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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Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.

If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.

Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?

You pray in your distress and in your need, would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.

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.

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.

All that spirits desire spirits attain.

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.

Coming generations will learn equality from poverty and love from woes.

I existed from all eternity and behold, I am here, and I shall exist till the end of time, for my being has no end.

When you work, you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.

Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

Of life's two chief prizes beauty and truth I found the first in a loving heart, and the second in a laborer's hand.

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.

I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance and affection to be art.

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