Go Inside Yourself ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke, 1875 – 1926

Today, December 4, is the anniversary of the birth of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Here then, are some of his words to a young poet…

“Go inside yourself. Explore the reason that compels you to write; test whether it stretches its roots into the deepest part of your heart, admit to yourself whether you would have to die if the opportunity to write were withheld from you. Above all else, ask yourself at your most silent hour of night: must I write? ” -Rainer Maria Rilke

Thanks for reading! -PMc←


2 Replies to “Go Inside Yourself ~ Rainer Maria Rilke”

  1. Wise words. As you know, I have done this deep soul-searching. I am a low-energy person and doubt I’d be a writer if I had a choice, but for me, the answer is definitely, “yes, I must.”

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