Dread and Mystery

More than once I have mentioned to you how my life and work have been guided by the effort to overcome the old pressures that rob us of mystery, the mystery essential to our capacity to love from fullness. Humanity has been terrified and beset by dread; but is there anything noble and gracious that has not, from time to time, worn the mask of dread?

— Rilke, Letter to Countess Margot Sizzo-Noris-Crouy
April 12, 1923

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