Extreme torture is mute, and so we sat silent, petrified, like columns of marble buried under the sand of an earthquake. Neither wished to listen to the other because our heart-threads had become weak and even breathing would have broken them.

Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Lebanese

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It is said that unsophistication makes a man empty and that emptiness makes him carefree.

When you see a man led to prison say in your heart, "Mayhap he is escaping from a narrower prison." And when you see a man drunken say in your heart, "Mayhap he sought escape from something still more unbeautiful.

And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream.

If you would rise but a cubit above race and country and self you would indeed become godlike.

As ones gifts increase his friends decrease.

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

Shall there come a day when wise men are able to unite the dreams of youth and the delights of learning as reproach brings together hearts in conflict? Shall there come a day when man's teacher is nature, and humanity is his book.

All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.

I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.

Art is a step in the known toward the unknown.

Only another breath will I breathe in this still air, only another loving look cast backward, And then I shall stand among you a seafarer among seafarers.

Thus with my lips have I denounced you, while my heart, bleeding within me, called you tender names.

Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.