Sounding the depths of our being

For it is not only indolence that causes human relationships to be repeated from case to case with such unspeakable monotony and boredom; it is timidity before any new, inconceivable experience, which we don’t think we can deal with. But only someone who is ready for everything, who doesn’t exclude any experience, even the most incomprehensible, will live the relationship with another person as something alive and will himself sound the depths of his own being.

–Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (1929)

Blog is on an (at least) 10 day hiatus while I am vacationing in Turkey. İyi yolculuklar (Happy travels).

Photo is from the New York Times “Why We Travel” 2010 gallery.

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One thought on “Sounding the depths of our being

  1. UM March 10, 2011 / 2:32 pm

    That is a tall order: ready for anything.

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