Rilke to a Young Poet–For My Students

You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can, dear sir, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are 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 answers.

4 responses

      • very good I think this was in someways also Wittgenstein’s project , I’m wrestling with how we sort out the mysteries from the problems and would welcome any suggestions along these lines.

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