A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on love and pain


Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love.
And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a great stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said:
When love beckons to you follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, "I am in the heart of God."
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill 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.11-14 (On Love)

Contributed by: Heather

A Quote by Italo Svevo on pain, love, life, and suffer

Pain and love -- the whole of life, in short -- cannot be looked on as a disease just because they make us suffer.

Italo Svevo

Contributed by: Amy

A Quote by William Ernest Henley on pain, pleasure, scoff, pray, and henley

Men may scoff, and men may pray, But they pay Every pleasure with a pain.

William Ernest Henley (1849 - 1903)

Source: Ballad of Truisms

Contributed by: Bekki

A Quote by Malaclypse the Younger on eris, will, desperation, chaos, freedom, burden, goddess, fear, pain, and war

One day Mal-2 asked the messenger spirit Saint Gulik to approach the
Goddess and request Her presence for some desperate advice. Shortly
afterwards the radio came on by itself, and an ethereal female Voice said
"O! Eris! Blessed Mother of Man! Queen of Chaos! Daughter of
Discord! Concubine of Confusion! O! Exquisite Lady, I beseech You to lift
a heavy burden from my heart!"
"I am filled with fear and tormented with terrible visions of pain.
Everywhere people are hurting one another, the planet is rampant with
injustices, whole societies plunder groups of their own people, mothers
imprison sons, children perish while brothers war. O, woe."
"But nobody wants it! Everybody hates it!"
At which moment She turned Herself into an aspirin commercial and
left the Polyfather stranded alone with his species.

Malaclypse the Younger

Source: Principia Discordia

Contributed by: Benjamin

A Quote by Peter Gabriel on change, dream, pain, people, power, and vision

From the Pain, come the Dream
from the Dream, come the Vision
from the Vision, come the People
and from the People, come the Power
from this Power, come the Change.

Peter Gabriel

Source: 14 Black Paintings, from Us

Contributed by: barefootdiva

A Quote by John Mayer on pain, love, fear, and life

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
Fear is a friend who's misunderstood
But I know the heart of life is good

John Mayer

Source: The Heart of Life; Album: Continuum

Contributed by: Becky

A Quote by Vanna Bonta on anger, hurt, and pain

Anger is a wound gone mad.

Vanna Bonta

Contributed by: andre

A Quote by Christina Feldman on buddhism, pain, emotion, and human beings

The human story is both personal and universal. Our personal experiences of pain and joy, grief and despair, may be unique to each of us in the forms they take; yet our capacity to feel grief, fear, loneliness, and rage, as well as delight, intimacy, joy, and ease, are our common bonds as human beings.

Christina Feldman

Source: The Best Buddhist Writing 2006 (Best Buddhist Writing)

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Christina Feldman on buddhism, emotions, experience, and pain

In the midst of despair or pain, you may be convinced that no one has ever felt this way before. Yet there is no pain you can experience that has not been experienced before by another in a different time or place. our emotional world is universal.

Christina Feldman

Source: The Best Buddhist Writing 2006 (Best Buddhist Writing)

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Socrates on goodness, life, death, soul, being, and pain

A good man cannot be harmed either in life or in death.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

Contributed by: Jonny D

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