Random Page: Letters on Life

by Lindy

An inspirational excerpt from Rainer Maria Rilke’s book, Letters on Life, that I stumbled upon today:

What one writes as a very young person is of no significance whatsoever, just as what else one embarks on has almost no significance.  Even the apparently most useless diversions can be a pretext for an inner focusing; one’s nature might even instinctively seize such activities to turn the controlling observation and attention of a curious intellect away from those mental processes that wish to remain unrecognized.  One may do anything; only this corresponds to the full scope of life.  But one ought to be certain that nothing is done out of opposition, to defy obstructing circumstances, while thinking of others, or based on some kind of ambition.  You must be certain that you are acting out of pleasure, strength, courage, or a sheer sense of abandon: that you have to act this way.

Letters on Life (New Prose Translations), by Rainer Maria Rilke


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