"You have to live life to the limit, not according to each day but
by plumbing its depth."
-RAINER MARIA RILKE
In this treasury of uncommon wisdom and spiritual insight, " "the
best writings and personal philosophies of one of the twentieth
century's greatest poets, Rainer Maria Rilke, are gleaned by Ulrich
Baer from thousands of pages of never-before translated
The result is a profound vision of how the human drive to create
and understand can guide us in every facet of life. Arranged by
theme-from everyday existence with others to the exhilarations of
love and the experience of loss, from dealing with adversity to the
nature of inspiration, here are Rilke's thoughts on how to live
life in a meaningful way:
"Life and Living: ""How good life is. How fair, how incorruptible,
how impossible to deceive: not even by strength, not even by
willpower, and not even by courage. How everything remains what it
is and has only this choice: to come true, or to exaggerate and
push too far."
"Art: " "The work of art is adjustment, balance, reassurance. It
can be neither gloomy nor full of rosy hopes, for its essence
consists of justice."
"Faith: " "I personally feel a greater affinity to all those
religions in which the middleman is less essential or almost
"Love: " "To be loved means to be ablaze. To love is: to shine with
inexhaustible oil. To be loved is to pass away; to love is to
Intimate, stylistically masterful, brilliantly translated, and
brimming with the wonder and passion of Rilke, "The Poet's Guide to
Life" is comparable to the best works of wisdom in all of
literature and a perfect book for all occasions.
"From the Hardcover edition."
Modern Library Inc
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