Kahlil Gibran

Yesterday, I discovered Kahlil Gibran…….

…now, don’t throw cyber stones at me if you already knew him. Somehow, I didn’t. I was in sleep mode and decided to watch something to keep me alive awake and found this interview recording and on there, the guest quoted him;

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives? 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.

This made me look up some other quotes from him that I thought I should share.

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolutions.

Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.

I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.

Beauty in not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.

It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.

When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.

The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

Every man loves two women; the one is the creation of his imagination and the other is not yet born.

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in your seeds.

God made Truth with many doors to welcome every believer who knocks on them.

If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.

If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

In the sweetness of friendship; let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.

It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.

In battling evil, excess is good; for he who is moderate in announcing the truth is presenting half-truth. He conceals the other half out of fear of the people’s wrath.

Yes, there is a Nirvana; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.

Yesterday is but today’s memory, tomorrow is today’s dream.

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.

Kahlil Gibran

He’s probably got lots more. I hope there’s just one or two in there that gives you a broader perspective on a few things. 🙂

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