Love the Solitude

24 Oct

Much that may one day be possible can already be prepared by the solitary individual, and built with his own hands which make fewer mistakes. Therefore love your solitude and bear the pain of it without self-pity. The distance you feel from those around you should trouble you no more than your distance from the farthest stars. Be glad that you are growing, and realize that you cannot take anyone with you; be gentle with those who stay behind. Be confident and calm before them, and don’t torment them with your doubts or distress them with your ambitions which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Find in a true and simple way what you have in common with them, which does not need to change when you yourself change and change again. When you see them, love life in a form that is not your own, and be kind to all the people who are afraid of their aloneness.

Rainer Maria Rilke
Letters to a Young Poet
Worpswede, July 16, 1903
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2 Responses to “Love the Solitude”

  1. Piia 02/11/2011 at 09:43 #

    You know I’ve loved Rilke for more than twenty years now, I have a book of poetry by him, Duineser Elegien, all dogeared by now and if you haven’t seen it already, do take a look. 🙂

    • l0ve0utl0ud 03/11/2011 at 21:03 #

      I discovered Rilke last year, whilst working at my bookshop. I have “A year with Rilke” and will take a look at the book you recommended, too.

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