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356 Inspiring Quotes by Kahlil Gibran

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Wikipedia Summary for Kahlil Gibran

Gibran Khalil Gibran (Arabic: جبران خليل جبران‎, ALA-LC: Jubrān Khalīl Jubrān, pronounced [ʒʊˈbraːn xaˈliːl ʒʊˈbraːn], or Jibrān Khalīl Jibrān, pronounced [ʒɪˈbraːn xaˈliːl ʒɪˈbraːn]; January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931), usually referred to in English as Kahlil Gibran (pronounced kah-LEEL ji-BRAHN), was a Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist, also considered a philosopher although he himself rejected the title. He is best known as the author of The Prophet, which was first published in the United States in 1923 and has since become one of the best-selling books of all time, having been translated into more than 100 languages.

Born in a village of the Ottoman-ruled Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate to a Maronite family, the young Gibran immigrated with his mother and siblings to the United States in 1895. As his mother worked as a seamstress, he was enrolled at a school in Boston, where his creative abilities were quickly noticed by a teacher who presented him to photographer and publisher F. Holland Day. Gibran was sent back to his native land by his family at the age of fifteen to enroll at the Collège de la Sagesse in Beirut. Returning to Boston upon his youngest sister's death in 1902, he lost his older half-brother and his mother the following year, seemingly relying afterwards on his remaining sister's income from her work at a dressmaker's shop for some time.

In 1904, Gibran's drawings were displayed for the first time at Day's studio in Boston, and his first book in Arabic was published in 1905 in New York City. With the financial help of a newly met benefactress, Mary Haskell, Gibran studied art in Paris from 1908 to 1910. While there, he came in contact with Syrian political thinkers promoting rebellion in the Ottoman Empire after the Young Turk Revolution; some of Gibran's writings, voicing the same ideas as well as anti-clericalism, would eventually be banned by the Ottoman authorities. In 1911, Gibran settled in New York, where his first book in English, The Madman, would be published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1918, with writing of The Prophet or The Earth Gods also underway. His visual artwork was shown at Montross Gallery in 1914, and at the galleries of M. Knoedler & Co. in 1917. He had also been corresponding remarkably with May Ziadeh since 1912. In 1920, Gibran re-founded the Pen League with fellow Mahjari poets. By the time of his death at the age of 48 from cirrhosis and incipient tuberculosis in one lung, he had achieved literary fame on "both sides of the Atlantic Ocean," and The Prophet had already been translated into German and French. His body was transferred to his birth village of Bsharri (in present-day Lebanon), to which he had bequeathed all future royalties on his books, and where a museum dedicated to his works now stands.

As worded by Suheil Bushrui and Joe Jenkins, Gibran's life has been described as one "often caught between Nietzschean rebellion, Blakean pantheism and Sufi mysticism." Gibran discussed different themes in his writings, and explored diverse literary forms. Salma Khadra Jayyusi has called him "the single most important influence on Arabic poetry and literature during the first half of [the twentieth] century," and he is still celebrated as a literary hero in Lebanon. At the same time, "most of Gibran's paintings expressed his personal vision, incorporating spiritual and mythological symbolism," with art critic Alice Raphael recognizing in the painter a classicist, whose work owed "more to the findings of Da Vinci than it [did] to any modern insurgent." His "prodigious body of work" has been described as "an artistic legacy to people of all nations."

people walking on hallway

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.

--Kahlil Gibran

blue, yellow, and purple starry sky during nighttime

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love, but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward, nor tarries with yesterday.



green palm plant

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.

--Kahlil Gibran

purple flowers under sunny sky

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.

--Kahlil Gibran

black textile on white textile

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.

--Kahlil Gibran

white wall paint beside white wall

For a love to grow through the test of everyday living, one must respect that zone of privacy where one retires to relate to the inside instead of the outside.

--Kahlil Gibran

sunset grasslands

Philosophy began when man ate the produce of the earth and suffered indigestion.

--Kahlil Gibran

landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.

--Kahlil Gibran

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

The voice of life in me cannot reach the ear of life in you; but let us talk that we may not feel lonely.

--Kahlil Gibran


blue sky with white clouds

And think not you can direct the course of love, For love, If it finds you worthy, Directs your course.

--Kahlil Gibran

gray elephant

Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

--Kahlil Gibran

sunset forest

Tortoises can tell you more about the road than hares.

