Kahlil Gibran Quotes

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They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
— Kahlil Gibran

children

A fact is a truth unsexed.
— Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam: A Book of Aphorisms)

facts

Work is love made visible.
— Kahlil Gibran

work

Love is trembling happiness.
— Kahlil Gibran

love

Knowledge is Life with wings.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Letters of Kahlil Gibran and Mary Haskell)

knowledge

Love is a trembling happiness.
— Kahlil Gibran
Your friend is your needs answered.
— Kahlil Gibran
Love, like death, changes everything.
— Kahlil Gibran
Kindness is the shadow of God in man.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Wisdom of Gibran)

kindness

A root is a flower that disdains fame.
— Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam: A Book of Aphorisms)

flowers

Passionate love is a quenchless thirst.
— Kahlil Gibran
You have your ideology and I have mine.
— Kahlil Gibran
Let there be spaces in our togetherness.
— Kahlil Gibran
All that spirits desire, spirits attain.
— Kahlil Gibran

ambition

Let there be spaces in your togetherness.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

marriage relationships

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.
— Kahlil Gibran

confusion

Trading is thieving, unless it is barter.
— Kahlil Gibran
All work is empty save when there is love.
— Kahlil Gibran
Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.
— Kahlil Gibran

sadness

A sense of humor is a sense of proportion.
— Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam: A Book of Aphorisms)

sense of humor

All work is empty save where there is love.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

work

There is no true wealth beyond a man's need.
— Kahlil Gibran
The truth that needs proof is only half true.
— Kahlil Gibran
Art is a step in the known toward the unknown.
— Kahlil Gibran (Spiritual Sayings of Kahlil Gibran)

art

No one believes the sincere except the honest.
— Kahlil Gibran
Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.
— Kahlil Gibran

exaggeration

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

beauty

Learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom.
— Kahlil Gibran

adversity

Your daily life is your temple and your religion.
— Kahlil Gibran
Faith perceives Truth sooner than Experience can.
— Kahlil Gibran
A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success.
— Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam: A Book of Aphorisms)

failure

Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms.
— Kahlil Gibran

doubt

Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
— Kahlil Gibran

freedom

An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.
— Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam)

exaggeration

If it were not for guests all houses would be graves.
— Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam)

guests

The freedom of the man who boasts of it is a slavery.
— Kahlil Gibran
Love knows not its depth till the hour of separation.
— Kahlil Gibran
One may not reach the dawn save by the path of the night.
— Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam)

adversity losing our way

Man merely discovers; we never can and never will invent.
— Kahlil Gibran
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
— Kahlil Gibran
Education sows not seeds in you, but makes your seeds grow.
— Kahlil Gibran
Life without Love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.
— Kahlil Gibran (A Second Treasury of Kahlil Gibran)

life love

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
— Kahlil Gibran

love

They are short-sighted who look only on the path they tread.
— Kahlil Gibran
Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
— Kahlil Gibran

dreams

Kindness is like a snow. It beautifies everything it covers.
— Kahlil Gibran
Sayings remain meaningless until they are embodied in habits.
— Kahlil Gibran
The nets of the law are devised to catch small criminals only.
— Kahlil Gibran
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
— Kahlil Gibran
Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert.
— Kahlil Gibran

revolt

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

today

Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in your seeds.
— Kahlil Gibran
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

Giving

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

faith

If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?
— Kahlil Gibran

heart

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

doubt faith

He who requires urging to do a noble act will never accomplish it.
— Kahlil Gibran
Philosophy's work is finding the shortest path between two points.
— Kahlil Gibran (Spiritual Sayings of Kahlil Gibran)

philosophy

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
— Kahlil Gibran
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
— Kahlil Gibran
The sultan of sultans is one who has gained the love of the pauper.
— Kahlil Gibran
Civilization commenced when man first dug the earth and sowed seeds.
— Kahlil Gibran
Courage, which is the sixth sense, finds the shortest way to triumph.
— Kahlil Gibran
Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth.
— Kahlil Gibran
Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

truth

Where can I find a man governed by reason instead of habits and urges?
— Kahlil Gibran
Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'
— Kahlil Gibran

truth

Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
— Kahlil Gibran

friendship

The virtue of some of the rich is that they teach us to despise wealth.
— Kahlil Gibran
To love life through labor is to be intimate with life's inmost secret.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

labor

All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.
— Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam)

