The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.

Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Lebanese

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Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.

I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.

Arbeit ist sichtbar gemachte Liebe.

A great singer is he who sings our silences.

Solitude has soft, silky hands, but with strong fingers it grasps the heart and makes it ache with sorrow.

Ready am I to go, and my eagerness with sails full set awaits the wind. 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.

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?

Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.

Let your home be you mast and not your anchor.

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.

For the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; And you would accept.

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