--Kahlil Gibran

white pendant lamp

You may strive to be like them but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

--Kahlil Gibran

black textile on white background

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care, nor your nights without a want and a grief, but rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.

--Kahlil Gibran


round analog watch with black leather strap on top of white wooden surface

If I extend an empty hand and in retrieving it and finding it still empty, I feel disappointment, that is foolishness; yet if I extend a hand which is full and yet find no one to receive it, then that is hopelessness.

--Kahlil Gibran

backdrop

And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone. Ay, and he falls for those ahead of him, who though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone.

--Kahlil Gibran

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

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

--Kahlil Gibran


city lights from hill

Sow a seed and the earth will yield you a flower.
Dream your dream to the sky and it will bring you your beloved.

--Kahlil Gibran

empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.

--Kahlil Gibran

pink flowers in vase

Some who are too scrupulous to steal your possessions nevertheless see no wrong in tampering with your thoughts.

--Kahlil Gibran

man holding smartphone in close up photography

Should you really open your eyes and see, you would behold your image in all images. And should you open your ears and listen, you would hear your own voice in all voices.

--Kahlil Gibran

man riding on white horse on the hill

Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?

--Kahlil Gibran



brown and gray brick wall

I deserted the world and sought solitude because I became tired of rendering courtesy to those multitudes who believe that humility is a sort of weakness, and mercy a kind of cowardice, and snobbery a form of strength.

--Kahlil Gibran

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.

--Kahlil Gibran

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?

--Kahlil Gibran

woman lying on pool

You hate Jesus because someone from the North Country said He was the Son of God. But you hate one another because each of you deems himself too great to be the brother of the next man.

--Kahlil Gibran


yellow sunflower in close up photography

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

--Kahlil Gibran

white wooden dock on white sand

And that which sings and contemplates in you is still dwelling within the bounds of that first moment which scattered the stars into space.

--Kahlil Gibran

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.

--Kahlil Gibran

purple flowers under sunny sky

The true wealth of a nation lies not in it's gold or silver but in it's learning, wisdom and in the uprightness of its sons.

--Kahlil Gibran

yellow flower

I learnt silence from the talkative.

--Kahlil Gibran

time lapse photography body of water

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.

--Kahlil Gibran


person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier

Disagreement may be the shortest cut between two minds.

--Kahlil Gibran

silhouette photo of aurora borealis

Work with love, it is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart.

--Kahlil Gibran

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

If it were not for our conception of weights and measures we would stand in awe of the firefly as we do before the sun.

--Kahlil Gibran

white and blue building under clear sky

Cover me with soft earth, and let each handful be mixed With seeds ofjasmine, lilies, and myrtle; and when they Grow above me and thrive on my body's element they will Breathe the fragrance of my heart into space.

--Kahlil Gibran

white tulips with green leaves

God created music as a common language for all men. It inspires the poets, the composers and the architects. It lures us to search our souls for the meaning of the mysteries described in ancient books.

--Kahlil Gibran

person standing on rock formation during daytime

Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.

--Kahlil Gibran

green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

--Kahlil Gibran


silhouette of mountain under starry night

Your body is the harp of the soul.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

Your body is the harp of your soul and it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds.


brown and gray brick wall

A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?

--Kahlil Gibran

person cooking on seashore

For love is sufficient unto love.

--Kahlil Gibran

blue boat on sand near body of water during daytime

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?

--Kahlil Gibran

bare trees under blue sky

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasure. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

--Kahlil Gibran

selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.

--Kahlil Gibran

elephants on green grass field during daytime

Make me, oh God, the prey of the Lion, ere you make the rabbit my prey.

--Kahlil Gibran


lights pattern swirls

In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond.

--Kahlil Gibran

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

The just is close to the people's heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God.

--Kahlil Gibran

girl and boy figurines

The wolves prey upon the lambs in the darkness of the night, but the blood stains remain upon the stones in the valley until the dawn comes, and the sun reveals the crime to all.

--Kahlil Gibran

Oak Creek Sedona

Passionate love is a quenchless thirst.

--Kahlil Gibran


flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

Keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life.

--Kahlil Gibran


black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

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

--Kahlil Gibran


green trees

For in truth it is life that gives unto life-while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness.

--Kahlil Gibran

five woman standing on seashore

When you reach the heart of life you shall find beauty in all things, even in the eyes that are blind to beauty.

