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Wikipedia Summary for Khalil Gibran

Gibran Khalil Gibran (Arabic: جبران خليل جبران‎, ALA-LC: Jubrān Khalīl Jubrān, pronounced [ʒʊˈbraːn xaˈliːl ʒʊˈbraːn], or Jibrān Khalīl Jibrān, pronounced [ʒɪˈbraːn xaˈliːl ʒɪˈbraːn]; January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931), usually referred to in English as Kahlil Gibran (pronounced kah-LEEL ji-BRAHN), was a Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist, also considered a philosopher although he himself rejected the title. He is best known as the author of The Prophet, which was first published in the United States in 1923 and has since become one of the best-selling books of all time, having been translated into more than 100 languages.

Born in a village of the Ottoman-ruled Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate to a Maronite family, the young Gibran immigrated with his mother and siblings to the United States in 1895. As his mother worked as a seamstress, he was enrolled at a school in Boston, where his creative abilities were quickly noticed by a teacher who presented him to photographer and publisher F. Holland Day. Gibran was sent back to his native land by his family at the age of fifteen to enroll at the Collège de la Sagesse in Beirut. Returning to Boston upon his youngest sister's death in 1902, he lost his older half-brother and his mother the following year, seemingly relying afterwards on his remaining sister's income from her work at a dressmaker's shop for some time.

In 1904, Gibran's drawings were displayed for the first time at Day's studio in Boston, and his first book in Arabic was published in 1905 in New York City. With the financial help of a newly met benefactress, Mary Haskell, Gibran studied art in Paris from 1908 to 1910. While there, he came in contact with Syrian political thinkers promoting rebellion in the Ottoman Empire after the Young Turk Revolution; some of Gibran's writings, voicing the same ideas as well as anti-clericalism, would eventually be banned by the Ottoman authorities. In 1911, Gibran settled in New York, where his first book in English, The Madman, would be published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1918, with writing of The Prophet or The Earth Gods also underway. His visual artwork was shown at Montross Gallery in 1914, and at the galleries of M. Knoedler & Co. in 1917. He had also been corresponding remarkably with May Ziadeh since 1912. In 1920, Gibran re-founded the Pen League with fellow Mahjari poets. By the time of his death at the age of 48 from cirrhosis and incipient tuberculosis in one lung, he had achieved literary fame on "both sides of the Atlantic Ocean," and The Prophet had already been translated into German and French. His body was transferred to his birth village of Bsharri (in present-day Lebanon), to which he had bequeathed all future royalties on his books, and where a museum dedicated to his works now stands.

As worded by Suheil Bushrui and Joe Jenkins, Gibran's life has been described as one "often caught between Nietzschean rebellion, Blakean pantheism and Sufi mysticism." Gibran discussed different themes in his writings, and explored diverse literary forms. Salma Khadra Jayyusi has called him "the single most important influence on Arabic poetry and literature during the first half of [the twentieth] century," and he is still celebrated as a literary hero in Lebanon. At the same time, "most of Gibran's paintings expressed his personal vision, incorporating spiritual and mythological symbolism," with art critic Alice Raphael recognizing in the painter a classicist, whose work owed "more to the findings of Da Vinci than it [did] to any modern insurgent." His "prodigious body of work" has been described as "an artistic legacy to people of all nations."

Quote: You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of litter of dogs
Photo Credit: Karel Van der Auwera

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.


Quote: Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of green trees on body of water during daytime
Photo Credit: diGital Sennin

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.


Quote: Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of woman in white dress walking on pathway between trees during daytime
Photo Credit: Greg Rosenke

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


Quote: Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of red metal bridge over river
Photo Credit: J. Balla Photography

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


Quote: Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of person holding yellow petaled flower
Photo Credit: Kawin Harasai

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


Quote: Love is trembling happiness. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of toddler hugging siberian husky
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Love is trembling happiness.


Quote: 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. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of silhouette of children's running on hill

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.


Quote: Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of white and purple flower in macro shot
Photo Credit: Jack B

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


Quote: Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.


Quote: Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.


Quote: In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasure. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: Love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.


Quote: Passionate love is a quenchless thirst. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of person holding yellow petaled flower
Photo Credit: Kawin Harasai

Passionate love is a quenchless thirst.


Quote: Be like the flower, turn your faces to the sun. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of sunflower
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

Be like the flower, turn your faces to the sun.


