Saturday, July 13, 2013

The loneliest people above all contribute most to commonality.  I have said earlier that one person might hear more and another less of the vast melody of life; accordingly, the latter has a smaller or lesser duty in the great orchestra.  The individual who could hear the entire melody would be at once the loneliest and the most common, for he would hear what no one else hears and yet only because he would grasp in its perfect completeness that which others strain to hear obscurely and only in parts.

--Rainer Maria Rilke
(from Letters on Life,
translated by Ulrich Baer)

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