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Born in 1883 / Died in 1931 / Lebanon / Arabic

Quotes by Khalil Gibran

Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.
If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
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?
A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland.
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.
Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.
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.
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.
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.
Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in you seeds.
All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.
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.
If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.
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.
The just is close to the people's heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God.
I am ungrateful to these teachers.
Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.
Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?