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Kahlil Gibran

Khalil Gibran (6 January 1883 - 10 April 1931) (also known as Kahlil Gibran; born Gibran Khalil Gibran) was an artist, poet and writer. He was born in Lebanon and spent much of his productive life in the United States.
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The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.

Kahlil Gibran

Once I, deemed myself a poet. But when I stood before him in Bethany I knew what is was to hold an instrument with but a single string before one who commands all instruments

Kahlil Gibran

The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is.

Kahlil Gibran

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.

Kahlil Gibran

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

Kahlil Gibran

Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.

Kahlil Gibran

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.

Kahlil Gibran

A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?

Kahlil Gibran

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?

Kahlil Gibran

Love is trembling happiness.

Kahlil Gibran

Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.

Kahlil Gibran

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief, But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.

Kahlil Gibran

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.

Kahlil Gibran

I am one of those who believe that spiritual progress is a rule of human life, but the approach to perfection is slow and painful. If a woman elevates herself in one respect and is retarded in another, it is because the rough trail that leads to the mountain peak is not free of ambushes of thieves and lairs of wolves.

Kahlil Gibran

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping, For only the hand of God can contain your hearts.

Kahlil Gibran

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.

Kahlil Gibran

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

Kahlil Gibran

Yesterday is but today's memory, tomorrow is today's dream.

Kahlil Gibran

If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

Kahlil Gibran

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

Kahlil Gibran

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

Kahlil Gibran

The optomist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.

Kahlil Gibran

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.

Kahlil Gibran

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.

Kahlil Gibran

He who does not seek advice is a fool. His folly blinds him to Truth and makes him evil, stubborn, and a danger to his fellow men.

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