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Letters to a Young Poet Quotes

25 of the best book quotes from Letters to a Young Poet
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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.
Rainer Maria Rilke
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Letters to a Young Poet
book
Fritz Robinson
character
love
individuality
emotional distance
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Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.
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The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries.
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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.
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Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you?
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Be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind.
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Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage.
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Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away.
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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.
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If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.
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I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.
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Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart.
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Don’t be too quick to draw conclusions from what happens to you; simply let it happen.
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To love is good, too: love being difficult.
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Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
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Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
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Only someone who is ready for everything, who doesn’t exclude any experience, even the most incomprehensible, will live the relationship with another person as something alive and will himself sound the depths of his own being.
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For to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.
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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.
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Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers.
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Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them.
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Love is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become world for himself for another’s sake, it is a great exacting claim upon him, something that chooses him out and calls him to vast things.
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But your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.
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The only sadnesses that are dangerous and unhealthy are the ones that we carry around in public in order to drown them out with the noise.
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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.

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