Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran (born Gubran Khalil Gubran bin Mikhā’īl bin Sa’ad, January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) also known as Kahlil Gibran, was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of the Ottoman Mount Lebanon mutasarrifate), as a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. He is chiefly known for his 1923 book The Prophet, a series of philosophical essays written in English prose. An early example of Inspirational fiction, the book sold well despite a cool critical reception, and became extremely popular in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. (wikipedia)

Khalil Gibran quotes: (brainyquote | wikiquote)

All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.

All that spirits desire, spirits attain.

An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.

Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.

And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

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.

Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.

Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.

Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.

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.

I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.

If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.

If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.

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.

If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?

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.

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 no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.

Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms.

Love is trembling happiness.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love.

Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.

Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.

Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

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.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

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.’

The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is.

The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.

The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.

The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.

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 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.

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.

They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.

To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.

Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.

Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.

What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you?

When love beckons to you, follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. 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.

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.

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.

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 off yourself that you truly give.

Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.

Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow.

  1. Shirin
    September 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    “We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.” so true….. we are the creator of our happiness or joy…and no one else! It’s our decisions who gives the path…then we are the one who should take the responsibility of our decisions..whether it is right or wrong!

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