words

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

pain

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

equality

Most writers mend their tattered thoughts with patches from dictionaries.
— Kahlil Gibran
Enthusiasm is a volcano on whose top never grows the grass of hesitation.
— Kahlil Gibran (Spiritual Sayings of Kahlil Gibran)

enthusiasm

To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.
— Kahlil Gibran
The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.
— Kahlil Gibran
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
— Kahlil Gibran

children

The most solid stone in the structure is the lowest one in the foundation.
— Kahlil Gibran
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
— Kahlil Gibran

poetry

When I planted my pain in the field of patience it bore fruit of happiness.
— Kahlil Gibran
The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.
— Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam: A Book of Aphorisms)

dreams

We are the warriors in the battle of Life, but some lead and others follow.
— Kahlil Gibran
You are the bows from which your children, as living arrows, are sent forth.
— Kahlil Gibran
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
— Kahlil Gibran

sorrow

When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.
— Kahlil Gibran
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
— Kahlil Gibran

progress

For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
— Kahlil Gibran
Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love.
— Kahlil Gibran

love

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
— Kahlil Gibran

generosity pride

Inspiration is in seeing a part of the whole with the part of the whole in you.
— Kahlil Gibran
Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow.
— Kahlil Gibran

enthusiasm

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
— Kahlil Gibran

friendship

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
— Kahlil Gibran
To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.
— Kahlil Gibran
We shall never understand each other until we reduce the language to seven words.
— Kahlil Gibran

language

Zeal is a volcano, on the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Vision: Reflections on the Way of the Soul)

zeal

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

love

We shall never understand one another until we reduce the language to seven words.
— Kahlil Gibran
If existence had not been better than non-existence, there would have been no being.
— Kahlil Gibran
History does not repeat itself except in the minds of those who do not know history.
— Kahlil Gibran
If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.
— Kahlil Gibran
Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?
— Kahlil Gibran
Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
— Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam)

faith

Does the song of the seas end at the shore or in the hearts of those who listen to it?
— Kahlil Gibran
Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
— Kahlil Gibran

art

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

charity Giving

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.
— Kahlil Gibran

rights

The just is close to the people's heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God.
— Kahlil Gibran

justice mercy

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
— Kahlil Gibran (A Second Treasury of Kahlil Gibran)

action knowledge

The significance of a man is not what he attains, but rather in what he longs to attain.
— Kahlil Gibran
What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt?
— Kahlil Gibran

the world

Our souls traverse spaces in Life which are not measurable by Time, that invention of man.
— Kahlil Gibran
The truly great man is one who would master no one, and one who would be mastered by none.
— Kahlil Gibran
Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.
— Kahlil Gibran

advice

How can we hear the song of the field while our ears have the clamor of the city to swallow?
— Kahlil Gibran
Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.
— Kahlil Gibran
Let there be spaces in your togetherness
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
— Kahlil Gibran
When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.
— Kahlil Gibran

work

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

perception

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

pain

Poetry is a flash of lightning; it becomes mere composition when it is an arrangement of words.
— Kahlil Gibran
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and winds long to play with your hair.
— Kahlil Gibran
Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.
— Kahlil Gibran
When Life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a philosopher to speak her mind.
— Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam)

philosophers

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself.
— Kahlil Gibran
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
— Kahlil Gibran

business career work

For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

thoughts

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

nature

When you work you fulfill a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born.
— Kahlil Gibran
They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.
— Kahlil Gibran
I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant and kindness from the unkind.
— Kahlil Gibran
If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
— Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam)

secrets

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life.
— Kahlil Gibran
I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind.
— Kahlil Gibran
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

love

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns, the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.
— Kahlil Gibran (Spiritual Sayings of Kahlil Gibran)

optimism pessimism

Your friend is your needs answered.  He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

friendship

No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half a sleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
— Kahlil Gibran
There is a space between man's imagination and man's attainment that may only be traversed by his longing.
— Kahlil Gibran

imagination

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

self-reliance

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

Giving

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

dreams interesting

Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.
— Kahlil Gibran

poverty

Your self consists of two selves; one imagines that it knows himself and the other that the people know him.
— Kahlil Gibran
You give but little when your give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
— Kahlil Gibran
The poet is one who makes you feel, after reading his poems, that his best verses have not yet been composed.
— Kahlil Gibran
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
— Kahlil Gibran

