Khalil Gibran
On Pain by Khalil Gibran

On Pain by Khalil Gibran

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know ...

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Children by Khalil Gibran

Children by Khalil Gibran

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, 'Speak to us of Children.' And he said: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's ...

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The House Of Fortune Iii by Khalil Gibran

The House Of Fortune Iii by Khalil Gibran

My wearied heart bade me farewell and left for the House of Fortune. As he reached that holy city which the soul had blessed and worshipped, he commenced wondering, for he could ...

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The Madman – His Parables And Poems by Khalil Gibran

The Madman – His Parables And Poems by Khalil Gibran

You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen,--the seven masks I ...

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Freedom Xiv by Khalil Gibran

Freedom Xiv by Khalil Gibran

And an orator said, "Speak to us of Freedom." And he answered: At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom, Even as ...

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A Poet’s Death Is His Life Iv by Khalil Gibran

A Poet’s Death Is His Life Iv by Khalil Gibran

The dark wings of night enfolded the city upon which Nature had spread a pure white garment of snow; and men deserted the streets for their houses in search of warmth, while the ...

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Death Xxvii by Khalil Gibran

Death Xxvii by Khalil Gibran

Then Almitra spoke, saying, "We would ask now of Death." And he said: You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life? The ...

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Beauty Xxv by Khalil Gibran

Beauty Xxv by Khalil Gibran

And a poet said, 'Speak to us of Beauty.' Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide? And how shall you speak of her ...

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Joy And Sorrow Chapter Viii by Khalil Gibran

Joy And Sorrow Chapter Viii by Khalil Gibran

Then a woman said, "Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow." And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled ...

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A Tear And A Smile by Khalil Gibran

A Tear And A Smile by Khalil Gibran

I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart For the joys of the multitude.And I would not have the tears that sadness makes To flow from my every part turn into laughter. I would ...

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On Death by Khalil Gibran

On Death by Khalil Gibran

Then Almitra spoke, saying, 'We would ask now of Death.' And he said: You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life? The ...

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Marriage by Khalil Gibran

Marriage by Khalil Gibran

Then Almitra spoke again and said, 'And what of Marriage, master?' And he answered saying: You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together ...

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Good And Evil Xxii by Khalil Gibran

Good And Evil Xxii by Khalil Gibran

And one of the elders of the city said, "Speak to us of Good and Evil." And he answered: Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil. For what is evil but good tortured by ...

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A Visit From Wisdom by Khalil Gibran

A Visit From Wisdom by Khalil Gibran

In the stillness of night Wisdom came and stoodBy my bed. She gazed upon me like a tender motherAnd wiped away my tears, and said : 'I have heardThe cry of your spirit and I am ...

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God by Khalil Gibran

God by Khalil Gibran

In the ancient days, when the first quiver of speech came to my lips, I ascended the holy mountain and spoke unto God, saying, 'Master, I am thy slave. Thy hidden will is my law ...

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Eating And Drinking Chapter Vi by Khalil Gibran

Eating And Drinking Chapter Vi by Khalil Gibran

Then an old man, a keeper of an inn, said, "Speak to us of Eating and Drinking." And he said: Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant be ...

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Laughter And Tears Ix by Khalil Gibran

Laughter And Tears Ix by Khalil Gibran

As the Sun withdrew his rays from the garden, and the moon threw cushioned beams upon the flowers, I sat under the trees pondering upon the phenomena of the atmosphere, looking ...

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Pain by Khalil Gibran

Pain by Khalil Gibran

And a woman spoke, saying, 'Tell us of Pain.' And he said: Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that ...

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The Beauty Of Death Xiv by Khalil Gibran

The Beauty Of Death Xiv by Khalil Gibran

Part One - The CallingLet me sleep, for my soul is intoxicated with love and Let me rest, for my spirit has had its bounty of days and nights; Light the candles and burn the ...

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Chapter 9 – The Seven Selves by Khalil Gibran

Chapter 9 – The Seven Selves by Khalil Gibran

In the stillest hour of the night, as I lay half asleep, my seven selves sat together and thus conversed in whisper:First Self: Here, in this madman, I have dwelt all these years, ...

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A Poet’s Voice Xv by Khalil Gibran

A Poet’s Voice Xv by Khalil Gibran

Part OneThe power of charity sows deep in my heart, and I reap and gather the wheat in bundles and give them to the hungry. My soul gives life to the grapevine and I press its ...

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Let These Be Your Desires by Khalil Gibran

Let These Be Your Desires by Khalil Gibran

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself But if your love and must needs have desires, Let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook That sings its melody ...

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Love One Another by Khalil Gibran

Love One Another by Khalil Gibran

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.Ay, you shall be together even in the silent ...

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Clothes Chapter X by Khalil Gibran

Clothes Chapter X by Khalil Gibran

And the weaver said, "Speak to us of Clothes." And he answered: Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful. And though you seek in garments the ...

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Leave Me, My Blamer Xiii by Khalil Gibran

Leave Me, My Blamer Xiii by Khalil Gibran

Leave me, my blamer, For the sake of the love Which unites your soul with That of your beloved one; For the sake of that which Joins spirit with mothers Affection, and ties your ...

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Song Of The Flower Xxiii by Khalil Gibran

Song Of The Flower Xxiii by Khalil Gibran

I am a kind word uttered and repeated By the voice of Nature; I am a star fallen from the Blue tent upon the green carpet. I am the daughter of the elements With whom Winter ...

