Quotes from Khalil Gibran


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I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.


Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.


All that spirits desire, spirits attain.


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?


Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.


Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms.


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?


Love... it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be.


Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.


Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.


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


Work is love made visible. And if you cannot 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 those who work with joy.


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


But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.


When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.


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.


If in the twilight of memory we should meet once more, we shall speak again together and you shall sing to me a deeper song.


Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.


All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.


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.