“We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting”
Once Kahlil Gibran said this and then he discovered beauty of life till his last breath.
Born on 6 January, 1883, Kahlil Gibran was the most famous Lebanese artist, poet and writer of all times. His writing are like learnings for life. One of his best creations is ‘The Prophet’ published in English in 1923. ‘The Prophet’ has been translated into over 40 different languages. This book would help you gain peace of mind. Here are some of the excerpts…
Love one another but make not a bond of love ~ Gibran
“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.”
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 to-morrow, 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.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The 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.
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.
Excerpt From: Gibran, Kahlil. “The Prophet.” Feedbooks, 1923.
Meet the Young Kahlil Gibran (1898)