The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran

On Love

“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.”

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.”

On Giving

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

On Friendship

“For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desire, 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 their 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.”

On Beauty

“All these things you have said of beauty, yet in truth you spoke not of her but of needs unsatisfied, an beauty is not a need but an ecstasy. It is not a mouth thirsting not an empty hand stretched forth, but rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted. It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear, but rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears. It is not the sap within the furrowed bark, nor a wing attached to a claw, but rather a garden for ever in bloom and a flock of angels forever in flight.”

On Farewell

“You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link. This is but half the truth. You are also as strong as your strongest link. To measure you by you smallest deed is to reckon the power of ocean by the frailty of its foam. To judge you by your failures is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconsistency.”

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One thought on “The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran

  1. his thoughts on love and giving are two of my favorites. his ruminations on love remind us that love is a harsh teacher, but we must all go through its tough lessons. love Kahlil Gibran. he is universally accepted as one of the greatest poets and philosophers of the last century, a title fitting only for him and his words.

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