Quote: Vague and nebulous is the beginning of all things, but not their end. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Vague and nebulous is the beginning of all things, but not their end.


Quote: 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. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of road in the middle of grass covered field during day

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.


Quote: Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.


Quote: And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart:
Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart:
Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.


Quote: 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. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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.


Quote: The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of person holding sunflower bouquet during daytime
Photo Credit: Kate Hliznitsova

The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.


Quote: Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.


Quote: 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. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of gray cactus plant on white pot
Photo Credit: Lieselot. Dalle

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.


Quote: And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of black white and orange butterfly perched on purple flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Joshua J. Cotten

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


Quote: Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of red and white heart balloons
Photo Credit: Christopher Beloch

Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms.


Quote: Sadness is but a wall between two gardens. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of green leaf in close up photography
Photo Credit: Waldemar Brandt

Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.


Quote: I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: Your friend is your needs answered. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Your friend is your needs answered.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.


Quote: Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.


Quote: All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of yellow and blue painted wall
Photo Credit: Bekky Bekks

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


Quote: Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.


Quote: 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? by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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?


Quote: 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. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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.


Quote: Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.


Quote: You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth./nThe archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.


Quote: For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.




Quote: What the soul knows is often unknown to the man who has a soul. We are infinitely more than we think. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

What the soul knows is often unknown to the man who has a soul. We are infinitely more than we think.




Quote: In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.


Quote: Beauty is that which attracts your soul, and that which loves to give and not to receive. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Beauty is that which attracts your soul, and that which loves to give and not to receive.


Quote: Hell is not in torture; Hell is in an empty heart. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Hell is not in torture; Hell is in an empty heart.


Quote: You often say,

You often say, "I would give, but only to the deserving." The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.


Quote: Love that does not renew itself every day becomes a habit and in turn a slavery. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Love that does not renew itself every day becomes a habit and in turn a slavery.


Quote: Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.


Quote: Beauty is not a need but an ecstasy. It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth, But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Beauty is not a need but an ecstasy. It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth, But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted.


Quote: Only once have I been made mute. It was when a man asked me, 'Who are you?' by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Only once have I been made mute. It was when a man asked me, 'Who are you?'


Quote: Love is the only flower that grows and blossoms without the aid of the seasons by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Love is the only flower that grows and blossoms without the aid of the seasons


Quote: Love is a sacred mystery.
To those who love, it remains forever wordless;
But to those who do not love, it may be but a heartless jest. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Love is a sacred mystery.
To those who love, it remains forever wordless;
But to those who do not love, it may be but a heartless jest.


Quote: The silence of the envious is too noisy. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The silence of the envious is too noisy.


Quote: Man struggles to find life outside himself, unaware that the life he is seeking is within him. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Man struggles to find life outside himself, unaware that the life he is seeking is within him.


Quote: Words are timeless. You should utter them or write them with a knowledge of their timelessness. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Words are timeless. You should utter them or write them with a knowledge of their timelessness.


Quote: Forgetfulness is a form of freedom. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.


Quote: An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: The nearest to my heart are a king without a kingdom and a poor man who does not know how to beg. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The nearest to my heart are a king without a kingdom and a poor man who does not know how to beg.


Quote: Wisdom is not in words; Wisdom is meaning within words. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Wisdom is not in words; Wisdom is meaning within words.


Quote: Strange that we all defend our wrongs with more vigor than we do our rights. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Strange that we all defend our wrongs with more vigor than we do our rights.


Quote: Darkness is dawn not yet born. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Darkness is dawn not yet born.


Quote: Do not keep crying when your love has been gone. You only need Smile because he had been given you the opportunity to meet someone who is better. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Do not keep crying when your love has been gone. You only need Smile because he had been given you the opportunity to meet someone who is better.


Quote: How often have you sailed in my dreams. And now you come in my awakening, which is my deeper dream. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

How often have you sailed in my dreams. And now you come in my awakening, which is my deeper dream.


Quote: No human relation gives one possession in another—every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

No human relation gives one possession in another—every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone.


Quote: The mother is everything - she is our consolation in sorrow, our hope in misery, and our strength in weakness. She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness. He who loses his mother loses a pure soul who blesses and guards him constantly by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The mother is everything - she is our consolation in sorrow, our hope in misery, and our strength in weakness. She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness. He who loses his mother loses a pure soul who blesses and guards him constantly


Quote: Spiritual awakening is the most essential thing in man's life, and it is the sole purpose of being. Is not civilization, in all its tragic forms, a supreme motive for spiritual awakening? by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Spiritual awakening is the most essential thing in man's life, and it is the sole purpose of being. Is not civilization, in all its tragic forms, a supreme motive for spiritual awakening?


