65 Motivational Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes on Success in Life

René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke, better known as Rainer Maria Rilke, was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist. He is “widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets”. He wrote both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke’s work as “mystical”.This motivational Rainer Maria Rilke quotes on nature, death, the question will motivate you.

Best Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes

  1. Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  2. God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing. Embody me. Flare-up like a flame and make big shadows I can move in. Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Don’t let yourself lose me. Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its seriousness. Give me your hand. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes
  3. Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  4. The highest form of love is to be the protector of another person’s solitude.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  5. I am so glad you are here. It helps me realize how beautiful my world is.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  6. Go into yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows.~ Rainer Maria Rilke

  7. Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.~ Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes
  8. Just keep going – no feeling is final.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  9. Right in the difficult, we must have our joys, our happiness, our dreams: there against the depth of this background, they stand out, there for the first time we see how beautiful they are.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  10. Perhaps somewhere, someplace deep inside your being, you have undergone important changes while you were sad.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  11. Since I’ve learned to be silent, everything has come so much closer to me.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  12. If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  13. I would like to beg of you, dear friend, as well as I can, to have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  14. It is a question of experiencing everything.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  15. Life – a sexually transmitted terminal condition.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  16. Is not impermanence the very fragrance of our days?~ Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes
  17. Our deepest fears are like dragons, guarding our deepest treasure.

  18. Where something becomes extremely difficult and unbearable, there we also stand always already quite near its transformation.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  19. Let everything happen to you Beauty and terror Just keep going No feeling is final~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  20. Don’t take my devils away, because my angels may flee too.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  21. Think… of the world you carry within you, and call this thinking whatever you want to: a remembering of your own childhood or a yearning toward a future of your own – only be attentive to what is arising within you, and place that above everything you perceive around you. What is happening in your innermost self is worthy of your entire love; somehow you must find a way to work at it.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  22. When anxious, uneasy, and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  23. I am circling around God, around the ancient tower, and I have been circling for a thousand years, and I still don’t know if I am a falcon, or a storm, or a great song.~ Rainer Maria Rilke

  24. This is in the end the only kind of courage that is required of us: the courage to face the strangest, most unusual, most inexplicable experiences that can meet us.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  25. Quiet friend who has come so far, feel how your breathing makes more space around you. Let this darkness be a bell tower and you the bell. As you ring, what batters you becomes your strength. Move back and forth into the change. What is it like, such intensity of pain? If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine. In this uncontainable night, be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses, the meaning discovered there. And if the world has ceased to hear you, say to the silent earth: I flow. To the rushing water, speak: I am.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  26. and I circle ten thousand years long; And I still don’t know if I’m a falcon, a storm, or an unfinished song
    I want to unfold. Let no place in me hold itself closed, for where I am closed, I am false.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  27. Understand, I’ll slip quietly away from the noisy crowd when I see the pale stars rising, blooming, over the oaks. I’ll pursue solitary pathways through the pale twilit meadows with only this one dream: You come too.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  28. Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  29. Always trust yourself and your own feelings, as opposed to arguments and discussions. If it turns out that you are wrong, then the natural growth of your inner life will eventually guide you to other insights.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  30. Be, in this immensity of night, the magic force at your sense’s crossroad.

  31. Perhaps creating something is nothing but an act of profound remembrance.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  32. Be of good courage all is before you, and time passed in the difficult is never lost…What is required of us is that we live difficultly and learn to deal with it. In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  33. Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  34. It is clear that we must embrace the struggle. Every living thing conforms to it. Everything in nature grows and struggles in its own way, establishing its own identity, insisting on it at all costs, against all resistance.~ Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes
  35. But your solitude will be a support and a home for you, even in the midst of very unfamiliar circumstances, and from it you will find all your paths.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  36. This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess.
    The only journey is the one within.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  37. This is what the things can teach us: to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  38. The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.~ Rainer Maria Rilke

  39. To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. Love is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become world for himself for another’s sake, it is a great exacting claim upon him, something that chooses him out and calls him to vast things.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  40. Do not assume that he who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life may also have much sadness and difficulty, that remains far beyond yours.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  41. Were it otherwise, he would never have been able to find these words.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  42. Who speaks of conquering? To endure is everything.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  43. We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  44. Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Do not despair if the answers don’t come immediately. Some answers are only revealed with the passage of time.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  45. The quieter we are, the more patient and open we are in our sadnesses, the more deeply and serenely the new presence can enter us, and the more we can make it our own, the more it becomes our fate.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  46. For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  47. If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  48. The point is to live everything. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

  49. You must give birth to your images. They are the future waiting to be born.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  50. “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  51. It is always what I have already said: always the wish that you may find patience enough in yourself to endure, and simplicity enough to believe; that you may acquire more and more confidence in that which is difficult, and in your solitude among others. And for the rest, let life happen to you. Believe me: life is right, in any case.~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  52. “I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  53. “All companionship can consist in only the strengthening of neighboring solitudes, giving oneself is by nature harmful to companionship: for when a person abandons himself, he is no longer anything, and when two people both give themselves up in order to become closer to each other, there is no longer any ground beneath them and their being together is a continual falling – I have learned over and over again, there is scarcely anything more difficult than to love one another.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  54. “Don’t observe yourself too closely. Don’t be too quick to draw conclusions from what happens to you; simply let it happen.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

  55. “It seems to me that the only way one can be helpful is to extend one’s hand to someone else involuntarily, and without ever knowing how useful this will be.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  56. “He does not always remain bent over the pages; he often leans back and closes his eyes over a line he has been reading again, and its meaning spreads through his blood.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  57. “You have had many sadnesses, large ones, which passed. … But please, ask yourself whether these large sadnesses haven’t rather gone right through you [that is, passed through you]. Perhaps many things inside you have been transformed; perhaps somewhere, someplace deep inside your being, you have undergone important changes while you were sad.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  58. “Don’t be too quick to draw conclusions from what happens to you; simply let it happen. Otherwise, it will be too easy for you to look with blame… at your past, which naturally has a share with everything that now meets you.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  59. “Again and again in history, some people wake up. They have no ground in the crowd and move to broader deeper laws. They carry strange customs with them and demand room for bold and audacious action. The future speaks ruthlessly through them. They change the world.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes
  60. “And isn’t the whole world yours? For how often you set it on fire with your love and saw it blaze and burn up and secretly replaced it with another world while everyone slept. You felt in such complete harmony with God, when every morning you asked him for a new earth, so that all the ones he had made could have their turn. You thought it would be shabby to save them and repair them; you used them up and held out your hands, again and again, for more world. For your love was equal to everything.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  61. “And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

  62. “The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  63. “Keep growing quietly and seriously throughout your whole development; you cannot disturb it more rudely than by looking outward and expecting from outside replies to questions that only your inmost feeling in your most hushed hour can perhaps answer.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  64. “One moment your life is a stone in you, and the next moment a star!” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
  65. “Your preparation for the real world is not in the answers you’ve learned, but in the questions, you’ve learned how to ask yourself.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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