I want to beg you as much as I can . . . to be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek answers which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything.
Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.
Take whatever comes with great trust, and if only it comes out of your own will, out of some need of your innermost being, take it upon yourself and hate nothing.
— Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
When you want to hurry something, that means you no longer care about it and want to get on to other things.
— Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
People who drink to drown their sorrows should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.
— Ann Landers.