Quote of the Day: Love Your Solitude.

Via Andrea Balt
on Mar 24, 2012
get elephant's newsletter
(Photo via Tumblr)

Some poets we love. Others, we just need. And then there are those who we can’t help but love and need (and want).

Rainer Maria Rilke does all three for me. In light and in darkness.

“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast. Be happy about your growth, in which, of course, you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend.

Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust.

And don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”

~ RMR, Letters to a Young Poet


Now, if he had just met Audrey…

I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.

 ~ Audrey Hepburn


See the viral, fun video on How to Be Alone.


~ Like elephant culture and elephant literary journal on Facebook. ~


About Andrea Balt

Co-Founder / Editor in Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Creativity Curator at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Brains & Beauty + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her Monthly Stroke of Renaissance.


29 Responses to “Quote of the Day: Love Your Solitude.”

  1. shanti says:

    So beautiful, thanks

  2. Dear Sister Andrea of the Order of Words & Mischief….

    Love it. 🙂

    Sister B xo

  3. ValCarruthers says:

    Dear Word Sorceress: Rilke+Audrey = Alchemy. Charmed us again, didn'tcha, Andrea :))

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Spirituality Homepage.

    Valerie Carruthers
    Please go and "Like" Elephant Spirituality on Facebook

  4. Andréa Balt says:

    Scar-faced love smiling back at you. 🙂

  5. Andréa Balt says:

    Yes, they would've made a good couple (with separate bedrooms). 🙂

    E-luv & thanks!

  6. Oh, I have a good plastic surgeon for that, O Sister in Darkness :)))

  7. Eric says:

    Yes, besides everything else to marvel at—of course you breathe Rilke 🙂
    Einmal ist keinmal…und jezt, und jezt….nur mein Herz.

  8. Andréa Balt says:

    Aw, thanks You!

    That last line in German – had to bother and use google translator but it made my evening. Love back. Are you on FB? Are we friends?

  9. Jill Barth says:

    T h a n k s. Great words.

  10. Eric says:

    Ah, no, I ditched 'La Facecraque' last Autumn 🙂

  11. Robert says:

    Both quotes! Fantastic!!!

  12. Eric says:

    ~one of my favorite Rilke quotes:
    "I want to be with those who know secret things–or else alone."

  13. Andréa Balt says:

    You're heavenly, you know that? I was actually looking for that quote like a maniac for this post, and I could not remember who had said it, I'd only read it in a flash and you know, it's a tragic thing (to me) when I lose a quote. I prefer losing my wallet – it's empty anyway. Seriously, I love auspicious coincidences.

    Thanks! I now feel like one of those people who know secret things (or else I feel alone). 🙂

  14. Andréa Balt says:

    Bow. (A lonely bow, mind you).

  15. Eric says:

    actually, I'm quite earthy–like a fine old single malt. or a 1965 Côtes du Rhône.

    (I collect quotes, so again, we keep the known universe in balance. auspiciously delish 🙂

  16. […] On the wiser side of town, they look like they’ve learned to become friends with their solitude. […]

  17. […] I thought of how the sea waves are probably the most unfaithful thing in the universe, how they’re always leaving the beach and then they suddenly realize they miss it and that […]

  18. […] like my couch, my books, daydreaming, creating in solitude, being by myself and I like keeping to myself. I prefer being soft-spoken in large crowds (except […]

  19. […] if, say you’re somewhat lonely—though not alone, somewhat sad—though not broken, and somewhat tired—though wide […]

  20. […] built around a style of yoga that is not my usual practice, I knew I would be challenged. Because I cherish my solitude, I knew I would be blissfully anonymous among the hundreds of yogis attending. Because I am […]

  21. Suresh Nair says:

    Thank you for the quotes, thoughts, and links. Much appreciated 🙂

  22. […] yes, solitude—we want it when we don’t have it and when we get it, we have no idea what to do with […]

  23. […] of the time, I felt cozy and complete in my own home. It helped me reinvent myself as an individual rather than what felt like the inferior half of a […]