And what is fear of need but need itself?

Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Lebanese

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The real test of good manners is to be able to put up with bad manners pleasantly.

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

And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.

It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.

Then the gates of his heart were flung open, and his joy flew far over the sea. And he closed his eyes and prayed in the silences of his soul.

It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone... but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

We are all prisoners but some of us are in cells with windows and some without.

Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.

I have never agreed with my other self wholly. The truth of the matter seems to lie between us.

Jesus was not sent here to teach the people to build magnificent churches and temples amidst the cold wretched huts and dismal hovels. He came to make the human heart a temple, and the soul an altar, and the mind a priest.

Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.

A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.