Rainer Maria Rilke on Love

caca4-img_2044Rainer Maria Rilke (December 4, 1875–December 29, 1926)

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. For, if it lies in the nature of indifference and of the crowd to recognize no solitude, then love and friendship are there for the purpose of continually providing the opportunity for solitude. And only those are the true sharings which rhythmically interrupt periods of deep isolation.

Rainer Maria Rilke On Death

681a1-img_4313Rainer Maria Rilke (December 04, 1875 – December 29, 1926)

The great secret of death, and perhaps its deepest connection with us, is this: that, in taking from us a being we have loved and venerated, death does not wound us without, at the same time, lifting us toward a more perfect understanding of this being and of ourselves…

I am not saying that we should love death, but rather that we should love life so generously, without picking and choosing, that we automatically include it (life’s other half) in our love. This is what actually happens in the great expansiveness of love, which cannot be stopped or constricted. It is only because we exclude it that death becomes more and more foreign to us and, ultimately, our enemy…

It is conceivable that death is infinitely closer to us than life itself… What do we know of it?

Rainer Maria Rilke On Love

   Rainer Maria Rilke   (December 04, 1875 – December 29, 1926)
Rainer Maria Rilke (December 04, 1875 – December 29, 1926)

To love is good, too: love being difficult. 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. Love is at first not anything that means merging, giving over, and uniting with another (for what would a union be of something unclarified and unfinished, – still subordinate?  It is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become world, 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.

Rainer Maria Rilke On Listening

   Rainer Maria Rilke   (December 04, 1875 – December 29, 1926)
Rainer Maria Rilke (December 04, 1875 – December 29, 1926)

If a thing is to speak to you, you must regard it for a certain time as the only one that exists, as the one and only phenomenon, which, thanks to your laborious and exclusive love, is one placed at the center of the Universe, and there, in that incomparable place, is this day attended by the Angels.