--Kahlil Gibran

galaxy wallpaper

Love passes by us, robed in meekness; but we flee from her in fear, or hide in the darkness; or else pursue her, to do evil in her name.

--Kahlil Gibran

shallow focus photo of white rose

A truly religious man does not embrace a religion; and he who embraces one has no religion.

--Kahlil Gibran

brown houses in front of hill under starry night

For what is prayer but the expansion of your self into the living ether?

--Kahlil Gibran

four handheld gardening tools on rack

When the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

--Kahlil Gibran

green trees under white clouds

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

--Kahlil Gibran

lightning strike at night

Say not, I have found the path of the soul Say rather, I have met the soul walking upon my path.

--Kahlil Gibran

person looking at the milkyway

The first glance from the eyes of the beloved is like the spirit that moved upon the face of the waters, giving birth to heaven and earth.

--Kahlil Gibran

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost.

--Kahlil Gibran

yellow and purple flower with white background

If in the twilight of memory we should meet once more, we shall speak again together and you shall sing to me a deeper song.

--Kahlil Gibran

woman carrying baby while walking

A word I want to see written on my grave: I am alive like you, and I am standing beside you. Close your eyes and look around, you will see me in front of you.

--Kahlil Gibran

backdrop

Am I a harp that the hand of the mighty may touch me, or a flute that his breath may pass through me? A seeker of silences am I, and what treasure have I found in silences that I may dispense with confidence?

--Kahlil Gibran

close up shot of white flower

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.

--Kahlil Gibran

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Your confidence in the people, and your doubt about them, are closely related to your self-confidence and your self-doubt.

--Kahlil Gibran

woman standing on sunflower field

And alone and without his nest shall the Eagle fly across the sun.

--Kahlil Gibran


green trees under white sky during daytime

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

--Kahlil Gibran

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Spare me the political events and power struggles, as the whole earth is my homeland and all men are my fellow countrymen.

--Kahlil Gibran

white cow eating green grass

Knowledge and understanding are life's faithful companions who will never prove untrue to you. For knowledge is your crown, and understanding your staff; and when they are with you, you can possess no greater treasures.

--Kahlil Gibran


yellow tulip flowers

Happiness is a vine that takes root and grows within the heart, never outside it.

--Kahlil Gibran

red rose in black background

And if you would know God, be not therefore a solver of riddles. Rather look about you and you shall see Him playing with your children.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

And if you would know God, be not therefore a solver of riddles. Rather look about you and you shall see Him playing with your children. And look into space; you shall see Him walking in the cloud, outstretching His arms in the lightning and descending in rain. You shall see Him smiling in flowers, then rising and waving His hands in trees.



three clear drinking glasses with brown liquid

Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.

--Kahlil Gibran

donkey

A bigot is a stone-deaf orator.

--Kahlil Gibran

sunset

Your clothes conceal much of your beauty, yet they hide not the unbeautiful.

--Kahlil Gibran

white flower graphic wallpaper

Nature reaches out to us with welcoming arms, and bids us enjoy her beauty; but we dread her silence and rush into the crowded cities, there to huddle like sheep fleeing from a ferocious wolf.

--Kahlil Gibran

selective photography of dried leaf

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself, Love possesses not nor would it be possessed: For love is sufficient unto love.


black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

Vague and nebulous is the beginning of all things, but not their end.

--Kahlil Gibran

person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of the oceans.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

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.


grayscale photography of raindrops

The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.

--Kahlil Gibran




high-angle photography of beach side

I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart for the joys of the multitude. And I would not have the tears that sadness makes to flow from my every part turn into laughter. I would that my life remain a tear and a smile.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

I would not exchange the laughter of my heart for the fortunes of the multitudes; nor would I be content with converting my tears, invited by my agonized self, into calm. It is my fervent hope that my whole life on this earth will ever be tears and laughter. Tears that purify my heart and reveal to me the secret of life and its mystery, Laughter that brings me closer to my fellow men; Tears with which I join the broken-hearted, Laugher that symbolizes joy over my very existence.


white oriental lily flower

He who repeats what he does not understand is no better than an ass that is loaded with books.

--Kahlil Gibran


body of water under clear blue sky painting

The significance of a man is not in what he attains, but rather what he longs to attain.

