But I say to you that when you work you fulfill a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born, And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life, And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life's inmost secret.

Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Lebanese

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Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.

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

Love gives nothing but itself, and takes nothing but from itself. Love does not possess, nor would it be possessed. And do not think that you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

I would not exchange the laughter of my heart for the fortunes of the multitudes.

You are the way and the wayfarers.

For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?

Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in the desert.

But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure.

We are richer in material wealth than those villagers; but their spirit is a nobler spirit than ours.

A Poet's Death is His Life.

Say not I have found the truth but rather I have found a truth.