Rilke on Love

“It is also good to love: because love is difficult. For one human being to love
another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been
entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all
other work is merely preparation. That is why young people, who are beginners
in everything, are not yet capable of love: it is something they must learn. With
their whole being, with all their forces, gathered around their solitary, anxious,
upward-beating heart, they must learn to love”


 But this is what young people are so often and so disastrously wrong in doing
they (who by their very nature are impatient) fling themselves at each other when
love takes hold of them, they scatter themselves, just as they are, in all their
messiness, disorder, bewilderment. . . . : And what can happen then? What can
life do with this heap of half-broken things that they call their communion and
that they would like to call their happiness, if that were possible, and their future?
And so each of them loses himself for the sake of the other person, and loses the
other, and many others who still wanted to come


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