"Whoever does not, sometime or other, give his full consent, his full and joyous consent, to the dreadfulness of life, can never take possession of the unutterable abundance and power of our existence; can only walk on its edge, and one day when the judgement is given, will have been neither alive nor dead. To show the identity of dreadfulness and bliss, these two faces on the same divine head, indeed this one single face, which just presents itself this way or that, according to our distance from it or state of mind in which we perceive it —: this is the true significance and purpose of the Elegies and the Sonnets to Orpheus."
— Rainer Maria Rilke, Bohemian-Austrian poet, born December 4, 1875