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Category: quotes

“I am your own
way of looking at things,” she said. “When
you allow me to live with you, every
glance at the world around you will be
a sort of salvation.”

William Stafford, from When I Met My Muse

Distracted by each day’s doing,
how can we hear the signals?

~ Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus
in A Year With Rilke, February 23

Unsayable

Things are not nearly so comprehensible and sayable as we are generally made to believe. Most experiences are unsayable; they come to fullness in a realm that words do not inhabit. ~ Rilke,…

Whatever We Do

Whatever we do, we should never think it is irrelevant; whatever we do, we should not conclude it is so important either. Between those two poles find your balance; between those two regions…

Fragment by Fragment

There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like…

Everything Matters

The tasks that have been entrusted to us are often difficult. Almost everything that matters is difficult, and everything matters. ~ Rilke

Where Everything Is Known

Step out of the room where everything is known. ~ Rilke

Rilke on Praise

Let us disappear into praising. Nothing belongs to us. ~ Rilke, Uncollected Poems (from January 10, A Year with Rilke)

6 Quotes on Attention

Although beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, the feeling of being beautiful exists solely in the mind of the beheld ~ Martha Beck Take time to see the quiet miracles…