Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes & Wallpapers

Rainer Maria Rilke
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Always trust yourself and your own feelings, as opposed to arguments and discussions. If it turns out that you are wrong, then the natural growth of your inner life will eventually guide you to other insights. Rainer Maria Rilke

Of all my books, I find only a few indispensible. Rainer Maria Rilke

Love the questions, themselves. Rainer Maria Rilke

Earth, is not this what you will: in us to rise up invisible? Is it, O Earth, not your dream once to be wholly invisible? Earth! Invisible! What, if not change, is your desperate mission? Rainer Maria Rilke

You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born. Rainer Maria Rilke

For bel.i.eve me, the more one is, the richer is all one experiences. And whoever wants to have deep love in his life must collect and save for it and gather honey. Rainer Maria Rilke

Perhaps the great renewal of the world will consist of this, that man and woman, freed of all confused feelings and desires, shall no longer seek each other as opposites, but simply as members of a family and neighbors, and will unite as human beings, in order to simply, earnestly, patiently, and jointly bear the heavy responsibility of sexuality that has been entrusted to them. Rainer Maria Rilke

Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confidence in the storms of spring without fear that after them may come no summer Rainer Maria Rilke

And when suddenly the god stopped her and, with anguish in his cry, uttered the words: "He has turned round" - she comprehended nothing and said softly: "Who? Rainer Maria Rilke

You life will find its own paths... and that they be good, rich, and wide is what I wish for you, more than I can say. Rainer Maria Rilke

Perhaps everything terrifying is deep down a helpless thing that needs our help. Rainer Maria Rilke

The point is to live everything. Rainer Maria Rilke

No, no, one can imagine nothing in the world, not the least thing. Everything is composed of so many isolated details that are not to be foreseen. In one's imagining one passes over them and hasty as one is doesn't notice that they are missing. But realities are slow and indescribably detailed. Rainer Maria Rilke

You darkness, that I come from, I love you more than all the fires that fence in the world. Rainer Maria Rilke

Go into yourself. Dig into yourself for a deep answer Rainer Maria Rilke

Nothing strange should befall us, but only that which has long belonged to us. We will gradually learn to realize that that which we call destiny goes forth from within people, not from without into them. Rainer Maria Rilke

The artist's task consists of making one thing of many, and a world from the smallest part of a thing. Rainer Maria Rilke

Draw near to Nature. Then try like some first human being to say what you see and experience and love and lose. Rainer Maria Rilke

Look, we don't love like flowers with only one season behind us; when we love, a sap older than memory rises in our arms. Rainer Maria Rilke

Beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we still are just able to endure, and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate us. Every angel is terrifying. Rainer Maria Rilke

There are quantities of human faces, but there are many more faces, for each person has several. Rainer Maria Rilke

Whoever you are, go out into the evening, leaving your room, of which you know every bit; your house is the last before the infinite, whoever you are. Rainer Maria Rilke

And you should not let yourself be confused in your solitude by the fact that there is something in you that wants to move out of it. Rainer Maria Rilke

One had to take some action against fear when once it laid hold of one. Rainer Maria Rilke

Your doubt can become a good quality if you train it. It must become knowing, it must become criticism. Rainer Maria Rilke

Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depth of your heart; confess to yourself you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. Rainer Maria Rilke

Every angel is terrifying. Rainer Maria Rilke

Our deepest fears are like dragons, guarding our deepest treasure. Rainer Maria Rilke

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart... Rainer Maria Rilke

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. Rainer Maria Rilke

If, when you wake up in the morning, you can think of nothing but writing . . . then you are a writer. Rainer Maria Rilke

Quiet friend who has come so far, feel how your breathing makes more space around you. Let this darkness be a bell tower and you the bell. As you ring, what batters you becomes your strength. Move back and forth into the change. What is it like, such intensity of pain? If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine. In this uncontainable night, be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses, the meaning discovered there. And if the world has ceased to hear you, say to the silent earth: I flow. To the rushing water, speak: I am. Rainer Maria Rilke

Be, in this immensity of night, the magic force at your sense's crossroad... Rainer Maria Rilke

Perhaps creating something is nothing but an act of profound remembrance. Rainer Maria Rilke

You must realise that something is happening to you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Rainer Maria Rilke

Do you remember how life yearned out of childhood toward the "great thing?" I see that it is now yearning forth beyond the great thing toward the greater one. Rainer Maria Rilke

God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. Rainer Maria Rilke

Our task is to listen to the news that is always arriving out of silence. Rainer Maria Rilke

No one can advise and help you, no one. There is only one way: go within. Rainer Maria Rilke

