Gibran Khalil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931), usually referred to in English as Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist, also considered a philosopher although he himself rejected the title. He is best known as the author of The Prophet, which was first published in the United States in 1923 and has since become one of the best-selling books of all time, having been translated into more than 100 languages.
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.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
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.
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.
What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt?
Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.
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.
The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.