Try to Love the Questions Themselves

Try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now.

– Rainer Marie Rilke, 1903.

From Letters to a Young Poet, 1927.

This quote tumbled around my mind as I wrote the chapter of After the Storm that will be published tomorrow.

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  1. This is one of my favourite Rilke quotes – and so perfectly fits my own philosophy of life. I need the answers far less than the questions, which open me to the world in ever-renewing ways.

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