Kahlil Gibran

1883 - 1931

A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on life, wisdom, and desire

Verily all things move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet: 26 poetic essays, Pages: 49 (On Freedom)

Contributed by: Trishie

A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on friendship, communication, silence, listening, and absence

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.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay."
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
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.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And 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.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet, pp. 58-59 (On Friendship)

Contributed by: Zengirl

A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on acceptance and duality

If I accept the sunshine
and warmth,
then I must also accept
the thunder and lightning.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Contributed by: jdp

A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on love and desires

Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet, pp.13-14 (On Love)

Contributed by: Ola

A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on voice, eagle, fly, grow, enlighten, move, alone, and independence

A voice cannot carry the tongue and the lips that gave it wings. Alone must it seek the ether.
And alone and without its nest shall the eagle fly across the sun.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet: 26 poetic essays, Pages: 4-5

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A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on joy and sorrow

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The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet, On Joy and Sorrow

Contributed by: jdp

A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on experience, joy, sorrow, truth, wisdom, being, depth, emotions, and unmasked

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked... The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet: 26 poetic essays, Pages: 29 (On Joy and Sorrow)

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on listening, words, meaning, peace, silence, thought, bird, talking, fly, speaking, solitutde, meditation, chatter, gossip, and drapery talk

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.
For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet: 26 poetic essays, Pages: 60 (On Talking)

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on self-knowledge, soul, path, wisdom, purpose, mission, prophet, souls journey, and lotus

Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, ”I have found a truth.”
Say not, "I have found the path of the soul."  Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path."
For the soul walks upon all paths...
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet: 26 poetic essays, Pages: 55 (On Self-Knowledge)

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on marriage

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet: 26 poetic essays, Pages: 16 (On Marriage)

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

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