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Be Modest Now

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“Through the empty branches the sky remains.

It is what you have.

Be earth now, and evensong.

Be the ground lying under that sky.

Be modest now,

like a thing ripened until it is real,

so that He who began it all

can feel you when he reaches for you.”

Rilke

There is no force in the world but LOVE

“There is no force in the world but LOVE,

and when you carry it within you,

if you simply have it,

even if you remain baffled as to how to use it,

it will work its radiant effects and help you out of and beyond yourself:

one must never lose this belief,

one must simply endure it!”

– Rainer Maria Rilke

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Love Among The Ruins (detail)

Never Despair

One must never despair upon losing something, whether it is an individual or an experience of joy or happiness; everything returns even more magnificently.

What has to decline, declines; what belongs to us, stays with us, for everything works according to laws that are greater than our capacity for understanding and that only seem to contradict us.

You have to live within yourself and think of all life, all of its millions of possibilities, openings, and futures, in relation to which there exists nothing that is past or has been lost.

—Rainer Maria Rilke

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Live within yourself

“One must never despair upon losing something, whether it is an individual or an experience of joy or happiness; everything works according to laws that are greater than our capacity for understanding and that only seem to contradict us.

You have to live within yourself and think of all of life, all of its millions of possibilities, openings, and futures in relation to which there exists nothing that is past or has been lost.”

Rilke

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How should we forget …

How should we forget those ancient myths that are the beginnings of all peoples,

the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses;

perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us

once beautiful and brave.

Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.

~Rainer Maria Rilke
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