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Quotes of the Day for 4 December 2002 – Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke was born at Prague (then the capital of Bohemia) on this day in 1875. To compensate for the earlier loss of a daughter, his mother made him wear girls' clothing until he was five. After his parents separated, his father sent him to military academies, which didn't work out, then to business school. After the tensions of his youth, he became a poet. These selections from his prose probably need to be read slowly, maybe twice.

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The quotes:

Do continue to believe that with your feeling 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.

For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

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.

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love; the more they give, the more they possess.

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will find them gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
     - Rainer Maria Rilke, 1875 - 1926


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