“So you must not be frightened, dear Mr. Kappus, if a sadness rises up before you larger than any you have ever seen; if a restiveness, like light and cloud-shadows, passes over your hands and over all that you do.  You must think that something is taking place in you, that life has not forgotten you, that it holds you in its hand; it will not let you fall.

“Why do you want to shut out of your life any disquietude, any grief, any heaviness of spirit, since you really do not know what these states are doing to you?  Why do you want to pursue yourself with the questions whence all this may be coming and whither it is bound?  For you know that you are in the midst of transitions and wished for nothing so much as to change.”

from Letter 8, Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke

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