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Dead Are My People by Khalil Gibran

Dead Are My People by Khalil Gibran

Gone are my people, but I exist yet,Lamenting them in my solitude...Dead are my friends, and in their Death my life is naught but greatDisaster.The knolls of my country are ...

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Crime And Punishment Chapter Xii by Khalil Gibran

Crime And Punishment Chapter Xii by Khalil Gibran

Then one of the judges of the city stood forth and said, "Speak to us of Crime and Punishment." And he answered saying: It is when your spirit goes wandering upon the wind, That ...

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Before The Throne Of Beauty Xxvi by Khalil Gibran

Before The Throne Of Beauty Xxvi by Khalil Gibran

One heavy day I ran away from the grim face of society and the dizzying clamor of the city and directed my weary step to the spacious alley. I pursued the beckoning course of the ...

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Love by Khalil Gibran

Love by Khalil Gibran

Then said Almitra, 'Speak to us of Love.' And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said: When love ...

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Time Xxi by Khalil Gibran

Time Xxi by Khalil Gibran

And an astronomer said, "Master, what of Time?" And he answered: You would measure time the measureless and the immeasurable. You would adjust your conduct and even direct the ...

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Song Of The Soul Xxii by Khalil Gibran

Song Of The Soul Xxii by Khalil Gibran

In the depth of my soul there is A wordless song - a song that lives In the seed of my heart. It refuses to melt with ink on Parchment; it engulfs my affection In a transparent ...

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Song Of The Wave Xvii by Khalil Gibran

Song Of The Wave Xvii by Khalil Gibran

The strong shore is my beloved And I am his sweetheart. We are at last united by love, and Then the moon draws me from him. I go to him in haste and depart Reluctantly, with many ...

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The Life Of Love Xvi by Khalil Gibran

The Life Of Love Xvi by Khalil Gibran

SpringCome, my beloved; let us walk amidst the knolls, For the snow is water, and Life is alive from its Slumber and is roaming the hills and valleys. Let us follow the footprints ...

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The Creation I by Khalil Gibran

The Creation I by Khalil Gibran

The God separated a spirit from Himself and fashioned it into Beauty. He showered upon her all the blessings of gracefulness and kindness. He gave her the cup of happiness and ...

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Giving Chapter V by Khalil Gibran

Giving Chapter V by Khalil Gibran

Then said a rich man, "Speak to us of Giving." And he answered: You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. For ...

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Two Wishes Xi by Khalil Gibran

Two Wishes Xi by Khalil Gibran

In the silence of the night Death descended from God toward the earth. He hovered above a city and pierced the dwellings with his eyes. He say the spirits floating on wings of ...

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Friendship Ixx by Khalil Gibran

Friendship Ixx by Khalil Gibran

And a youth said, "Speak to us of Friendship." Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and ...

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Pleasure Xxiv by Khalil Gibran

Pleasure Xxiv by Khalil Gibran

Then a hermit, who visited the city once a year, came forth and said, "Speak to us of Pleasure." And he answered, saying: Pleasure is a freedom song, But it is not freedom. It is ...

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Houses Chapter Ix by Khalil Gibran

Houses Chapter Ix by Khalil Gibran

A mason came forth and said, "Speak to us of Houses." And he answered and said: Build of your imaginings a bower in the wilderness ere you build a house within the city walls. For ...

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Peace Xviii by Khalil Gibran

Peace Xviii by Khalil Gibran

The tempest calmed after bending the branches of the trees and leaning heavily upon the grain in the field. The stars appeared as broken remnants of lightning, but now silence ...

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Reason And Passion Xv by Khalil Gibran

Reason And Passion Xv by Khalil Gibran

And the priestess spoke again and said: "Speak to us of Reason and Passion." And he answered saying: Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your ...

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Prayer Xxiii by Khalil Gibran

Prayer Xxiii by Khalil Gibran

Then a priestess said, "Speak to us of Prayer." And he answered, saying: You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and ...

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Laws Xiii by Khalil Gibran

Laws Xiii by Khalil Gibran

Then a lawyer said, "But what of our Laws, master?" And he answered: You delight in laying down laws, Yet you delight more in breaking them. Like children playing by the ocean who ...

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Song Of Love Xxiv by Khalil Gibran

Song Of Love Xxiv by Khalil Gibran

I am the lover's eyes, and the spirit's Wine, and the heart's nourishment. I am a rose. My heart opens at dawn and The virgin kisses me and places me Upon her breast. I am the ...

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Buying And Selling Chapter Xi by Khalil Gibran

Buying And Selling Chapter Xi by Khalil Gibran

And a merchant said, "Speak to us of Buying and Selling." And he answered and said: To you the earth yields her fruit, and you shall not want if you but know how to fill your ...

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Teaching Xviii by Khalil Gibran

Teaching Xviii by Khalil Gibran

Then said a teacher, "Speak to us of Teaching." And he said: No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of our knowledge. The teacher ...

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Your Children by Khalil Gibran

Your Children by Khalil Gibran

Your children are not your children.They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.They come through you but not from you.And though they are with you, they belong ...

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A Lover’s Call Xxvii by Khalil Gibran

A Lover’s Call Xxvii by Khalil Gibran

Where are you, my beloved? Are you in that little Paradise, watering the flowers who look upon you As infants look upon the breast of their mothers? Or are you in your chamber ...

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Self-Knowledge Xvii by Khalil Gibran

Self-Knowledge Xvii by Khalil Gibran

And a man said, "Speak to us of Self-Knowledge." And he answered, saying: Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights. But your ears thirst for the sound of ...

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