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Kahlil Gibran

  • No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

  • They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.

  • All that spirits desire spirits attain.

  • The significance of a man is not in what he attains but rather in what he longs to attain.

  • An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.

  • The tiny flame that lights up the human heart is like a blazing touch that comes down from heaven to light up the paths of mankind. For in one soul are contained the hopes and feelings of all Mankind.

  • The biggest thing in today's sorrow is the memory of yesterday's 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.

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

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

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

  • In much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.

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

  • Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.

  • Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

  • 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.

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

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

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

  • An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.

  • Reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.

  • Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manifestation of nature agree to find new shapes.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

  • Let there be spaces in your togetherness.

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

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