Newsletter: Quotes from Letters to a Young Poet

Today, a brief newsletter containing just a couple of Rainer Maria Rilke quotes, extracted from the marvelous Letters to a Young Poet.

<< Have patience towards everything that is unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms or like books that are written in a remote foreign language. Do not search now for answers that cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. And everything has to be lived. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually live your way, without noticing, into the answers one day. >>

 << People have, with the aid of conventions, resolved everything according to what is easy and the easiest aspect of the easy, but it is evident that we must persist with what is difficult; everything alive persists with it, everything in nature that grows and defends itself in its own way and is something unique in itself, strives at all costs and against all resistance to be so. We know little, but one certainty that will never abandon us is that we must persist with that which is difficult; it is good to be alone, for solitude is difficult. The fact that something is difficult must be further reason for us to do it. >>

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