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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Generosity is giving more than you can and pride is taking less than you need.

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

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

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

Your friend is your needs answered.

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

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.

When we turn to one another for counsel, we reduce the number of our enemies.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms.

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

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

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

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.

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