Thursday, December 3, 2009
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
I just finished Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet Such beautiful poetry and so wise. I'd love to read everything Kahlil Gibran has ever written.
Quote about children: "You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you."
I love that quote because children have a wonderful grasp of raw honesty. They speak exactly what's on their minds and as adults we want to turn to them and say, "Honey, that's unacceptable." But, in reality we need to look to them and strive to incorporate their ability to be honest into our own daily lives.
*To know the pain of too much tenderness,
to be wounded by your own understanding of love.
*To the open-handed, the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving.
*You shall not want is you but know how to fill your hands.
*Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
*You talk when you caese to be at peace with your thoughts; when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips.
*Thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.
*Even those who limp go not backward.
*For this I bless you mpst:
You give much and know not that you give at all.
*You have sung to me in my aloneness, and I of your longings have built a tower in the sky.