Someday you will name me, then gently place those burning holy roses in my hair. Rainer Maria Rilke

And when suddenly the god stopped her and, with anguish in his cry, uttered the words: 'He has turned round' - she comprehended nothing and said softly: 'Who? Rainer Maria Rilke

You, darkness, of whom I am born- I love you more than the flame that limits the world to the circle it illumines and excludes the rest. Rainer Maria Rilke

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. Rainer Maria Rilke

She who reconciles the ill-matched threads Of her life, and weaves them gratefully Into a single cloth - It's she who drives the loudmouths from the hall And clears it for a different celebration. Rainer Maria Rilke

The highest form of love is to be the protector of another person's solitude. Rainer Maria Rilke

There are quite a number of people in the reading-room; but one is not aware of them. They are inside the books. They move, sometimes, within the pages like sleepers turning over between two dreams. Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading. Rainer Maria Rilke

She followed slowly, taking a long time, As though there were some obstacles in the way; And yet: as though, once it was overcome, She would be beyond all walking, and would fly. Rainer Maria Rilke

Everything is gestation and then birthing. Rainer Maria Rilke

We make our way through Everything like thread passing through fabric, giving shape to images that we ourselves do not know. Rainer Maria Rilke

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. Rainer Maria Rilke

Fame, that public destruction of one in process of becoming, into whose building-ground the mob breaks, displacing his stones. Rainer Maria Rilke

Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and great each other. Rainer Maria Rilke

We ignore the gods and fill our minds with trash. Rainer Maria Rilke

Sometime we will have to stop overevaluating the word. We shall learn to realize that it is only one of the many bridges that connect the island of our soul with the great continent of common life. . . the broadest, perhaps, but in no way the most refined. Rainer Maria Rilke

Just as the creative artist is not allowed to choose, neither is he permitted to turn his back on anything: a single refusal, and he is cast out of the state of grace and becomes sinful all the way through. Rainer Maria Rilke

Understand, I'll slip quietly away from the noisy crowd when I see the pale stars rising, blooming, over the oaks. I'll pursue solitary pathways through the pale twilit meadows with only this one dream: You come too. Rainer Maria Rilke

What batters you becomes your strength. Rainer Maria Rilke

All feelings that concentrate you and lift you up are pure; only that feeling is impure which grasps just one side of your being and thus distorts you. Everything you can think of as you face your childhood, is good. Everything that makes more of you than you have ever been, even in your best hours, is right. Every intensification is good, if it is in your entire blood, if it isn't intoxication or muddiness, but joy which you can see into, clear to the bottom. Rainer Maria Rilke

My art is representational by choice....if the art of painting is to survive, it must describe and express people, their lives and times. It must communicate. Rainer Maria Rilke

Love the questions themselves...Live the questions now and have confidence that someday far into the future, [I will live my] way into the answer. Rainer Maria Rilke

But you, divine poet, you sang on till the end as the swarm of rejected maenads attacked you, shrieking, you overpowered their noise with harmony, and from pure destruction arose your transfigured song. Rainer Maria Rilke

Only the individual who is solitary is like a thing placed under profound laws, and when he goes out into the morning that is just beginning, or looks out into the evening that is full of happening, and if he feels what is going on there, then all status drops from him as from a dead man, though he stands in the midst of sheer life. Rainer Maria Rilke

Rose, oh pure contradiction, joy of being No-one's sleep under so many lids. Rainer Maria Rilke

And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been Rainer Maria Rilke

How can I keep my soul in me, so that it doesn't touch your soul? How can I raise it high enough, past you, to other things? Rainer Maria Rilke

No one can advise or help you - no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write, find out wether it spreading out its root in the deepest places of your heart...Delve into yourself for a deep answer Rainer Maria Rilke

a kind of memory that tells us that what we're now striving for was once nearer and truer and attached to us with infinite tenderness. Here all is distance, there it was breath. After the first home the second one seems draughty and strangely sexed. Rainer Maria Rilke

And these things that keep alive on departure know that you praise them; transient, they look to us, the most transient, to be their rescue. They want us to change them completely, in our invisible hearts, into - O endlessly - us! Whoever, finally, we may be. Rainer Maria Rilke

But suppose the endlessly dead were to wake in us some emblem: they might point to the catkins hanging from the empty hazel trees, or direct us to the rain descending on black earth in early spring. - And we, who always think of happiness rising, would feel the emotion that almost baffles us when a happy thing falls. Rainer Maria Rilke

Why don't you think of [God] as the one who is coming, who has been approaching from all eternity... the ultimate fruit of a tree whose leaves we are. Rainer Maria Rilke

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