Kahlil Gibran

United States writer (born in Lebanon) (1883-1931)

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A man's true wealth is the good he does in the world. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.
A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland.
Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.
All that spirits desire, spirits attain.
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manefestation of nature agree to find new shapes.
Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
As one's gifts increase, his friends decrease.
Cast aside those who liken godliness to whimsy and who try to combine their greed for wealth with their desire for a happy afterlife.
Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.
Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk. When once the risk has really been taken, then the greatest danger is to risk too much.
Education sows not seeds in you, but makes your seeds grow.
Enthusiasm is a volcano on whose top never grows the grass of hesitation.
Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
Faith, is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.
Fear of the devil is one way of doubting God.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility never an opportunity.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.
God has placed in each soul an apostle to lead us upon the illumined path. Yet many seek life from without, unaware that is within them.
God made Truth with many doors to welcome every believer who knocks on them.
Half of what I say is meaningless but I say it so that the other half may reach you.
Hallow the body as a temple to comeliness and sanctify the heart as a sacrifice to love love recompenses the adorers.
He who has not looked on Sorrow will never see Joy.
He who requires urging to do a noble act will never accomplish it.
History does not repeat itself except in the minds of those who do not know history.
I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expense, and my expense is equal to my wishes.
I existed from all eternity and, behold, I am here and I shall exist till the end of time, for my being has no end.
I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
I learnt silence from the talkative
I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.
If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.
If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.
If the grandfather of the grandfather of Jesus had known what was hidden within him, he would have stood humble and awe-struck before his soul.
If you are poor, shun association with him who measures men with the yardstick of riches.
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
In battling evil, excess is good for he who is moderate in announcing the truth is presenting half-truth. He conceals the other half out of fear of the people's wrath.
In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.
In the depth of my soul there is a wordless song.
It is slavery to live in the mind unless it has become part of the body.
It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.
It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.
It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.
Keep me away from the wisdom that does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in you seeds.
Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.
Let there be spaces in your togetherness.
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
Love is know the pain of too much tenderness.
Man merely discovers' he never can and never will invent.
Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.
Marriage is the golden ring in a chain, whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity.
Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.
My friends and my road-fellows, pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion. Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest, and drinks a wine that flows not from its own winepress. Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero, and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful. Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins, and will rebel not save when its neck is laid between the sword and the block. Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking. Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpetings, and farewells him with hootings, only to welcome another with trumpetings again. Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.
No lower can a man descend than to interpret his dreams into gold and silver.
Nor shall derision prove powerful against those who listen to humanity or those who follow in the footsteps of divinity, for they shall live forever. Forever.
Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand.
Oh, heart, I the ignorant say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower perishes, but the seeds remain. This is the law of God.
Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others.
Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert.
Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.
Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.
Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.
The best of men is he who blushes when you praise him and remains silent when you defame him.
The bird has an honor that man does not have. Man lives in the traps of his abdicated laws and traditions but the birds live according to the natural law of God who causes the earth to turn around the sun.
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is.
The giving and receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.
The light of the stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So is it with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personality.
The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.
The most solid stone in the structure is the lowest one in the foundation.
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.
The person you consider ignorant and insignificant is the one who came from God, that he might learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom.
The reality of the other person lies not in what he reveals to you but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather to what he does not say.
The significance of a man is not in what he attains, but rather what he longs to attain.
The tears that you spill, the sorrowful, are sweeter than the laughter of snobs and the guffaws of scoffers.
The timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness and knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.
The truly religious man does not embrace a religion and he who embraces one has no religion.
They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.
They deem me mad for I will not sell my days for gold; I deem them mad for they think my days have a price.
Time has been transformed, and we have changed it has advanced and set us in motion it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.
To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.
To be closer to God, be closer to people.
To realize that prophecy in the people is like fruit in the tree is to know the unity of life.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
Wailing and lamentation befit those who stand before the throne of life and depart without leaving in its hands a drop of the sweat of their brows or the blood of their hearts.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
We fear death, yet we long for slumber and beautiful dreams.
We were a silent, hidden thought in the folds of oblivion, and we have become a voice that causes the heavens to tremble.
What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you
What do the nationalists say about killers punishing murderers and thieves sentencing looters
What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt
When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
When you have solved all the mysteries of life you long for death, for it is but another mystery of life.
When you work you fulfil a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born. And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret.
Where can I find a man governed by reason instead of habits and urges
Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
Would that I were a dry well, and that the people tossed stones into me, for that would be easier than to be a spring of flowing water that the thirsty pass by, and from which they avoid drinking.
Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
You give little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
You progress not through improving what has been done, but reaching toward what has yet to be done.
You see but your shadow when you turn your back to the sun.
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself... You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
Your confidence in the people, and your doubt about them, are closely related to your self-confidence and your self-doubt.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow.

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