A Favorite Quote
"......have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and
.....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,
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.
Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it,
live your way into the answer."
I love this quote :-) I've always collected quotes that resonate for me, I wrote this one down in college. I have never really settled on one place to keep all these quotes, so I'm often finding something written on a post-it note, or a torn sheet of paper or the back of a phone message. And these bits are scattered in folders that I haven't looked at in years. It's interesting to me to see which quotes are in which folders, trying to remember what about that time in my life made a particular quote stand out.
For this Rilke quote, I remember it was an especially confusing time in my life, approaching graduation and not having a clear way forward. A friend gave me this quote and I loved it. And I also remember that I felt frustrated by it, what does that mean, live your way into the answer??? Just tell me and then I'll relax! :-) But reading it now, I can see the wisdom of it even more than I could then. And I still love it. And it doesn't feel frustrating anymore. It just feels true.
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