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The only journey is the one within.
– Rainer Maria Rilke
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.
And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.
Truly to sing, that is a different breath.
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.
There are so many things about which some old man ought to tell one while one is little; for when one is grown one would know them as a matter of course.
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.
One had to take some action against fear when once it laid hold of one.
Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
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.
The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.
Who has not sat before his own heart’s curtain? It lifts: and the scenery is falling apart.
He reproduced himself with so much humble objectivity, with the unquestioning, matter of fact interest of a dog who sees himself in a mirror and thinks: there’s another dog.
I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.
This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess.
Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.
The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.
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.
Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.
There may be good, but there are no pleasant marriages.
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.
Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.
Love is like the measles. The older you get it, the worse the attack.
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.