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Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were.

If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were.

Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love. ---->>>

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 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.

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.

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.

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

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

Your friend is your needs answered. ---->>>

Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

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

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

If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom? ---->>>

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.

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.

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

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

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.

Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.

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? ---->>>

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

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

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

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

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.

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.

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

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

Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.

Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. ---->>>

Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.

Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. ---->>>

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.

Love is trembling happiness.

Love is trembling happiness.

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

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

I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.

I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.

Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

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

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

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

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.

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

Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. ---->>>

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you? ---->>>

Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.

Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.

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

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

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.

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.

Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents. ---->>>

What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt? ---->>>

Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert. ---->>>

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being. ---->>>

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

The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

You have your ideology and I have mine. ---->>>

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.

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.

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

Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms. ---->>>

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?

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. ---->>>

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

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

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. ---->>>

The just is close to the people's heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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? ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper. ---->>>

All that spirits desire, spirits attain. ---->>>

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.

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

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

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

No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

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.

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.

Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth. ---->>>

Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow. ---->>>

Hallow the body as a temple to comeliness and sanctify the heart as a sacrifice to love; love recompenses the adorers. ---->>>

They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember. ---->>>

Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them. ---->>>

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

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

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

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.

To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice. ---->>>

Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.' ---->>>

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

When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies. ---->>>

Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation. ---->>>

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

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

Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in your seeds.

Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in your seeds.

Biography

Nationality: Lebanese
Born: January 6, 1883
Birthplace:
Die: 04-10, 1931
Occupation: Poet
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Kahlil Gibran (; sometimes spelled Khalil; full Arabic name Gibran Khalil Gibran, Arabic: جبران خليل جبران‎‎ / ALA-LC: Jubrān Khalīl Jubrān or Jibrān Khalīl Jibrān) (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer of the New York Pen League (wikipedia)