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Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes

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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

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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

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And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.

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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

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

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When I saw others straining toward God, I did not understand it, for though I may have had him less than they did, there was no one blocking the way between him and me, and I could reach his heart easily. It is up to him, after all, to have us, our part consists of almost solely in letting him grasp us.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

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And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

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The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.

– Rainer Maria Rilke