Thursday, March 8, 2012


We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors, they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abysses belong to us; are dangers at hand, we must try to love them. And if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful. How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us. -- Rainer Maria Rilke

1 comment:

  1. How splendid to find someone quoting Rilke on their blog. Clearly a cut above...

    I find your writings on retirement most educational. As I am myself approaching that watershed I am eager to learn from others' experiences.

    Thank you.