The poet Rainer Maria Rilke said about her: "she is a burning bush". She lighted others with her fire, and they burned, but she was never consumed. The philosophers Paul Rée and Friedrich Nietzsche burned, the politician Georg Ledebour, the medic Friedrich Pineles, the writer Richard Beer-Hofmann, and many others. But among all this destruction that she caused along her life, the figure of Rilke, whom she modeled and contributed to make him become a great poet, rises. The verses of Lou Andreas-Salomé excited Nietzsche and her psychoanalyst theories amazed Freud. But Lou Andreas-Salomé has become a part of history as a symbol: the symbol of a free woman.