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On Letter Writing

with a 19-year-old student that gives us Letters to a Young Poet. Critic Maria Popova says that she considers Rilke’s letters to be a “foundational text of our civilization and a life-necessity for every human being with a firing mind and a beating heart”:

school and getting a handwritten letter from a friend, who decorated the entire back of the envelope with intricate artwork that must have marveled every hand that moved it through the postal service. The saved and published correspondence between brilliant minds has left us some of the coolest and most moving thoughts recorded. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau wrote letters back and forth, and we can read the conversations. And, in a book by one of my favorite writers, Rainer Maria Rilke, it is Rilke sharing his thoughts, giving advice on life, art, writing, how to live, and on love

To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. For this reason young people, who are beginners in everything, cannot yet know love: they have to learn it. With their whole being, with all their

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