"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, composes us. This is something far different from the old cliche, 'Turn your life into art'; we are works of art, but we are not the artist."
Lou Andreas-Salome, Looking Back: Memoirs
Translated by Breon Mitchell (Marlowe & Co., 1995)
Lou Andreas-Salomé (1861-1937) was a German novelist and pioneering psychoanalyst to whom Freud sometimes referred patients. She was also a confidante of Nietzsche and Rilke. A recent film, starring Katharina Lorenz, tells her life story.
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