Kahlil Gibran


Syrian-American Mystic Poet, Painter

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Let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.

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

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

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.

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.

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.

Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

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

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

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

You pray in your distress and in your need; when that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls. For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, even in your dreams.

You cannot lay remorse upon the innocent nor lift it from the heart of the guilty, unbidden shall it call in the night, that men may wake and gaze upon themselves.

Yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.

What is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?

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

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

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

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

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

In education the life of the mind proceeds gradually from scientific experiments to intellectual theories, to spiritual feeling, and then to God.

Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.

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Syrian-American Mystic Poet, Painter