Letters To a Young Poet
translated by Steven Mitchell
courtesy of http://www.sfgoth.com/~immanis/rilke/letter1.html

  • Letter 1 "...ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write?"
  • Letter 2 "Irony: Don't let yourself be controlled by it, especially during uncreative moments."
  • Letter 3 "I learn it every day of my life, learn it with pain I am grateful for: patience is everything!"
  • Letter 4 "...try to love the questions themselves... books written in a very foreign language."
  • Letter 5 "...there is much beauty here, because everywhere there is much beauty."
  • Letter 6 "...there is only one solitude, and it is vast, heavy, difficult to bear..."
  • Letter 7 "...that something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it."
  • Letter 8 "...ask yourself whether these large sadnesses haven't rather gone right through you..."
  • Letter 9 "...that you may find in yourself enough patience to endure and enough simplicity to have faith..."
  • Letter 10 "Art too is just a way of living..."