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Rainer Maria Rilke

Rilke in 1900, aged 24
Born René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke
(1875-12-04)4 December 1875
Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary
Died 29 December 1926(1926-12-29) (aged 51)
Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland
Occupation Poet, novelist
Language German
Nationality Austrian
Period 1894–1925
Literary movement Modernism

There are quantities of human beings, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.
Rainer Maria Rilke
There may be good, but there are no pleasant marriages.
Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.
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
All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood.
Truly to sing, that is a different breath.
There are no classes in life for beginners; right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.
Rainer Maria Rilke
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
A person isn't who they are during the last conversation you had with them – they're who they've been throughout your whole relationship.
Rainer Maria Rilke
More belongs to marriage than four legs in a bed.
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.
Rainer Maria Rilke
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.
Rainer Maria Rilke
It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Who has not sat before his own heart's curtain? It lifts: and the scenery is falling apart.
Rainer Maria Rilke
The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
Rainer Maria Rilke

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
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.
Rainer Maria Rilke
No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.
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.
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
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.
Rainer Maria Rilke
The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.
I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.
The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing.
Rainer Maria Rilke
One had to take some action against fear when once it laid hold of one.
It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
Rainer Maria Rilke
And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess.
Rainer Maria Rilke
The only journey is the one within.
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.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Love is like the measles. The older you get it, the worse the attack.
Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.