Rainer Maria Rilke

René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926)—better known as Rainer Maria Rilke (German: [ˈʁaɪnɐ maˈʁiːa ˈʁɪlkə])—was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets", writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as inherently "mystical". His writings include one novel, several collections of poetry, and several volumes of correspondence in which he invokes haunting images that focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety. These deeply existential themes tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist writers. Rilke was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, travelled extensively throughout Europe, including Russia, Spain, Germany, Fr... More

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Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes

Rainer Maria Rilke #Alone

I want to be with those who know secret things or else alone.
Rainer Maria Rilke #Art #Great

No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger.
Rainer Maria Rilke #Art #Experience

Surely all art is the result of one's having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further.
Rainer Maria Rilke #Experience

The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing.
Rainer Maria Rilke #Work

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.
Rainer Maria Rilke #Love

Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
Rainer Maria Rilke #Love #Work

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.
Rainer Maria Rilke #Love #Time

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess.
Rainer Maria Rilke #Marriage

More belongs to marriage than four legs in a bed.
Rainer Maria Rilke #Nature

Everything is blooming most recklessly if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
Rainer Maria Rilke #Fear

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

A person isn't who they are during the last conversation you had with them - they're who they've been throughout your whole relationship.
Rainer Maria Rilke #Future

The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.
Rainer Maria Rilke #Love

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.