--Kahlil Gibran

aerial view of river in between green trees during daytime

A voice cannot carry the tongue and the lips that gave it wings. Alone must it seek the ether. And alone and without his nest shall the eagle fly across the sun.

--Kahlil Gibran

None

He who does not see the angels and devils in the beauty and malice of life will be far removed from knowledge, and his spirit will be empty of affection.

--Kahlil Gibran

green trees on forest during daytime

And from that day to this, the wise men of Ishana say one to another secretly, "Is it not known, and has it not been said from of old, that Ishana is ruled by an enemy?

--Kahlil Gibran

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

That deed which in our guilt we today call weakness, will appear tomorrow as an essential link in the complete chain of Man.

--Kahlil Gibran

white and pink roses on pink wall

But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,
So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.

--Kahlil Gibran

yellow rose flower

Your house shall be not an anchor but a mast
It shall not be a glistening film that covers a wound, but an eyelid that guards the eye.

--Kahlil Gibran

rock formation in body of water

Love is the only freedom in the world because it so elevates the spirit that the laws of humanity and the phenomena of nature do not alter its course.

--Kahlil Gibran

green plant in tilt shift lens

Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.

--Kahlil Gibran

white wall paint with black line

You often say, "I would give, but only to the deserving." The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish.

--Kahlil Gibran

bird on pier

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater." But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.



black floor lamp at the corner

Now let us play hide and seek. Should you hide in my heart it would not be difficult to find you. But should you hide behind your own shell, then it would be useless for anyone to seek you.

--Kahlil Gibran

person surfing on sea waves during daytime

My yearning is my cup, my burning thirst is my drink, and my solitude is my intoxication; I do not and shall not quench my thirst. But in this burning that is never extinguished is a joy that never wanes.

--Kahlil Gibran


orange room with open door

The tears that you spill, the sorrowful, are sweeter than the laughter of snobs and the guffaws of scoffers.

--Kahlil Gibran

person using laptop computer

Long were the days of pain I have spent within its walls, and long were the nights of aloneness; and who can depart from his pain and his aloneness without regret?

--Kahlil Gibran


rock formation surrounding by body of water

The mountain veiled in mist is not a hill; an oak tree in the rain is not a weeping willow.

--Kahlil Gibran

selective focus photo of brown and blue hourglass on stones

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

--Kahlil Gibran

trees under blue sky and stars during nighttime photo

Know, therefore, that from the greater silence I shall return... Forget not that I shall come back to you... A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.

--Kahlil Gibran

man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

--Kahlil Gibran

blue sky with stars during night time

Hallow the body as a temple to comeliness and sanctify the heart as a sacrifice to love; love recompenses the adorers.

--Kahlil Gibran

plain background

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.

--Kahlil Gibran

person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime

Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.

--Kahlil Gibran



pink rose in bloom close up photo

When you have solved all the mysteries of life you long for death, for it is but another mystery of life.

--Kahlil Gibran

brown sands

All you have shall some day be given. Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.

--Kahlil Gibran

grey cliff near body of water

For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?

--Kahlil Gibran

pink rose in close up photography

What shall i say of these save that they too stand in the sunlight, but with their backs to the sun?
They see only their shadows, and their shadows are their laws.

--Kahlil Gibran


blooming yellow sunflower field

The only time a juggler Appeals to me Is when I see him Miss the ball.

--Kahlil Gibran

selective focus photography of woman taking selfie

Virtue tested: "Have I not survived hunger and thirst, suffering, and mockery for the sake of the truth which heaven has awakened in my heart?

--Kahlil Gibran

purple and white clouds during night time

Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don't claim them. Feel the artistry moving through and be silent.

--Kahlil Gibran

brown mountain

Men who do not forgive women their little faults will never enjoy their great virtues.

--Kahlil Gibran

long black haired woman smiling close-up photography

It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear, but rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears.

--Kahlil Gibran


mountain dew during sunrise

It was in my heart to help a little because I was helped much.

--Kahlil Gibran


low angle photography of purple sky

In battling evil, excess is good; for he who is moderate in announcing the truth is presenting half-truth. He conceals the other half out of fear of people's wrath.

--Kahlil Gibran

pink flower with green stem

A man can be free without being great, but no man can be great without being free.

--Kahlil Gibran

green leaf in close up photography

Joy and sorrow are inseparable... together they come and when one sits alone with you... remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

--Kahlil Gibran


purple-petaled flowers

True love cannot be found where it truly does not exist, Nor can it be hidden where it truly does. Anonymous Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love.

