A New Clarity

Allow your judgments their own undisturbed development, which like any unfolding, must come from within and can by nothing be forced or hastened. Everything is gestation and then birth. To allow each impression and each embryo of a feeling to complete itself in the dark, in the unsayable, the not-knowing, beyond the reach of one’s own understanding, and humbly and patiently to await the dawning of a new clarity: that alone is the way of the artist —  in understanding as in creating.

— Rilke, Viareggio, April 23, 1903
Letters to a Young Poet

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