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Author QuotedRainer Maria Rilke
Title QuotedNotebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
Date (Year/Month/Day)1949/12/10
QuotationI am abashed by the real solitude of Rilke which I admire, knowing, however, it is not for me because I am not like that. But his is a solitude I understand objectively, perhaps not by connaturality at all, but it moves me tremendously. You see, to begin with, he did not want it or go looking for it. It found him. Tremendous how he finds himself in the solitude of Christ (David) in the psalms, all of a sudden, there on of Malte Laurids Brigge. Who is the French poet that he quotes there?
Quotation SourceEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 377
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