Sunday, July 13, 2008


"I worked hard. Anyone who works as hard as I did can achieve the same results." --- Johann Sebastian Bach

"One would have to wait and plunder a whole life, if possible a long life; finally, after that, perhaps one would know how to write the ten lines that would be good. This is because verses are not, as some believe, feelings (they are always had too soon)... they are experiences. To write a single verse it's necessary [...] to have lived." --- From "The notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge", by Rainer Maria Rilke.

"He became silent for a moment and repeated, in a wonderfully serious attitude: 'It is necessary to work, nothing else than to work. And one has to have patience'." --- letter from Rainer Maria Rilke to Clara Rilke, 9/5/1902.

"I did not go to you just to write a study. I arrived to ask you 'How should life be lived?'. And you answered: 'working' [...] what you say: 'work and patience'." --- letter from Clara Rilke to Rodin, 9/11/1902.

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