Although I don't agree with everything Rainer Maria Rilke says, here are a few things that I've found noteworthy:
1) While Rilke focuses more on the magnificence of solitude, I much prefer being in the company of people with whom I am able to engage in genuine dialogue with.
2) He also wrote the poem, Der Panther (The Panther). I remember speaking with a History teacher who spoke German. Although he was Dutch, his German was good enough to perceive that the cadence with which the poem was written was quite remarkable.
3) Years ago, I found myself dining with a CEO/surgeon who was also battling poverty.
"How do we solve poverty? I've been asking the same question for years. I'm now 66 and I'm still asking that question!"
He then paused, as if remembering something. In fact, he was trying to recall the words from the poet, Rainer Maria Rilke.
"Try to love the questions themselves... And you might... Might!" He laughed to himself.
"...you might live your way into the answer."