"Letters to a Young Poet" by Rainer Maria Rilke
A volume (with notes penciled in the margins) borrowed and enjoyed over a period of days. So many beautiful gems contained therein:
".... go into yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows; at its source you will find the answer to the question of whether you must create. Accept that answer, just as it is given to you, without trying to interpret it."
"Things aren't all so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered, and more unsayable than all other things are works of art, those mysterious existences, whose life endures beside our own small, transitory life."
".... have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked in rooms or books written in a very foreign language."