Nothing to Frighten Us

We are not prisoners. No traps or snares are set around us; there is nothing that should frighten or torment us. We have been put into life as into the element we most accord with, and we have, moreover, through millennia of adaptation, come to resemble this life so greatly, that we, when we hold still, through a happy mimicry, can hardly be distinguished from everything that surrounds us.

— Rilke, Borgeby gärd, Sweden, August 12, 1904
Letters to a Young Poet

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