Rainer Rilke on Man’s Role

We discover that we do not know our role; we look for a mirror; we want to remove our make-up and take off what is false and be real. But somewhere a piece of disguise that we forgot still sticks to us. A trace of exaggeration remains in our eyebrows; we do not notice that the corners of our mouth are bent. And so we walk around, a mockery and a mere half: neither having achieved being nor actors.

Quoted from Walter Kaufmann, Existentialism: From Dostoevsky to Sartre (Penguin Group: 1975), p. 141.

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