--Kahlil Gibran

lion on green grass during golden hour

I use hate as a weapon to defend myself; had I been strong, I would never have needed that kind of weapon.

--Kahlil Gibran

blue boat on sand near body of water during daytime

For the criminal who is weak and poor the narrow cell of death awaits; but honor and glory await the rich who conceal their crimes behind their gold and silver and inherited glory.

--Kahlil Gibran



man playing soccer during daytime

Marriage is the golden ring in a chain whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity.

--Kahlil Gibran

person holding yellow petaled flower

Our pain carves out a larger space for love to fill.

--Kahlil Gibran

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

--Kahlil Gibran

man standing outdoors

And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rises above its own ashes.

--Kahlil Gibran

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.

--Kahlil Gibran

man on running field

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

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

Thus with my lips have I denounced you, while my heart, bleeding within me, called you tender names. It was love lashed by its own self that spoke. It was pride half slain that fluttered in the dust. It was my hunger for your love that raged from the housetop, while my own love, kneeling in silence, prayed your forgiveness.



yellow green leaf

Let there be spaces in your togetherness...just as strings of a lute dance alone though they quiver with the same music.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.


long black haired woman smiling close-up photography

Between the shores of the oceans and the summit of the highest mountain is a secret route that you must absolutely take before being one with the sons of the Earth.

--Kahlil Gibran

purple petaled flower on gray surface

Solitude is a silent storm that breaks down all our dead branches; yet it sends our living roots deeper into the living heart of the living earth.

--Kahlil Gibran

aerial photo of foggy mountains

The veil that clouds your eyes shall be lifted by the hands that wove it.

--Kahlil Gibran


two person standing while watching sky

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.

--Kahlil Gibran



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Welcher Verdienst wäre größer als der Mut und das Vertrauen, ja auch die Nächstenliebe, die im Empfangen liegt?

--Kahlil Gibran


fawn pug on bed

The highest virtue here may be least in another world.

--Kahlil Gibran

green sports court illustration

You progress not through what has been done, but reaching towards what has yet to be done.

--Kahlil Gibran

brown sand beach during daytime

All that spirits desire, spirits attain.

--Kahlil Gibran

sunset

The first thought of God was an angel. The first word of God was a man.

--Kahlil Gibran

worm's eye view of trees during night time

Perhaps a man may commit suicide in self-defense.

--Kahlil Gibran

yellow flowers

Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.

--Kahlil Gibran

black and white duck on brown wooden dock during daytime

Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.

--Kahlil Gibran


couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.

--Kahlil Gibran

None

There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone. The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.

--Kahlil Gibran

person on road at sunset

The "I" in me, my friend, dwells in the house of silence, and therein it shall remain for ever more, unperceived, unapproachable.

--Kahlil Gibran

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

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

--Kahlil Gibran

silhouette of kneeling man

If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.

--Kahlil Gibran

couple standing on grass field mountain

Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.

--Kahlil Gibran

pink petaled flower

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

--Kahlil Gibran



brown and red paint brushes

Strange that creatures without backbones have the hardest shells.

--Kahlil Gibran

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Wit is often a mask. If you tear it you will find either genius irritated or cleverness juggling.

--Kahlil Gibran

person looking at the milkyway

Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.

--Kahlil Gibran



jumping on snow covered mountain during daytime

A man's true wealth is the good he does in the world.

--Kahlil Gibran

green mountains beside lake under blue sky during daytime

Work is love made visible.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

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.


sunflower

Strange, the desire for certain pleasures is a part of my pain.

--Kahlil Gibran

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colours; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.

--Kahlil Gibran

water drops on glass

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the same well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?



closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.

--Kahlil Gibran

body of water under cloudy sky at night

Love one another, but make not a bond of love.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

Love one another, but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.


mountain dew during sunrise

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

--Kahlil Gibran

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Science and religion are in full accord, but science and faith are in complete discord.

--Kahlil Gibran

body of water near mountains

Your house is your larger body.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

Your house is your larger body. It grows in the sun and sleeps in the stillness of the night; and it is not dreamless. Does not your house dream, and dreaming, leave the city for grove or hilltop?


Arizona landscape

Many are the places of worship, but few indeed are those who worship in Spirit and in truth.

