Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rainer Maria Rilke: Art & Monsters



"If it is the meaning of sacrifice that the moment of the greatest danger coincides with the instant when one is saved, then certainly nothing resembles sacrifice more than this terrible will to art. How stubborn and insane it is! Everything that others forget in order to make life possible we constantly strive to uncover and even make bigger; we actually awaken our monsters that we then do not oppose sufficiently to be able to slay them. Because in a certain sense we find ourselves in agreement with them; these monsters, after all, possess this surplus of power that is indispensable to those who feel compelled to exceed themselves."


— Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters On LIfe (2005)
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