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date: 25 February 2024

Kahlil Gibran 1883–1931
Lebanese-born American writer and painter 

  1. Are you a politician who says to himself: ‘I will use my country for my own benefit’?…Or are you a devoted patriot, who whispers in the ear of his inner self: ‘I love to serve my country as a faithful servant.’
    The New Frontier (1931), tr. Anthony R. Ferris in The Voice of the Master (1958); see Kennedy
  2. And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
    The Prophet (1923) ‘The Coming of the Ship’
  3. 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.
     
    The Prophet (1923) ‘On Children’
  4. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
    Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
    But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
    And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
     
    The Prophet (1923) ‘On Marriage’
  5. Work is love made visible.
    The Prophet (1923) ‘On Work’
  6. An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.
    Sand and Foam (1926)
  7. Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
    Sand and Foam (1926)
  8. Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.
    Sand and Foam (1926)
  9. No human relation gives one possession in another—every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone.
    Beloved Prophet: the love letters of Kahlil Gibran and Mary Haskell and her private journal (1972)