Quotes by Kahlil Gibran

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Gibran Khalil Gibran (January 6, 1883 April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese poet and artist. His poetry is notable for its use of formal language and insights on topics of life using spiritual terms. He emigrated to Boston, USA in 1895 ... more

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To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
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.
Beauty in not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.
Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love.
March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.
It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.
The significance of a man is not in what he attains, but rather what he longs to attain.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.
The chemist who can extract from his heart's elements, compassion, respect, longing, patience, regret, surprise, and forgiveness and compound them into one can create that atom which is called love.
The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Your friend is your needs answered.
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
The teacher gives not of his wisdom, but rather of his faith and lovingness.
Life is indeed darkness save when there is urge, and all urge is blind save when there is knowledge, and all knowledge is vain save when there is work, and all work is empty save when there is love.
Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
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.
Say not, I have found the truth, but rather, I have found a truth.
Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.
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.
Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?
The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house as a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.
Give and Take... For to the bee a flower is a fountain if life And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy. - Kahlil Gibran
Work is love made visible. And if you can't work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of the people who work with joy.
No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
Let your best be for your friend...
An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.
Verily the kindness that gazes upon itself in a mirror turns to stone, and a good deed that calls itself by tender names becomes the parent to a curse.
Seek ye counsel of the aged for their eyes have looked on the faces of the years and their ears have hardened to the voices of Life. Even if their counsel is displeasing to you, pay heed to them.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hairs
My Soul is Heavy Laden with Its Fruits: Would that I were a dry well, and that the people tossed stones into me, for that would be easier than to be a spring of flowing water that the thirsty pass by, and from which they avoid drinking
Pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Your daily life is your temple and religion.
Solitude is the companion of sorrow as well as the companion of spiritual exaltation.
It is only when you are lost in your smaller selves that you seek the sky which you call God. Would that you might find paths into your vast selves.
The song that lies silent in the heart of a mother sings upon this lips of her child. --