Sunday, July 10, 2011

Before an immense sky

"The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all its boundaries, on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky."
-- Rilke
Quoted from Laura Munson's excellent book, This Is Not The Story You Think It Is


nonnyw said...

this was the opening reading at our wedding!
so fun to see it again.

Kacey Hayes said...

That is beautiful. Tilda Swinton said loneliness is the deal - that's it. I think all of it's true.

Michelle Trusttum said...

I wish I'd checked in with you earlier today. I could have done with this insight about 10.30am! x