Think, dear sir, of the world you carry within you . . . be it remembrance of your own childhood or longing for your own future. Only be attentive to what is arising within you, and prize it above all that you perceive around you. What happens most deeply inside you is worthy of your whole love. Work with that and don’t waste too much time and courage explaining it to other people.
— Rilke, Rome, December 23, 1903
Letters to a Young Poet