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Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes

(1875-1926), German Poet

Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain.

Category: Anxiety

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.

Category: Arts And Artists

Just as language has no longer anything in common with the thing it names, so the movements of most of the people who live in cities have lost their connection with the earth; they hang, as it were, in the air, hover in all directions, and find no place where they can settle.

Category: Cities And City Life

Painting is something that takes place among the colors, and one has to leave them alone completely, so that they can settle the matter among themselves. Their intercourse: this is the whole of painting. Whoever meddles, arranges, injects his human deliberation, his wit, his advocacy, his intellectual agility in any way, is already disturbing and clouding their activity.

Category: Color

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

Category: Comfort

Ideally a painter (and, generally, an artist) should not become conscious of his insights: without taking the detour through his reflective processes, and incomprehensibly to himself, all his progress should enter so swiftly into the work that he is unable to recognize them in the moment of transition. Alas, the artist who waits in ambush there, watching, detaining them, will find them transformed like the beautiful gold in the fairy tale which cannot remain gold because some small detail was not taken care of.

Category: Creativity

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.

Category: Emotions

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

Category: Life And Living

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things

Category: Life And Living

Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.

Category: Life And Living

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

Category: Love

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.

Category: Love

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.

Category: Men And Women

Physical pleasure is a sensual experience no different from pure seeing or the pure sensation with which a fine fruit fills the tongue; it is a great unending experience, which is given us, a knowing of the world, the fullness and the glory of all knowing. And not our acceptance of it is bad; the bad thing is that most people misuse and squander this experience and apply it as a stimulant at the tired spots of their lives and as distraction instead of a rallying toward exalted moments.

Category: Pleasure

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.

Category: Poetry And Poets