Kahlil Gibran

A favourite writer of mine. Some inspiration for you all to read.

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.

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.

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.

Finally this piece…It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I have ever read.

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Who is your inspiration? Share some of your most treasured words here in the comments section if you wish.

In Peace

Paul x

4 thoughts on “Kahlil Gibran

  1. Anja says:

    🙂 Kahlil Gibran…a person can quote anything by him and it is just wondrous. A quote I always keep on me is from Mahatma Gandhi. We all have read or heard the quote about being the change we want to see in the world….but I was taught he didn’t utter those words like that. Instead he said this,
    “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him.We need not wait to see what others do.”
    I try to remind myself of that daily. 🙂

  2. Belinda Broughton says:

    you have singled out my favourite passages from The Prophet. mind you, there are more favourites! I read it first in my early teens and it sustained me through those awkward years of growing up. and still does.

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