All the Dragons of Our Lives Are Princesses (Rainer Maria Rilke)
We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors, they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abysses belong to us; are dangers at hand, we must try to love them. … How should we be able to forget those ancient myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
—LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET
This book is killing me it’s so good. It confounds me and inspires me that people this wise have lived in the world. If I ever grow up, I want to be as smart as Rainer Maria Rilke.
Letters to a Young Poet is a book for a new year. Fifty-eight pages. Ten letters. Each letter, page, paragraph is a marvel.
2013, the year of beauty and bravery, yours and mine. May we both step up to the challenge.