You might have heard some of his poetry at weddings or just encountered his name on inspirational posters. Khalil Gibran was a deep and insightful writer who really had the most beautiful things to say about life.
The Best You have gathered 31 profound and joyous quotes from Khalil Gibran for you to enjoy, learn from and be inspired by.
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1.Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
2.In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
3.Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
4.I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
5.Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
6.If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.
7.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.
8.When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. 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.
9.But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
10.Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.
11.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.
12.Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
13.Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
14.Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
15.If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?
16.Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
17.Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.
18.We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
19.If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
20.I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
21.Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.
22.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.
23.Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
24.For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
25.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.
26.Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in the desert.
27.Love… it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be.
28.Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.
29.Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
30.To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
31.Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
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