Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Rainer Maria Rilke


My latest discovery is Rainer Maria Rilke, a great Austrian poet. I recently bought his Letters to a Young Poet and would love to share a quote with you. Later, it's terribly likely that I shall be writing a review of this piece, but for now, a quote shall suffice.

"Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty and sadness...Were it otherwise he would never been able to find those words."

Here are a few more quotes that seemed to have hit me in the right place.

"Go into yourself. Search for th reason that bids you write; find out whether it is spreading out its roots in the depest places of your heart, acknowledge to yourself whether you would have to die if it wer denied you to write. This  above all- ask yourself in the stillest hour of your night; must I write?"

"If your daily like seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches."

"...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."

Quotes from Letter to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

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