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May 27th, 2011


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05:53 pm - Seeking a quote in the original German
Okay, it's possible that nobody on my flist can provide this, or that I'm mistaken in looking for it, but... I have a project that I just conceived today, and it would require something I can't find on my own: a couple of quotes from poet Rainier Maria Rilke, but in his original German rather than the translated English.

I don't want to say what the project is, because I have no idea if I can pull it off, but I figured I'd throw this to you all, anyway, in case you can help me. :)

To clarify: I'm not looking for a translation to German of these quotes. I'm trying to source the original German.



"Love consists of this: two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other."

"The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky."

I believe both of these are from Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, but it's possible I am mistaken.

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From:jd3000
Date:May 28th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
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Here is the first quote, actually the complete sentence, of which the quote is only the closing phrase. Now going after the second.

Und diese menschlichere Liebe (die unendlich rücksichtsvoll und leise, und gut und klar in Binden und Lösen sich vollziehen wird) wird jener ähneln, die wir ringend und mühsam vorbereiten, der Liebe, die darin besteht, daß zwei Einsamkeiten einander schützen, grenzen und grüßen.

-JD
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From:jd3000
Date:May 28th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
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And here is the other. Phew!

Es handelt sich in der Ehe für mein Gefühl nicht darum, durch Niederreißung und Umstürzung aller Grenzen eine rasche Gemeinsamkeit zu schaffen, vielmehr ist die gute Ehe die, in welcher jeder den anderen zum Wächter seiner Einsamkeit bestellt und ihm dieses größte Vertrauen beweist, das er zu verleihen hat. Ein Miteinander zweier Menschen ist eine Unmöglichkeit und, wo es doch vorhanden scheint, eine Beschränkung, eine gegenseitige Übereinkunft, welchen einen Teil oder beide Teile ihrer vollsten Freiheit und Entwicklung beraubt. Aber, das Bewußtsein vorausgesetzt, daß auch zwischen den nächsten Menschen unendliche Fernen bestehen bleiben, kann ihnen ein wundervolles Nebeneinanderwohnen erwachsen, wenn es ihnen gelingt, die Weite zwischen sich zu lieben, die ihnen die Möglichkeit gibt, einander immer in ganzer Gestalt und vor einem großen Himmel zu sehen!

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 28th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Wow, JD, thank you!
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:May 28th, 2011 06:34 am (UTC)
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If you need a quote from Rilke, get a copy of The Time Traveler's Wife. Half that book is Rilke in Deutsche.
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From:izhilzha
Date:May 28th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Heh. A fair point. I've been meaning to reread that book anyway.
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From:kalquessa
Date:June 1st, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
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Ha, I was going to say this, too. Rilke is Henry and Clare's favorite and Niffeneggar uses a lot of his stuff about angels to reinforce her "wings and flying" theme.

Love the two quotes up there. They seem especially perfect for two introverts who are also very independent people like you and the future Mr. Izh.
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From:izhilzha
Date:June 2nd, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
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Yes, aren't they? I found the first one on a Valentine's Day card (which I promptly gave to Dan). Rilke seems to have a thing about solitude and trust in close human relationships which I like quite a lot.

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