Kahlil Gibran quotes page 1
Kahlil Gibran is the third bestselling poet of all times, who was also famous as a
philosopher, artist and writer. He became the pride of Arabic speaking people all across the world, who thought him
to be a genius of his time. However, his work and fame went far beyond the Arab world, making him one of the most
important figures in art and literature. Gubran Khalil Gubran was born on January 6th 1883 in Bsharri, Lebanon to a
Maronite Catholic family. His irresponsible behavior towards his family invited untold suffering and poverty, so
Gibran didn't go through any formal education at first, although he was frequently visited by priests who taught
him about Arabic, the Bible and other Syriac languages. In 1895 his mother decided to move to the United States
with him and his siblings right after his father was imprisoned for fraudulent activities and was unable to support
the family. Once in Boston, Gibran began going to a school where he was registered under the name Khalil Gibran by
accident. This became his identity for the rest of this life. Gibran also went to an art school where he met Fred
Holland Day, an avant-garde photographer, artist and publisher, who encouraged Gibran in his art. For a short time
he went back to Lebanon as a teenager and studied at an institute in Beirut. Later, he returned to Boston when both
his sister and brother died of tuberculosis followed by his mother's demise due to cancer, shortly after. Around
this period, Gibran set out on a literary and artistic career. During this period, he held many art exhibitions in
different parts of the country and made lifelong friendships with important people like Charlotte Teller, Elizabeth
Haskell, Youssef Howayek, Emilie Michel and Mikhail Naimy. In 1908, he went to Paris for two years of art study.
Even though his early works of writing were in Arabic, much of his work after 1918 was found to be in English. His
writing mostly focuses around spirituality and religions like Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Islamic Sufism and
theosophy. His profound verses and formal writing style explain the mysteries of life and spirituality and have
kept people from all around the world captivated. He is most known for The Prophet, which has a total of 26 poetic
essays within it: It is part of the New Age and American counterculture movements and is among the bestselling
books from the twentieth century. The best part is, it has never gone out of print since it was released in 1923.
Some of his other important works include Secrets of the Heart, The Wanderer, the Madman, Jesus, The Son of Many,
The Beloved, The Earth Gods and Eye of the Prophet. He died on April 10th, 1931 of tuberculosis and liver cirrhosis
in New York City, and was buried in Lebanon as he requested.
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
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.
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will
walk away not knowing that you are my life.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that
you truly give.
The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and
beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.
Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.
It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love
someone. But it takes a lifetime to forget someone.
To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.
I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance,
and affection to be art.
I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the
unkind. I should not be ungrateful to these teachers.
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to
truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
Enthusiasm is a volcano on whose top never grows the grass of hesitation.
Your reason and your passion are your rudder and sails of your seafaring soul, if either your
sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in
mid-seas. For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame
that burns to its own destruction.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among
those without dreams and desires.
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of
strength and resolution.
Love is the only freedom in the world because it so elevates the spirit that the laws of
humanity and the phenomena of nature do not alter its course.
And God said, "Love your enemy," and I obeyed Him and loved myself.
Those who give you a serpent when you ask for a fish, may have nothing but serpents to
give. It is then generosity on their part.
Solitude has soft, silky hands, but with strong fingers it grasps the heart and makes it ache
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.
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew
of little things, does the heart find its morning and is refreshed.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but
at what he aspires to.
Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.
Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.
In every winter's heart there is a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night there is a
Desire is half of life, indifference is half of death.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to
Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can
not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all
you are beyond that pain.
If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don't,
they never were.
You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.