Happy Birthday, Rainer Maria Rilke

Born in Prague on December 4, 1875.

 via here.

Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. (as translated by Stephen Mitchell)
from Letter Four (16 July 1903), Letters to a Young Poet

(sorry, couldn't resist.) 

(And a confession: when I was in high school, I thought Rilke was a woman.)

1 comment:

  1. hahaha I bet Heidegger would have loved to sport this one. (sorry it's a nerdy comment, I've been writing on Heidegger's writing on poetry lately)