by Ray Wylie Hubbard, singer/songwriter...
Our fears are like dragons guarding our most precious treasures. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Friendship category:

I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Future category:

Now I come to you full of future. And from habit we begin to live our past. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Gender category:

Perhaps the sexes are more akin than people think, and the great renewal of the world will perhaps consist in one phenomenon: that man and woman, freed from all mistaken feelings and aversions, will seek each other not as opposites but as brother and sister, as neighbors, and will unite as human beings, in order to bear in common, simply, earnestly, and patiently, the heavy sex that has been laid upon them. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Goodness category:

A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Greatness category:

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. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Growth category:

Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this alone is what it means to live as an artist. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Growth category:

To keep growing, silently and earnestly, through your whole development; you couldn't disturb it any more violently than by looking outside and waiting for outside answers to questions that only your innermost feeling, in your quietest hour, can perhaps answer. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Immortality category:

They, who passed away long ago, still exist in us, as predisposition, as burden upon our fate, as murmuring blood, and as gesture that rises up from the depths of time. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Innocence category:

One of the most difficult tests for the creator: he must always remain unconscious, unaware of his best virtues, if he doesn't want to rob them of their candor and innocence. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Insecurity category:

Most people come to know only one corner of their room, one spot near the window, one narrow strip on which they keep walking back and forth. In this way they have a certain security... We, however, are not prisoners. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Insight category:

The painter should not become conscious of his insights without taking the way round through his mental processes. His advances, enigmatic even to himself, must enter so swiftly into the work that he is unable to recognize them at the moment of transition. For him, alas, who watches for them, delays them... they change like the fine gold in the fairy tale which can no longer remain gold because some detail went wrong. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Joy category:

Every intensification is good, if it is in your entire blood, if it isn't intoxication or muddiness, but joy which you can see into, clear to the bottom. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Knowledge category:

If only it were possible for us to see farther than our knowledge reaches, and even a little beyond the outworks of our presentiment, perhaps we would bear our sadnesses with greater trust than we have in our joys. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Life category:

-in a letter to Mr. Kappus...
What keeps you from... living your life as a painful and lovely day in the history of a great pregnancy? (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Life category:

Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Love category:

What is happening on your innermost self is worthy of your entire love. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Love category:

Works of art are of an infinite solitude, and no means of approach is so useless as criticism. Only love can touch and hold them and be fair to them. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Love category:

Perhaps the same bird echoed through both of us yesterday, separate, in the evening. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Memory category:

The thought of being a creator, of engendering, of shaping is nothing without the continuous great confirmation and embodiment in the world, nothing without the thousandfold assent from Things and animals... beautiful and rich only because it is full of inherited memories of the engendering and birthing of millions. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Miracles category:

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

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Mysteries category:

More unsayable than all other things are works of art, those mysterious existences, whose life endures beside our own small, transitory life. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Nature category:

To be in circumstances that are working upon us, that from time to time place us in front of great natural Things - that is all we need. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Nature category:

-Letters to a Young Poet
If you trust in Nature, in the small Things that hardly anyone sees and that can so suddenly become huge, immeasurable; if you have this love for what is humble and try very simply, as someone who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor, then everything will become easier for you. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Observation category:

Don't observe yourself too closely. Don't be too quick to draw conclusions from what happens to you; simply let it happen. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Obsession category:

The creator must be a world for himself and must find everything in himself and in Nature, to whom his whole life is devoted. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Patience category:

I learn it every day of my life, learn it with pain I am grateful for: patience is everything! (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Profession category:

All professions are... filled with demands. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Progress category:

Allow your judgments a silent, undisturbed development, which, like all progress, must come from deep within and cannot be forced or hastened. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Questions category:

Ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write [create]? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Questions category:

I beg you... to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything, live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Reality category:

We must accept our reality as vastly as we possibly can; everything, even the unprecedented, must be possible within it. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Religion category:

-in a letter to Mr. Kappus...
Why don't you think of Him as the one who is coming, who has been approaching from all eternity, the one who will someday arrive, the ultimate fruit of a tree whose leaves we are? (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Sadness category:

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. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Sculpture category:

-on Auguste Rodin...
He was a worker whose only desire was to penetrate with all his forces into the humble and difficult significance of his tools. Therein lay a certain renunciation of Life, but in just this renunciation lay his triumph, for Life entered into his work. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Silence category:

The moments when something new has entered us, something unknown; our feelings grow mute in shy embarrassment, everything in us withdraws, a silence arises, and the new experience, which no one knows, stands in the midst of it all and says nothing. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Solitude category:

Love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. Your solitude will be a support and a home for you. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Solitude category:

Solitude is nothing that one can choose or retrain from. We are solitary. We can delude ourselves about this and act as if it were not true. That is all. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Struggle category:

What we do battle with is so small, what battles us is so large... (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Studio category:

Space for the Spirit to breathe. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Trust category:

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. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Truth category:

I want to unfold, / I don't want to stay folded anywhere, / Because where I am folded, / There I am a lie... (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Rainer Maria Rilke - From the Unknowns category:

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. (Rainer Maria Rilke)