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Kahlil Gibran Quotes (1883 - 1931)

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A

A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?


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 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.


And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the final hour of separation. (The Prophet)


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.


And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. (The Prophet)


And the self-same well from which your laughter rises was often-times filled with your tears.


And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. (The Prophet )


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



B


Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.
But you are life and you are the veil.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
But you are eternity and you are the mirror. (The Prophet )



Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.


But 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.



C


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.




D


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.



E


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


Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.



F


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


For what is it to die, But to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?


For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?
Verily, when good is hungry is seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters. (The Prophet )



For what is it to die, but to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?


For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? (The Prophet )



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.



G


Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping,
For only the hand of God can contain your hearts. (The Prophet )



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 made Truth with many doors to welcome every believer who knocks on them.




H


Hallow the body as a temple to comeliness and sanctify the heart as a sacrifice to love; love recompenses the adorers.




I


I am one of those who believe that spiritual progress is a rule of human life, but the approach to perfection is slow and painful. If a woman elevates herself in one respect and is retarded in another, it is because the rough trail that leads to the mountain peak is not free of ambushes of thieves and lairs of wolves. (The Broken Wings )


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


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 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 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 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 cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.


If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were.


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


In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.


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


If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.


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.


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.
('On Giving,' The Prophet, 1923 )



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




K


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 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.



L


Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.


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


Let there be spaces in your togetherness.


Love is know the pain of too much tenderness.


Love... It surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be.


Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love. (The Prophet )




M


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.


Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.


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



N


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.



O


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.


"One criminal at heart, is far most dangerous than a thousand blind followers"




P


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


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.



S


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.'





T


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


That which seems most feeble and bewildered in you is the strongest and most determined. (The Prophet )


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


The just is close to the people's heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God.


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 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.


The tears that you spill, the sorrowful, are sweeter than the laughter of snobs and the guffaws of scoffers.


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.


The significance of a man is not in what he attains, but rather what he longs to attain.


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.


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




W


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


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 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.


When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?


When you have solved all the mysteries of life you long for death, for it is but another mystery of life.


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?


Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer?


Where is the justice of political power if it... marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?


Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfful 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.


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.




Y


Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.


Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.


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 posessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. (The Prohpet, 1923)


You progress not through what has been done, but reaching towards what has yet to be done.


You have your ideology and I have mine.


You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief, But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound. (The Prophet )


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.


Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.


Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.


Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. (The Prophet )


Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against passion and your appetite. (The Prophet)




Z


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





















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