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Born in 1883 / Died in 1931 / Lebanon / Arabic

Quotes by Khalil Gibran

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.
What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt?
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
We were a silent, hidden thought in the folds of oblivion, and we have become a voice that causes the heavens to tremble.
They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.
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.
The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is.
Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow.
Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
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.
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.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.
Love... It surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be.
Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
The tears that you spill, the sorrowful, are sweeter than the laughter of snobs and the guffaws of scoffers.
Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.
For what is it to die, but to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?
The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.