Saturday, April 07, 2007

Letters to a young poet

Also in the same vein as yesterday is Rilke's advice to a young poet. I like this piece of advice about answering life's questions:

"You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can, dear sir, to be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a foreign tongue. Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them."


and when it comes to difficult things:

"But they are difficult things with which we have been charged; almost everything serious is difficult, and everything is serious."

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