Thursday, October 13, 2005
Rilke on Relationship
"For it is not only indolence that causes human relationships to be repeated from case to case with such unspeakable monotony and boredom; it is timidity before any new, inconceivable experience, which we don't think we can deal with. But only someone who is ready for everything, who doesn't exclude any experience, even the most incomprehensible, will live the relationship with another person as something alive and will himself sound the depths of his own being."
Something classic from Austro-German lyric poet Rainer Rilke (1875-1926), his Letters to a Young Poet. If you don't know this book, go find it and read it now. It offers profound insights into who we are as human beings, into love, solitude, art, religion, and so much more. It's one of our favorites.
Read more Rilke letters here.