--Kahlil Gibran

fine trees waving

Love... it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be.

--Kahlil Gibran

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

The most solid stone in the structure is the lowest one in the foundation.

--Kahlil Gibran

mountain with tree during daytime

Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.

--Kahlil Gibran

photo of gray elephant on grass

Love is timeless....
Death does not separate the lover from the beloved.

--Kahlil Gibran

water droplets on green leaf

We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side.

--Kahlil Gibran

brown wooden surface

But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

--Kahlil Gibran

red textile on brown wooden table

When love beckons to you, follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.

--Kahlil Gibran

red rose in bloom during daytime

If it's a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

--Kahlil Gibran

person in black hoodie using laptop computer

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain... When you are joyous look deep into your heart and you will find that it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

--Kahlil Gibran

green leaf in close up photography

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.

--Kahlil Gibran

black and white butterfly on green leaf

The subtlest beauties in our life are unseen and unheard.

--Kahlil Gibran

brown rugby ball

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

--Kahlil Gibran

green trees under blue sky at daytime

The truly just is he who feels half guilty of your misdeeds.

--Kahlil Gibran

person holding brown leaf

Your joy can fill you only as deeply as your sorrow has carved you.

--Kahlil Gibran

group of people waving their hands

Lovers embrace that which is between them rather than each other.

--Kahlil Gibran


birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime

Even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you, so the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.

--Kahlil Gibran

yellow and white abstract painting

You are your own forerunner, and the towers you have builded are but the foundation of your giant-self. And that self too shall be a foundation.

--Kahlil Gibran

yellow flower in green grass field

Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow.

--Kahlil Gibran

castle surrounded fog

Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.

--Kahlil Gibran

pink tree

Let your best be for your friend.

--Kahlil Gibran


red rose with droplets

Do not blame a person for drinking lest he is trying to forget something more serious than drinking.

--Kahlil Gibran


silhouette photography of trees and sky

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.

--Kahlil Gibran

white flower graphic wallpaper

Yet you shall not deplore having known blindness, nor regret having been deaf. For in that day you shall know the hidden purposes in all things. And you shall bless darkness as you would bless light.

--Kahlil Gibran

green water in close up photography

Nor shall derision prove powerful against those who listen to humanity or those who follow in the footsteps of divinity, for they shall live forever. Forever.

--Kahlil Gibran

depth photography of purple petaled flowers

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

--Kahlil Gibran

white and yellow flower in close up photography

No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.
If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.


green and white painted wall

In every winter's heart there is a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night there is a shining dawn.

--Kahlil Gibran


grayscale photography of man riding bicycle

Give and Take...
For to the bee a flower is a fountain if life
And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love
And to both, bee and flower,
the giving and the receiving is a need and an ecstasy.

--Kahlil Gibran

closed white painted door with exit signage

One day you will ask me which is more important -- my life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

One day you will ask me which is more important -- my life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life.".




starry night in Texas

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

--Kahlil Gibran

orange flowers

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

--Kahlil Gibran

orange abstract painting

A teacher can only lead you to the threshold of your own mind.

--Kahlil Gibran


red rose

Be like the flower, turn your faces to the sun.

--Kahlil Gibran

silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way

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

--Kahlil Gibran


four handheld gardening tools on rack

Why dispute what we shall be, when we know not even what we are.

--Kahlil Gibran


silhouette photography of mountains

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

--Kahlil Gibran


red flame

Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.' Say not, ' I have found the path of the soul.' Say rather, 'I have met the soul walking upon my path.' For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.


black pug puppy on white and pink textile

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.


green leaf in close up photography

Then a lawyer said, But what of our laws, master? And he answered: 'You delight in laying down laws. Yet you delight more in breaking them.

--Kahlil Gibran

assorted-color beach houses

You cannot lay remorse upon the innocent nor lift it from the heart of the guilty. Unbidden shall it call in the night, that men may wake and gaze upon themselves.

--Kahlil Gibran

brown wooden door with silver door lever

And one of the elders of the city, said, speak to us of good and evil.
And he answered:
You are good in countless ways, and you are not evil when you are not good.

--Kahlil Gibran

man in black pants sitting on chair

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.


man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars

We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.

--Kahlil Gibran

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt?

--Kahlil Gibran

man running on seashore

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

--Kahlil Gibran

shallow focus photography of woman standing outdoors

Only love and death will change all things.

