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Kahlil Gibran

Updated on April 25, 2012

Intro

Poet, philosopher, artist, prophet and writer, Kahlil Gibran was born in Bsharri, Lebanon in 1883. He was also known as Kahlil Gibran; born Gibran Khalil Gibran, Arabic: جبران خليل جبران, Syriac: ܓ̰ܒܪܢ ܚܠܝܠ ܓ̰ܒܪܢ) (born January 6, 1883; died April 10, 1931) He spent much of his productive life in the United States.

Gibran's best-known work is his masterpiece, The Prophet, a book of 26 poetic essays, has been translated into more than 20 languages.

sometimes it seems that my generation was very fortunate to be able to take the time to just stop and look, Gibran said about time....

..... yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is today's dream.....

Gibran said:-

Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil.

For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?

On Talking

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;

And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips,

and sound is a diversion and a pastime.

And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.

For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.

There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone.

The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.

And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth

which they themselves do not understand.

And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words.

In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence.

When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place,

let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.

Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;

For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered

When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more.

...some of Gibran's books:

Nymphs of the Valley (1910, poetry, in Arabic)

A Tear and a Smile (1914, poetry, in Arabic)

The Madman (1918)

The Forerunner (1920)

Spirits Rebellious (1920, poetry, in Arabic)

The Broken Wings (1922, poetry, in Arabic)

The Prophet (1923)

The Procession (1923, poetry, in Arabic)

The Storms (1923, poetry, in Arabic)

Sand and Foam (1926)

Jesus, the Son of Man (1928)

Statue of Khalil Gibran, Bcherre.
Statue of Khalil Gibran, Bcherre.

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