105 Meaningful Quotes By Khalil Gibran
Khalil Gibran was a prolific Lebanese writer, visual artist and poet. While he was young he moved to United States with his family and enrolled himself to study art. He then kick-started his literary career and wrote in Arabic as well as English. He is considered as a literary and political rebel in the Arab world. His thoughts, writings and works broke the shackles of classical school. He is celebrated as a literary hero in Lebanon. He was a part of the ‘New York Pen League’ and renowned for his book ‘The Prophet’ in the English-speaking world. We have rounded some popular, inspiring, enlightening and motivating quotes and sayings by Khalil Gibran which have been gathered from the vast see of his magical writings, poems, thoughts, books, passages, other works and life. Take a look at the famous quotes and thoughts by Khalil Gibran that beautifully describe pain, love, life and everything in between.
If the grandfather of the grandfather of Jesus had known what was hidden within him, he would have stood humble and awe-struck before his soul. 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? Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration. Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them. Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain. What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt? Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation. Nor shall derision prove powerful against those who listen to humanity or those who follow in the footsteps of divinity, for they shall live forever. Forever. What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you? The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master. If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved. Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents. If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work. 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. Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth. The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply. The person you consider ignorant and insignificant is the one who came from God, that he might learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom. Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes. 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? Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms. Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. 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. You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed. When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies. They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve. Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people. Hallow the body as a temple to comeliness and sanctify the heart as a sacrifice to love; love recompenses the adorers. You have your ideology and I have mine. I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art. Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.' Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love. Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking. The just is close to the people's heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God. Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in the desert. 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 most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold. 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. A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge. Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert. No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. All that spirits desire, spirits attain. Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper. Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood. Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in your seeds. The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is. 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. Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow. 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. If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember. 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. Love is trembling happiness. Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being. Love... it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be. All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms. 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. And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love. Your friend is your needs answered. To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice. To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to. Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. 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? 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. I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires. 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. Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance. 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. Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all. Sadness is but a wall between two gardens. If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness. We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom? Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were. I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers. I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit. Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. 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. In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.