--Kahlil Gibran

red metal bridge over river

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping,
For only the hand of God can contain your hearts.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.


Dark purple to red to orange gradient

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be
clearer in his absence,
as the mountain to the climber
is clearer from the plain.

--Kahlil Gibran

people near body of water

The soul is an embryo in the body of Man, and the day of death is the Day of awakening, for it is the Great era of labour and the rich Hour of creation.

--Kahlil Gibran

grey cliff near body of water

The shepherd will deny the diseased lamb in fear of the flock.

--Kahlil Gibran

selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

I discovered the secret of the sea in meditation upon a dewdrop.

--Kahlil Gibran

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

A traveller I am, and a navigator, and everyday I discover a new region within my soul.

--Kahlil Gibran


brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

Education sows not seeds in you, but makes your seeds grow.

--Kahlil Gibran


white stone woman sculpture

Love is not without its flaws. The stronger the love, the more it tests you. Compassion and empathy will make true love persist.

--Kahlil Gibran

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind undo the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.

--Kahlil Gibran

person cooking on seashore

Rest in reason. Move in Passion.

--Kahlil Gibran

yellow flower field during sunset

If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.

--Kahlil Gibran


closeup photography of black and brown bird

Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.

--Kahlil Gibran

white tulip flower in close up photography

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth./nThe archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.


person in black hoodie using laptop computer

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

--Kahlil Gibran

person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.

--Kahlil Gibran

yellow flower

You have your ideology and I have mine.

--Kahlil Gibran


full-bloomed red and white tulip flowers

Your friend is your needs answered.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.



beach shore during day time

The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.

--Kahlil Gibran

silhouette of kneeling man

If I accept the sunshine and warmth, then I must also accept the thunder and lightning.

--Kahlil Gibran

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

The biggest thing in today's sorrow is the memory of yesterday's joy.

--Kahlil Gibran

island during daytime

Marriage is like a golden ring in a chain, whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity.

--Kahlil Gibran


white clouds and blue sky during daytime

Wailing and lamentation befit those who stand before the throne of life and depart without leaving in its hands a drop of the sweat of their brows or the blood of their hearts.

--Kahlil Gibran

beach during daytime

Let your bending in the Archer's hand be for gladness, for even as he loves the arrow that flies, so he loves also the bow that is stable.

--Kahlil Gibran

sunflower

We fear death, yet we long for slumber and beautiful dreams.

--Kahlil Gibran

close-up photo of pink flower

Euer Haus ist euer größerer Körper.

--Kahlil Gibran


blue sky and white clouds

Because the soul is like a flower that folds its petals when dark comes, and breathes not its fragrance into the phantoms of the night.

--Kahlil Gibran

lighted candle in dark room

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.

--Kahlil Gibran

blue sky with stars during night time

There is a desire deep within the soul which drives man from the seen to the unseen, to philosophy and to the divine.

--Kahlil Gibran

top view photography of heart latte coffee

He who has not looked on Sorrow will never see Joy.

--Kahlil Gibran




purple and white light illustration

Only those beneath me can envy or hate me. I have never been envied nor hated; I am above no one. Only those above me can praise or belittle me. I have never been praised nor belittled; I am below no one.

--Kahlil Gibran



green leaf in close up photography

Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.

--Kahlil Gibran

brown wooden table clock at 10 10

The best of men is he who blushes when you praise him and remains silent when you defame him.

--Kahlil Gibran

rock formation in body of water

Those to whom worshiping is a window, to open but also to shut, have not yet visited the house of their souls whose windows are open from dawn to dawn.

--Kahlil Gibran


silhouette of person's hands forming heart

The creator gives no heed to the critic unless he becomes a barren inventor.

--Kahlil Gibran

boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime

What of the old serpent who cannot shed his skin, and calls all others naked and shameless?

--Kahlil Gibran

solid background

Men would bless you or curse you;
The curse, a protest against failure,
The blessing, a hymn of the hunter
Who comes back from the hills
With provision for his mate.

--Kahlil Gibran

Arizona landscape rocks

We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us.

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another, and no sunrise finds us where left by sunset. Even while the earth sleeps we travel. We are the seeds of that tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind to be scattered.


Milky way in nature photography

The strong grows in solitude where the weak withers away.

--Kahlil Gibran

three books on surface

If you would behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one.