love

In every winter's heart there is a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night there is a smiling dawn.
— Kahlil Gibran

adversity hope

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honour in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
— Kahlil Gibran

death

I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.
— 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.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Treasured Writings of Kahlil Gibran)

aspiration understanding others

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

famous love

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

the self

The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.
— Kahlil Gibran

comfort

The lust for comfort: that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.
— Kahlil Gibran
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.
— Kahlil Gibran

wisdom

Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a labourer's hand.
— Kahlil Gibran

beauty love truth work

When someone invents a machine, he runs it; then the machine begins to run him, and he becomes the slave of his slave.
— Kahlil Gibran
Hallow the body as a temple to comeliness and sanctify the heart as a sacrifice to love; love recompenses the adorers.
— Kahlil Gibran
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.
— Kahlil Gibran

generosity

Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.
— Kahlil Gibran
Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
— Kahlil Gibran

adversity pain

I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
— Kahlil Gibran
Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.
— Kahlil Gibran

wisdom

Generosity is not in giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is in giving me that which you need more than I do.
— Kahlil Gibran (Sand and Foam)

generosity

Is there any place where there is no traffic in empty talk?  Is there on this earth one who does not worship himself talking?
— Kahlil Gibran (Thoughts and Reflections)

talking

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.  And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

joy laughter suffering

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.
— Kahlil Gibran

for teachers teaching

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

prayer

Yet the timeless in you is aware of life's timelessness,
And knows that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

today yesterday

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

moving forward

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
Money is like love, it kills slowly and painfully the man who withholds it, and it enlivens the other who turns it upon his fellow men.
— 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 (The Vision: Reflections on the Way of the Soul)

kneeling

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.
— Kahlil Gibran

greatness how to live life philosophy wisdom

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.
— Kahlil Gibran

moving forward

God has placed in each soul an apostle to lead us upon the illumined path.  Yet many seek life from without, unaware that it is within them.
— Kahlil Gibran (Kahlil Gibran: Wings of Thought)

self-reliance

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.
— Kahlil Gibran

equality

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.
— Kahlil Gibran
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.
— Kahlil Gibran

brotherhood of man spiritual

The reality of music is in that vibration that remains in the ear after the singer finishes his song and the player no longer plucks the strings.
— Kahlil Gibran
Or have you only comfort, and the lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master?
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

comfort

I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
— Kahlil Gibran

wisdom

Yes, there is a nirvana; it is in 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
In much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.  For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

talking

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

interesting

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.
— Kahlil Gibran

faith

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.
— Kahlil Gibran

time

The philosopher's soul dwells in his head, the poet's soul is in his heart; the singer's soul lingers about his throat, but the soul of the dancer abides in all her body.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Wanderer)

dancing

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

absence friendship

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.
— Kahlil Gibran

love

Love, like a running brook, is disregarded, taken for granted; but when the brook freezes over, then people begin to remember how it was when it ran, and they want it to run again.
— Kahlil Gibran (Kahlil Gibran: Man and Poet)

love

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.
— Kahlil Gibran

attitude

Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighbouring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?
— Kahlil Gibran

justice war

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.
— Kahlil Gibran

helping others

A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm [and] arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland.
— Kahlil Gibran (The Treasured Writings of Kahlil Gibran)

poets

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.
— Kahlil Gibran

know yourself the self

The chemist who can extract from his heart's elements, compassion, respect, longing, patience, regret, surprise, and forgiveness and compound them into one can create that atom which is called love.
— Kahlil Gibran
In the mouth of Society are many diseased teeth, decayed to the bones of the jaws.  But Society makes no effort to have them extracted and be rid of the affliction.  It contents itself with gold fillings.
— Kahlil Gibran (Thoughts and Meditations)

society

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.
— Kahlil Gibran

work

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.
— Kahlil Gibran

love

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
You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
— Kahlil Gibran

children

It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.
— Kahlil Gibran
Money is like a stringed instrument; he who does not know how to use it properly will hear only discordant music.  Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.
— Kahlil Gibran (A Treasury of Kahlil Gibran)

money

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.
— Kahlil Gibran

joy sorrow

The "I" in me, my friend, dwells in the house of silence, and therein it shall remain for ever more, unperceived, unapproachable. I would not have thee believe in what I say nor trust in what I do — for my words are naught but thy own thoughts in sound and my deeds thy own hopes in action.
— Kahlil Gibran

identity perception