Quote: The truly great man is he who would master no one, and who would be mastered by none. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The truly great man is he who would master no one, and who would be mastered by none.


Quote: When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.


Quote: Love is a magic ray emitted from the burning core of the soul and illuminating the surrounding earth. It enables us to perceive life as a beautiful dream between one awakening and another. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Love is a magic ray emitted from the burning core of the soul and illuminating the surrounding earth. It enables us to perceive life as a beautiful dream between one awakening and another.


Quote: 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. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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.


Quote: You are far, far greater than you know - and all is well. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

You are far, far greater than you know - and all is well.


Quote: Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you.


Quote: Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain.


Quote: The universe is my country and the human family is my tribe. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The universe is my country and the human family is my tribe.


Quote: When I planted my pain in the field of patience it bore fruit of happiness. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

When I planted my pain in the field of patience it bore fruit of happiness.


Quote: I do not want you to hear that I love you, but I want you to feel it without me having to say. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

I do not want you to hear that I love you, but I want you to feel it without me having to say.


Quote: You may chain my hands, you may shackle my feet; you may even throw me into a dark prison; but you shall not enslave my thinking, because it is free! by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

You may chain my hands, you may shackle my feet; you may even throw me into a dark prison; but you shall not enslave my thinking, because it is free!




Quote: All men love you for themselves. I love you for yourself. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

All men love you for themselves. I love you for yourself.


Quote: How distant I am from people when I am with them, and how close when they are far away. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

How distant I am from people when I am with them, and how close when they are far away.


Quote: The truly good is he who is one with all those who are deemed bad. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The truly good is he who is one with all those who are deemed bad.


Quote: There must be something strangely sacred about salt. It is in our tears and in the sea. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

There must be something strangely sacred about salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.


Quote: Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others.




Quote: You may forget with whom you laughed, but you will never forget with whom you wept. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

You may forget with whom you laughed, but you will never forget with whom you wept.


Quote: Listen to the women when she looks at you, not when she talks to you. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Listen to the women when she looks at you, not when she talks to you.


Quote: A thief is a man in need.  A liar is a man in fear. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

A thief is a man in need. A liar is a man in fear.


Quote: You cannot judge any man beyond your knowledge of him, and how small is your knowledge. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

You cannot judge any man beyond your knowledge of him, and how small is your knowledge.


Quote: All can hear, but only the sensitive can understand. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

All can hear, but only the sensitive can understand.


Quote: The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.


Quote: All things in this vast universe exist in you, with you, and for you. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

All things in this vast universe exist in you, with you, and for you.


Quote: In the depth of my soul there is a wordless song. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

In the depth of my soul there is a wordless song.


Quote: The best of man is he who blushes when you praise him and remains silent when you defame him. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The best of man is he who blushes when you praise him and remains silent when you defame him.


Quote: If I could take your troubles
I would toss them into the sea,
But all these things I'm finding
Are impossible for me.
I cannot build a mountain
Or catch a rainbow fair,
But let me be what I know best,
A friend that is always there. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

If I could take your troubles
I would toss them into the sea,
But all these things I'm finding
Are impossible for me.
I cannot build a mountain
Or catch a rainbow fair,
But let me be what I know best,
A friend that is always there.


Quote: Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.


Quote: Every man is two men; one is awake in the darkness, the other asleep in the light. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Every man is two men; one is awake in the darkness, the other asleep in the light.


Quote: A root is a flower that disdains fame. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

A root is a flower that disdains fame.


Quote: How beautiful to find a heart that loves you, without asking you for anything, but to be okay. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

How beautiful to find a heart that loves you, without asking you for anything, but to be okay.


Quote: And God said, Love your enemy, and I obeyed Him and loved myself. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

And God said, Love your enemy, and I obeyed Him and loved myself.


Quote: The snow and the storm destroy the flower; but its seed they cannot kill. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The snow and the storm destroy the flower; but its seed they cannot kill.


Quote: What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you? by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.


Quote: 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. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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.


Quote: Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in your seeds. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in your seeds.


Quote: The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.


Quote: The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in the desert. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in the desert.