--Kahlil Gibran

silhouette photography of wavy ocean

And you would accept the seasons of your heart just as you have always accepted that seasons pass over your fields and you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

--Kahlil Gibran


blue and red bird during daytime

Hell is not in torture; Hell is in an empty heart..

--Kahlil Gibran


black and white giraffe on brown grass field

If your knowledge teaches you not to rise above human weakness and misery and lead your fellow man on the right path, you are indeed a man of little worth and will remain such till Judgment Day.

--Kahlil Gibran

closeup photography of black and brown bird

Behind the veil of each night, there is a smilling dawn.

--Kahlil Gibran

two person standing while watching sky

Enthusiasm is a volcano on whose top never grows the grass of hesitation.

--Kahlil Gibran

red flower in white background

If any of you would bring judgment the unfaithful wife, let him also weight the heart of her husband in scales, and measure his soul with measurements.

--Kahlil Gibran

yellow petaled flower screenshot

Art arises when the secret vision of the artist and the manifestation of nature agree to find new shapes.

--Kahlil Gibran


women's black and pink monokini

The saint and the sinner are twin brothers...one was born but the moment before the other.

--Kahlil Gibran

sunset dirt road

Desire is half of life, indifference is half of death.

--Kahlil Gibran

white and blue ice in water

Should we all confess our sins to one another we would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality.

--Kahlil Gibran


person sinking on body of water

Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.

--Kahlil Gibran

group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime

How can I lose faith in the justice of life, when the dreams of those who sleep upon feathers are not more beautiful than the dreams of those who sleep upon the earth?

--Kahlil Gibran

brown grass field under blue sky and white clouds during daytime

Do not be merciful, but be just, for mercy is bestowed upon the guilty criminal, while Justice is all that the innocent man requires.

--Kahlil Gibran

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.

--Kahlil Gibran

time lapse photography body of water

Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand.

--Kahlil Gibran

pink and white roses on white surface

The thirst of soul is sweeter than the wine of material things, and the fear of spirit is dearer than the security of the body.

--Kahlil Gibran

green trees

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

--Kahlil Gibran

white wall paint beside white wall

Saying this, he turned his head toward the window as if he were trying to solve the problems of human existence by concentrating on the beauty of the universe.

--Kahlil Gibran

Arizona landscape

And is not time even as love is, undivided and paceless?

--Kahlil Gibran

Longer Version:

And is not time even as love is, undivided and paceless? But if in you thought you must measure time into seasons, let each season encircle all the other seasons, And let today embrace the past with remembrance and the future with longing.


brown textile in close up image

The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather to what he does not say.

--Kahlil Gibran

red rose flower

There must be something strangely sacred in salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.

--Kahlil Gibran

pink rose in close up photography

It has been said that next to hunger and thirst, our most basic human need is for storytelling.

--Kahlil Gibran

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

And how shall you punish those whose remorse is already greater than their misdeeds?

--Kahlil Gibran

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

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

--Kahlil Gibran

red and yellow abstract painting

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

--Kahlil Gibran

white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

Let ignorance reproduce itself until it is weary of its own offspring.

--Kahlil Gibran

yellow and blue painted wall

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

--Kahlil Gibran

grayscale photo of desert

When God created Man, he gave him Music as a language different from all other languages. And early man sang his glory in the wilderness; and drew the hearts of kings and moved them from their thrones.

--Kahlil Gibran

person holding sunflower bouquet during daytime

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.

--Kahlil Gibran

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

As the strings of a lute are apart though they quiver the same music.

--Kahlil Gibran

green trees on mountain during daytime

A minute moving among the patterns of beauty and the dreams of love is greater and more precious than an age filled with splendor granted by the weak to the strong.

--Kahlil Gibran

selective focus photo of green snake plant

Let passion fill your sails, but let reason be your rudder.

--Kahlil Gibran

pink rose in close up photography

Love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

--Kahlil Gibran

plain background

People of Orphalese, beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.

--Kahlil Gibran

person holding yellow petaled flower

Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms.

--Kahlil Gibran

orange rose in bloom close up photo

March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.

--Kahlil Gibran

white and red flower with green leaves

Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.

--Kahlil Gibran

red and pink flowers

If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were.

--Kahlil Gibran


two white flowers

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger.

--Kahlil Gibran

sunset

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

--Kahlil Gibran

We wish you a perfect day!