Letters to a Young Poet - Rilke

Letters to a Young Poet
Rainer Maria Rilke

This above all — ask yourself in the stillest hour of your night: must I write? Delve into yourself for a deep answer. And if this should be affirmative, if you may meet this earnest question with a strong and simple ‘I must,’ then build your life according to this necessity; your life even into its most indifferent and slightest hour must be a sign of this urge and a testimony to it.”

“A work of art is good if it has sprung from necessity. In this nature of its origin lies the judgment of it: there is no other.”

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