I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other. - Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes

I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.[Ich halte dies für die höchste Aufgabe einer Verbindung zwischen zwei Menschen: dass jeder die Einsamkeit des anderen bewachen sollte.]

Source:Letter to Paula Modersohn-Becker (February 12, 1902)
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