Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.

Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Lebanese

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A hermit is one who renounces the world of fragments that he may enjoy the world wholly and without interruption.

All you have shall some day be given; therefore give now that the season of giving is yours and not your inheritors.

An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.

The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all space, but he cannot give you the ear which arrests the rhythm, nor the voice that echoes it.

Love is the only freedom in this world, because it elevates the soul to a lofty station that cannot be attained by the laws and customs of human beings or conquered by the laws of nature.

Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights. But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's knowledge. You would know in words that which you have always known in thought. You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

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.

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.

And there are those who have little and give it all.

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.

The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.

Who can separate his faith from his actions, or his belief from his occupations? Who can spread his hours before him, saying, 'This for God and this for myself; This for my soul, and this other for my body?