Quote: 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. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of Khalil Gibran quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert.


Quote: The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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.


Quote: Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.


Quote: Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.


Quote: Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.


Quote: Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. Doubt is a foundling unhappy and astray, and though his own mother who gave him birth should find him and enfold him, he would withdraw in caution and in fear.


Quote: Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.


Quote: If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom? by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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


Quote: That to be enthroned is to be enslaved,
And to be understood is to be leveled down. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

That to be enthroned is to be enslaved,
And to be understood is to be leveled down.


Quote: The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.


Quote: Work with love, it is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Work with love, it is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart.


Quote: For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger.


Quote: Sow a seed and the earth will yield you a flower. 
Dream your dream to the sky and it will bring you your beloved. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Sow a seed and the earth will yield you a flower.
Dream your dream to the sky and it will bring you your beloved.


Quote: And think not you can direct the course of love, For love, If it finds you worthy, Directs your course. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

And think not you can direct the course of love, For love, If it finds you worthy, Directs your course.


Quote: And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rises above its own ashes. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rises above its own ashes.


Quote: There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone. The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone. The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.


Quote: When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be
clearer in his absence,
as the mountain to the climber
is clearer from the plain. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be
clearer in his absence,
as the mountain to the climber
is clearer from the plain.


Quote: Hell is not in torture; Hell is in an empty heart. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Hell is not in torture; Hell is in an empty heart.


Quote: Our pain carves out a larger space for love to fill. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Our pain carves out a larger space for love to fill.


Quote: Marriage is the golden ring in a chain whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Marriage is the golden ring in a chain whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity.


Quote: The creator gives no heed to the critic unless he becomes a barren inventor. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The creator gives no heed to the critic unless he becomes a barren inventor.


Quote: Yet you shall not deplore having known blindness, nor regret having been deaf. For in that day you shall know the hidden purposes in all things. And you shall bless darkness as you would bless light. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Yet you shall not deplore having known blindness, nor regret having been deaf. For in that day you shall know the hidden purposes in all things. And you shall bless darkness as you would bless light.


Quote: Between the shores of the oceans and the summit of the highest mountain is a secret route that you must absolutely take before being one with the sons of the Earth. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Between the shores of the oceans and the summit of the highest mountain is a secret route that you must absolutely take before being one with the sons of the Earth.


Quote: I have never agreed with my other self wholly. The truth of the matter seems to lie between us. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

I have never agreed with my other self wholly. The truth of the matter seems to lie between us.


Quote: They have exiled me now from their society and I am pleased, because humanity does not exile except the one whose noble spirit rebels against despotism and oppression. He who does not prefer exile to slavery is not free by any measure of freedom. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

They have exiled me now from their society and I am pleased, because humanity does not exile except the one whose noble spirit rebels against despotism and oppression. He who does not prefer exile to slavery is not free by any measure of freedom.


Quote: In every winter's heart there is a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night there is a shining dawn. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

In every winter's heart there is a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night there is a shining dawn.


Quote: No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: A truly religious man does not embrace a religion; and he who embraces one has no religion. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

A truly religious man does not embrace a religion; and he who embraces one has no religion.


Quote: Men who do not forgive women their little faults will never enjoy their great virtues. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Men who do not forgive women their little faults will never enjoy their great virtues.


Quote: How can I lose faith in the justice of life, when the dreams of those who sleep upon feathers are not more beautiful than the dreams of those who sleep upon the earth? by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

How can I lose faith in the justice of life, when the dreams of those who sleep upon feathers are not more beautiful than the dreams of those who sleep upon the earth?


Quote: For what is prayer but the expansion of your self into the living ether? by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

For what is prayer but the expansion of your self into the living ether?


Quote: For in truth it is life that gives unto life-while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

For in truth it is life that gives unto life-while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.


Quote: Strange that creatures without backbones have the hardest shells. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Strange that creatures without backbones have the hardest shells.


Quote: And one of the elders of the city, said, speak to us of good and evil.
And he answered:
You are good in countless ways, and you are not evil when you are not good. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

And one of the elders of the city, said, speak to us of good and evil.
And he answered:
You are good in countless ways, and you are not evil when you are not good.


Quote: You are good when you walk to your goal firmly and with bold steps.
Yet you are not evil when you go thither limping.
For those who limp go not backwards.
But you who are strong and swift, see that you do not limp before the lame, deeming it kindness. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

You are good when you walk to your goal firmly and with bold steps.
Yet you are not evil when you go thither limping.
For those who limp go not backwards.
But you who are strong and swift, see that you do not limp before the lame, deeming it kindness.


