December 27, 2011

Probe the Depths from Which Your Life Springs

Man Writing Facing Left

My only advice for you is this. Go within yourself and probe the depths from which your life springs, and there at its source you'll find the answer to the question of whether you must write. Accept this answer, just as you hear it, without hesitation. It may be revealed that you are called to be an artist. Then take this lot upon you, and bear it, its burden and its greatness, without asking for any external reward. For the creative artist must be a world for himself, and find everything within himself—and in nature, to which he is devoted.

Paris, February 17, 1903
Letters to a Young Poet


  1. Well there it is—probably the best advice that can ever be given to an aspiring artist of any kind. Also great advice on how to live one's life—going to the source deep within, accepting the answers you find, bearing your lot, both "its burden and its greatness," without regard to external rewards.

  2. it's a long long long journey bridging the gap between deciding to be a writer and then becoming a writer. the distance between wishing myself to be a writer and actually being a writer leaves me flailing some days!!!!! peace. steven


"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night."

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Go ahead, bloom recklessly!