Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer of the New York Pen League. Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

You have your ideology and I have mine.

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

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

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