My friend, I am not what I seem. Seeming is but a garment I wear — a care-woven garment that protects me from thy questionings and thee from my negligence. The "I" in me, my friend, dwells in the house of silence, and therein it shall remain for ever more, unperceived, unapproachable.

Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Lebanese

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Would that I were a dry well, and that the people tossed stones into me, for that would be easier than to be a spring of flowing water that the thirsty pass by, and from which they avoid drinking.

Dig anywhere in the earth and you will find a treasure, only you must dig with the faith of a peasant.

Hate is a dead thing. Who of you would be a tomb?

Haven't we heard that obvious beauty is the cause of many hidden distresses and deep suffering? Is not the beautiful moon, that inspires the poets, the same moon that angers the silence of the sea with a terrible roar?

Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.

Reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.

Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.

You were born together, and together you shall be for evermore.

A woman protested saying, "Of course it was a righteous war. My son fell in it."

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.

When you love you should not think you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Surely there is no greater gift to a man than that which turns all his aims into parching lips and all life into a fountain.

Even those who limp go not backward.

The sea that calls all things unto her calls me, and I must embark.