It Must Be Good to Be Old – Rilke (Quote)

And you have nobody and nothing, and you travel through the world with a trunk and a carton of books and truly without curiosity. What kind of life is this: without a house, without inherited Things, without dogs. If at least you had memories. But who has them? If childhood were there: it is as though it had been buried. Perhaps you must be old before you can reach all that. I think it must be good to be old.

Rainer Maria Rilke: The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. Translated by Stephen Mitchell.

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I Don’t Want To Write Letters – Rilke (Quote)

Portrait of Rainer Maria Rilke by Leonid Pasternak

[Portrait of Rainer Maria Rilke by Leonid Pasternak]

And I don’t want to write anymore letters. What’s the use of telling someone I’m changing? If I’m no longer who I was; and if I’m something else, it’s obvious that I have no acquaintances. And I can’t possibly write to strangers.

Rainer Maria Rilke: The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. Translated by Stephen Mitchell