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Rainer Maria Rilke Love Quotes and Sayings

Rainer Maria Rilke Love Quotes and Sayings

1. This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.

2. We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.

3. The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.

4. For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been given to us, the ultimate, the final problem and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation.

5. 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.

6. That’s love: Two lonely persons keep each other safe and touch each other and talk to each other.

7. Everything terrible is something that needs our love.

8. It is part of the nature of every definitive love that sooner or later it can reach the beloved only in infinity.

9. That is why young people, who are beginners in everything, are not yet capable of love: it is something they must learn. With their whole being, with all their forces, gathered around their solitary, anxious, upward-beating heart, they must learn to love.

10. Wherever you are now, I have you in my heart.

11. Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other.

12. A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.

13. The highest form of love is to be the protector of another person’s solitude.


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Excerpt from Wikipedia: Rainer Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926) was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and art critic. He is considered one of the most significant poets in the German language. His haunting images focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety: themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.

He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose. Among English-language readers, his best-known work is the Duino Elegies; his two most famous prose works are the Letters to a Young Poet and the semi-autobiographical The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. He also wrote more than 400 poems in French, dedicated to his homeland of choice, the canton of Valais in Switzerland.
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Sayings by Rainer Maria Rilke

1. 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.

2. I have never been aware before how many faces there are. There are quantities of human beings, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.

3. I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. The only journey is the one within.

8. Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. 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.

9. Do not assume that he who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life may also have much sadness and difficulty, that remains far beyond yours. Were it otherwise, he would never have been able to find these words.

10. Let everything happen to you, beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.

11. The necessary thing is after all but this; solitude, great inner solitude. Going into oneself for hours meeting no one – this one must be able to attain.

12. If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

13. There are no classes in life for beginners: right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.

14. Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.15. 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.

16. This is what the things can teach us: to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly.

17. Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Live in the question.

18. But there is much beauty here, because there is much beauty everywhere.

19. Be of good courage all is before you, and time passed in the difficult is never lost…What is required of us is that we live the difficult and learn to deal with it. In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us.

20. If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.