Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer.Born in the town of Bsharri in the north of modern-day Lebanon.He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.
The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry essays written in English by Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923. It is Gibran’s best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over forty different languages and has never been out of print. In this book a Prophet who is about to board a ship is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses topics such as life and the human condition.
This book has a way of speaking to people at different stages in their lives. It has a magical quality, the more you read it the more you come to understand the words and it’s not filled with any kind of dogma and is available to anyone.
“One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life.”
“If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.”
“It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone… but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.”
“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.”
“Hearts united in pain and sorrow
will not be separated by joy and happiness.
Bonds that are woven in sadness
are stronger than the ties of joy and pleasure.
Love that is washed by tears
will remain eternally pure and faithful.”
“We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.”
“joy and sorrow are inseparable. . . together they come and when one sits alone with you . . remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
“We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side.”
“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.”
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”
“You may forget with whom you laughed, but you will never forget with whom you wept. ”
“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. ”
“Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity.”
“If you reveal your secrets to the wind,
you should not blame the wind for
revealing them to the trees.”
“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.”
“They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price. ”
“Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
“My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.”
“Your daily life is your temple and your religion.”
“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.”
“No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.
If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”
“Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.”
“Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.”
“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
“An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.”
“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.”
“I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.”
“Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation”
“We are all prisoners but some of us are in cells with windows and some without.”
“Do not fear the thorns in your path, for they draw only corrupt blood.”
“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”
“Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you.”
“When life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a philosopher to speak her mind.”
“Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”
“Work is love made visible. And if you can’t 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 the people who work with joy”
“Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful.”
“Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.”
“He who seeks ecstasy in love should not complain of suffering.”
“Strange, the desire for certain pleasures is a part of my pain.”
“You cannot laugh and be unkind at the same time”
“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”
“Verily the lust for comfort murders the passion of the soul, and then walks grinning in the funeral.”
“He who is more mindful of one, loses the love and the faith of both.”
“Remembrance is a form of meeting.”
“So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.”