Rainer Maria Rilke Quote

I am so afraid of people's words.
They describe so distinctly everything:
And this they call dog and that they call house,
here the start and there the end. I worry about their mockery with words,
they know everything, what will be, what was;
no mountain is still miraculous;
and their house and yard lead right up to God. I want to warn and object: Let the things be!
I enjoy listening to the sound they are making.
But you always touch: and they hush and stand still.
That's how you kill.


Translated by Annemarie S. Kidder - In Celebration of Me (1909)

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I am so afraid of people's words. They describe so distinctly everything: And this they call dog and that they call house, here the start and there...

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I am so afraid of people's words. They describe so distinctly everything: And this they call dog and that they call house, here the start and there...

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I am so afraid of people's words. They describe so distinctly everything: And this they call dog and that they call house, here the start and there...

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I am so afraid of people's words. They describe so distinctly everything: And this they call dog and that they call house, here the start and there...