"In the deepest and most important things, we are unspeakably alone "
#QuotsyMar19 Day 17: Sing out the pain of #Solitude as Rilke advised. Read this aloud with my then-16 yo girl and she refused to continue as she found Rilke to be a horny, pedantic letter-writer. 😂🤣😭 Hopefully, Rilke finds her again at a time when she is finally ready for him. But not now, not yet.
Read this on a flight to California. Amazing. So much in these 10 letters speak to core essentials of life. So much is ancient, so much is prescient of progress in the last 100 years since this correspondence took place. It's life altering reading.
I‘m a sucker for letters, so naturally this was a pick for me. Rilke has some good advice on poetry, love, relationships, loneliness...but mostly encouraged his addressee to embrace the difficulty and pain of solitude. Beautiful and thoughtful, and a very quick read. 5 out of 5 on GR.
“But in these weeks of the awakening Spring
Something within me has been freed- something
That in the past dark years unconscious lay,
Which rises now within me and commands
And gives my poor warm life into your hands
Who know not what I was that Yesterday.”
OMW to NYC for HPatCC!
I loved this book. It‘s bound to be perennial reread (haha).
I don‘t always agree with Rilke but there are beliefs in here I hold that I appreciated reading someone far away in time and space articulating.
Also, his tenderness to the human he was writing to is powerful and moving.
Thank you @Trashcanman for this lovely gift.
#24B42019 checking in at 13 hours, 33 minutes.
Read as little as possible of literary criticism—such things are either partisan opinions, which have become petrified and meaningless, hardened and empty of life, or else they are just clever word-games, in which one view wins today, and tomorrow the opposite view.
Ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse.
Rilke on allowing yourself the time and space to nurture your creative north star
"Allow your verdicts their own quiet untroubled development which like all progress must come from deep within and cannot be forced or accelerated. Everything must be carried to term before it is born..."
Finishing this book has left me speechless. I‘m sitting here thinking: how can I possibly capture this in words? I feel like I‘ve grown immensely by reading this. It‘s not that he shares much that is new to me. He puts in the clearest of words thoughts and beliefs that I hold about “Things” in life, thinking I‘ve been alone in these viewpoints. Plus, There are so many unforgettable nuggets of wisdom. “Let life happen to you”⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"If you hold close to nature, to what is simple in it, to the small things people hardly see and which all of a sudden can become great and immeasurable; if you have this love for what is slight, then everything will grow easier, more unified and somehow more conciliatory. What matters is to live everything." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
And your doubt can become a good quality if you train it..Ask it, whenever it wants to spoil something for you, why something is ugly, demand proofs from it, test it, and you will find it perhaps bewildered and embarrased, perhaps also protesting. But don't give in, insist on arguments, and act in this way, attentive and persistent, every single time, and the day will come when, instead of being a destroyer, it will become one of your best workers
Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like ... books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
“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.”
"... 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." ? #rilke #love #inspiring #encouraging
#TBT of the week. A few years ago my friend Terry gave me two boxes of books. They were all first part of the 20th century and mid 20th century. These lovelies were amongst them. I still find it odd breaking down parts of the 20th century into historical sections considering I lived in it. Well historians have to do what they have to do.
"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." ❤I reread LTAYP every year. These aren't even my favorite quotes from this book (see the one in Letter Four about "living the questions"). Seriously, read Rilke, or read him again!!! #januaryreads #epistolary