Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
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Lou Andreas- Salome

A study of Rilke requires a deep look at Lou-Andreas Salome, an incredibly strong influence on him. Today, I receive a difficult to obtain book, "Looking Back Memoirs, The Intimate Study of Her Friendships with Nietzsche, Rilke & Freud." You can imagine my delight.  Nietzsche said of Salome, "I found no more gifted or reflective spirit... Lou is by far the smartest person I ever knew."   And this book offers me a chance to better know her, to hear her thoughts.  I am excitement.

The book begins with a page with this quote by Lou Andreas - Salome.


         Human life - indeed
         all life - is poetry.
        It's we who live it,
    unconsciously, day by day,
        like scenes in a play,
  yet in its inviolable wholeness
     it lives us, it composes us.
  This is something far different
      from the old cliche "Turn
    your life into a work of art";
         we are works of art -
       but we are not the artist.

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