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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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?

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

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.

If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

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.

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.

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

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

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 deeper sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

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

If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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