July 4, 2011

Even the Best Rulers

Rainer Maria Rilke

The tragedy of nations is perhaps this: that even the best rulers use up a piece of their people's future.

Early Journals


  1. How much does this tendency of our leaders to use up a piece of our future based on the problems of power? I wonder. Rilke has such a way with words, in so few words he can illuminate so much. Thanks, Lorenzo.

  2. A thoughtful, if not melancholy note on this 4th of July eve.

  3. Need I draw associations between what Rilke says and Greece's current state of affairs? Rilke has this gift for putting in words what we can already see or feel.

  4. that's an interesting perspective. sort of like mortgaging what could be to create what might be. 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!