Quote: Your house shall be not an anchor but a mast
It shall not be a glistening film that covers a wound, but an eyelid that guards the eye. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Your house shall be not an anchor but a mast
It shall not be a glistening film that covers a wound, but an eyelid that guards the eye.


Quote: Your house is your larger body. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Your house is your larger body.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Your house is your larger body. It grows in the sun and sleeps in the stillness of the night; and it is not dreamless. Does not your house dream, and dreaming, leave the city for grove or hilltop?


Quote: Desire is half of life, indifference is half of death. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Desire is half of life, indifference is half of death.


Quote: Philosophy began when man ate the produce of the earth and suffered indigestion. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Philosophy began when man ate the produce of the earth and suffered indigestion.


Quote: The most solid stone in the structure is the lowest one in the foundation. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The most solid stone in the structure is the lowest one in the foundation.


Quote: The real test of good manners is to be able to put up with bad manners pleasantly. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The real test of good manners is to be able to put up with bad manners pleasantly.


Quote: A bigot is a stone-deaf orator. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

A bigot is a stone-deaf orator.


Quote: Should we all confess our sins to one another we would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Should we all confess our sins to one another we would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality.


Quote: Solitude is a silent storm that breaks down all our dead branches; yet it sends our living roots deeper into the living heart of the living earth. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Solitude is a silent storm that breaks down all our dead branches; yet it sends our living roots deeper into the living heart of the living earth.


Quote: Persecution cannot harm him who stands by Truth. Did not Socrates fall proudly a victim in body? Was not Paul stoned for the sake of the Truth? It is our inner selves that hurt us when we disobey it, and it kills us when we betray it. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Persecution cannot harm him who stands by Truth. Did not Socrates fall proudly a victim in body? Was not Paul stoned for the sake of the Truth? It is our inner selves that hurt us when we disobey it, and it kills us when we betray it.


Quote: True love cannot be found where it truly does not exist, Nor can it be hidden where it truly does. Anonymous Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

True love cannot be found where it truly does not exist, Nor can it be hidden where it truly does. Anonymous Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love.


Quote: 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. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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.


Quote: And if you would know God, be not therefore a solver of riddles. Rather look about you and you shall see Him playing with your children. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

And if you would know God, be not therefore a solver of riddles. Rather look about you and you shall see Him playing with your children.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

And if you would know God, be not therefore a solver of riddles. Rather look about you and you shall see Him playing with your children. And look into space; you shall see Him walking in the cloud, outstretching His arms in the lightning and descending in rain. You shall see Him smiling in flowers, then rising and waving His hands in trees.


Quote: 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. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

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.


Quote: The thirst of soul is sweeter than the wine of material things, and the fear of spirit is dearer than the security of the body. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The thirst of soul is sweeter than the wine of material things, and the fear of spirit is dearer than the security of the body.


Quote: Your confidence in the people, and your doubt about them, are closely related to your self-confidence and your self-doubt. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Your confidence in the people, and your doubt about them, are closely related to your self-confidence and your self-doubt.




Quote: I learnt silence from the talkative. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

I learnt silence from the talkative.


Quote: Women opened the windows of my eyes and the doors of my spirit. Had it not been for the woman-mother, the woman-sister, and the woman-friend, I would have been sleeping among those who seek the tranquility of the world with their snoring. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Women opened the windows of my eyes and the doors of my spirit. Had it not been for the woman-mother, the woman-sister, and the woman-friend, I would have been sleeping among those who seek the tranquility of the world with their snoring.


Quote: Those to whom worshiping is a window, to open but also to shut, have not yet visited the house of their souls whose windows are open from dawn to dawn. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Those to whom worshiping is a window, to open but also to shut, have not yet visited the house of their souls whose windows are open from dawn to dawn.


Quote: For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.


Quote: The subtlest beauties in our life are unseen and unheard. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The subtlest beauties in our life are unseen and unheard.


Quote: Should you really open your eyes and see, you would behold your image in all images. And should you open your ears and listen, you would hear your own voice in all voices. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Should you really open your eyes and see, you would behold your image in all images. And should you open your ears and listen, you would hear your own voice in all voices.


Quote: Even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you, so the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you, so the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.


