"To return to the subject of aloneness: It becomes increasingly clear that it is basically not something we can choose to have or not to have. We simply are alone. One can delude one's self and act as though it were no so - that's all. How much better, however, that we concede we are solitary beings; yes, that we assume it to be true."
More from Rilke's Letters To A Young Poet, translation by Joan M. Burnham. (c) 2000.