Rainer Says

25 01 2010

“Is it possible that we know nothing about young girls, who are nonetheless living? Is it possible that we say ‘women,’ ‘children,’ ‘boys,’ not suspecting (despite all our culture, not suspecting) that these words have long since had no plural, but only countless singulars?

Yes, it is possible.”

—Rainer Maria Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Translated by Stephen Mitchell)

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