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Rilke on What It Really Means to Love:

"The human journey has always been marked by our quest to understand love in order to reap its fruits. We have captured that ever-shifting understanding in some breathtakingly beautiful definitions.

There is Susan Sontag, who marveled in her diary: “Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.”

There is Tom Stoppard, who captured its living substance in a most memorable soliloquy.

There is Anaïs Nin, whose wisdom on love knew no bounds, in A Literate Passion: Letters of Anaïs Nin & Henry Miller: "What is love but acceptance of the other, whatever he is."

There is Vladimir Nabokov, who defined it over and over in a lifetime of letters to his wife.

But no formulation eclipses the luminous poetic precision of Rainer Maria Rilke in a passage from the classic Letters to a Young Poet.

" To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. For this reason young people, who are beginners in everything, cannot yet know love: they have to learn it. With their whole being, with all their forces, gathered close about their lonely, timid, upward-beating heart, they must learn to love. But learning-time is always a long, secluded time, and so loving, for a long while ahead and far on into life, is — solitude, intensified and deepened loneness for him who loves.

Love is at first not anything that means merging, giving over, and uniting with another, it is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become world, to become world for himself for another’s sake, it is a great exacting claim upon him, something that chooses him out and calls him to vast things. Only in this sense, as the task of working at themselves, might young people use the love that is given them. Merging and surrendering and every kind of communion is not for them, is the ultimate, is perhaps that for which human lives as yet scarcely suffice."


Verona Wedding Photographer in Italy: Tu Nguyen Wedding
Wedding Planner: Colei - Events & wedding planners
Venue:La Fonte degli Dei Wine Relais
Bouquet: Sara Stanghellini Floral Artist
Make-up Artist: Patrizia Bolzonella

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