Quote: But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,
So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,
So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.


Quote: That deed which in our guilt we today call weakness, will appear tomorrow as an essential link in the complete chain of Man. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

That deed which in our guilt we today call weakness, will appear tomorrow as an essential link in the complete chain of Man.


Quote: I use hate as a weapon to defend myself; had I been strong, I would never have needed that kind of weapon. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

I use hate as a weapon to defend myself; had I been strong, I would never have needed that kind of weapon.


Quote: The I in me, my friend, dwells in the house of silence, and therein it shall remain for ever more, unperceived, unapproachable. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The I in me, my friend, dwells in the house of silence, and therein it shall remain for ever more, unperceived, unapproachable.




Quote: The shepherd will deny the diseased lamb in fear of the flock. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The shepherd will deny the diseased lamb in fear of the flock.


Quote: Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful.


Quote: Thus with my lips have I denounced you, while my heart, bleeding within me, called you tender names. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Thus with my lips have I denounced you, while my heart, bleeding within me, called you tender names.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Thus with my lips have I denounced you, while my heart, bleeding within me, called you tender names. It was love lashed by its own self that spoke. It was pride half slain that fluttered in the dust. It was my hunger for your love that raged from the housetop, while my own love, kneeling in silence, prayed your forgiveness.


Quote: Why dispute what we shall be, when we know not even what we are. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Why dispute what we shall be, when we know not even what we are.


Quote: Extreme torture is mute, and so we sat silent, petrified, like columns of marble buried under the sand of an earthquake. Neither wished to listen to the other because our heart-threads had become weak and even breathing would have broken them. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Extreme torture is mute, and so we sat silent, petrified, like columns of marble buried under the sand of an earthquake. Neither wished to listen to the other because our heart-threads had become weak and even breathing would have broken them.


Quote: Wit is often a mask. If you tear it you will find either genius irritated or cleverness juggling. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Wit is often a mask. If you tear it you will find either genius irritated or cleverness juggling.


Quote: Saying this, he turned his head toward the window as if he were trying to solve the problems of human existence by concentrating on the beauty of the universe. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Saying this, he turned his head toward the window as if he were trying to solve the problems of human existence by concentrating on the beauty of the universe.


Quote: Lovers embrace that which is between them rather than each other. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Lovers embrace that which is between them rather than each other.


Quote: The soul is an embryo in the body of Man, and the day of death is the Day of awakening, for it is the Great era of labour and the rich Hour of creation. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The soul is an embryo in the body of Man, and the day of death is the Day of awakening, for it is the Great era of labour and the rich Hour of creation.


Quote: When you were a wandering desire in the mist, I too was there, a wandering desire. Then we sought one another, and out of our eagerness dreams were born. And dreams were time limitless, and dreams were space without measure. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

When you were a wandering desire in the mist, I too was there, a wandering desire. Then we sought one another, and out of our eagerness dreams were born. And dreams were time limitless, and dreams were space without measure.


Quote: Only those beneath me can envy or hate me. I have never been envied nor hated; I am above no one. Only those above me can praise or belittle me. I have never been praised nor belittled; I am below no one. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Only those beneath me can envy or hate me. I have never been envied nor hated; I am above no one. Only those above me can praise or belittle me. I have never been praised nor belittled; I am below no one.


Quote: Strange, the desire for certain pleasures is a part of my pain. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Strange, the desire for certain pleasures is a part of my pain.


Quote: Let us disperse from our aloofness and serve the weak who made us strong, and cleanse the country in which we live. Let us teach this miserable nation to smile and rejoice with heaven's bounty and glory of life and freedom. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

Let us disperse from our aloofness and serve the weak who made us strong, and cleanse the country in which we live. Let us teach this miserable nation to smile and rejoice with heaven's bounty and glory of life and freedom.


Quote: He who does not see the angels and devils in the beauty and malice of life will be far removed from knowledge, and his spirit will be empty of affection. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

He who does not see the angels and devils in the beauty and malice of life will be far removed from knowledge, and his spirit will be empty of affection.


Quote: The highest virtue here may be least in another world. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

The highest virtue here may be least in another world.


Quote: We fear death, yet we long for slumber and beautiful dreams. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

We fear death, yet we long for slumber and beautiful dreams.




Quote: A man can be free without being great, but no man can be great without being free. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of photo of author Khalil Gibran with quote

A man can be free without being great, but no man can be great without being free.


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