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Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes and Sayings

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Our deepest fears are like dragons
guarding our deepest treasure.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Fear

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

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

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

 

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

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

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

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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.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Who has not sat before his own heart's curtain? It lifts:
and the scenery is falling apart.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

He reproduced himself with so much humble objectivity,
with the unquestioning, matter of fact interest of
a dog who sees himself in a mirror and thinks:
there's another dog.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

I have never been aware before how many faces there are.
There are quantities of human beings,
but there are many more faces, for each person has several.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being
something helpless that wants help from us.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people:
that each protects the solitude of the other.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

There may be good, but there are no pleasant marriages.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

There are so many things about which some old man ought
to tell one while one is little;
for when one is grown one would know them as a matter of course.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up;
that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of
your being and so distorts you.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it,
you will live along some distant day into your answers.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

The only journey is the one within.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Let life happen to you.
Believe me: life is in the right, always.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

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

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.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Love is like the measles.
The older you get it, the worse the attack.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

It is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult;
that something is difficult must be a reason the more for us to do it.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

There are no classes in life for beginners;
right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Spring has returned.
The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Truly to sing, that is a different breath.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses
who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

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

It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything.
I am not able to begin.
I simply skip what should be the beginning.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

There are quantities of human faces,
but there are many more faces,
for each person has several.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

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

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

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us dwells in a cathedral of our own BEing
that is created vast enough to encompass Unity with all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The opposite of courage in our society
is not cowardice, it is conformity.
- Rollo May

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus

All our dreams can come true,
if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney

Through our own recovered innocence
we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all have our thorns. We, and Life, have our moments.
Life occurs before our morning coffee.
Life occurs in our bathrobe with our hair uncombed.
Bless and give thanks for All of Life - the bloom and the thorns.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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