201 Inspiring Khalil Gibran Quotes on Love and Life

Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese-American philosophical essayist, novelist, poet and artist, born in Lebanon and educated in Beirut and Boston.

He was significantly aided by his lifelong benefactor, Mary Haskell, who funded his art studies in Paris.

Settling in New York City in 1912, Gibran dedicated himself to writing and painting, producing works in both Arabic and English.

His work, influenced by the Bible, Nietzsche and Blake, explored themes like love, death, nature and a longing for homeland, reflecting his deeply religious and mystical nature.


Notable Arabic works include ‘Nymphs of the Valley’ and ‘The Broken Wings’.

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His principal English works include ‘The Madman’, ‘The Forerunner’, ‘The Prophet’, ‘Sand and Foam’ and ‘Jesus, the Son of Man’.

Inspiring Khalil Gibran Quotes


1. “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

2. “Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

3. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

4. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

5. “If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

6. “We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side.” ~ (Kahlil Gibran).

7. “To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

8. “Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

9. “Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

10. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

11. “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke up and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

12. “Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).


13. “You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

14. “We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

15. “Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

16. “Rest in reason. Move in Passion.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

17. “The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

18. “They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

19. “The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

20. “A man’s true wealth is the good he does in the world.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

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21. “Only love and death will change all things.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

22. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

23. “I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

24. “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

25. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

26. “Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).


27. “A thief is a man in need. A liar is a man in fear.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

28. “Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.” ~ (Kahlil Gibran).

29. “Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

30. “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

31. “Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

32. “All things in this vast universe exist in you, with you, and for you.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

33. “Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

34. “Oh, Lord God, have mercy on me and mend my broken wings.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

35. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

36. “We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

37. “Much of your pain is self-chosen.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

38. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

39. “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

40. “Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

41. “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. 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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

42. “Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

43. “Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

44. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

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45. “Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

46. “A traveller I am, and a navigator, and everyday I discover a new region within my soul.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

47. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

48. “Hearts united in pain and sorrow will not be separated by joy and happiness. Bonds that are woven in sadness are stronger than the ties of joy and pleasure. Love that is washed by tears will remain eternally pure and faithful.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

49. “Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

50. “Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).


51. “Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

52. “Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

53. “Spare me the political events and power struggles, as the whole earth is my homeland and all men are my fellow countrymen.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

54. “To belittle, you have to be little.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

55. “Education sows not seeds in you, but makes your seeds grow.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

56. “Let there be spaces in your togetherness.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

57. “How beautiful to find a heart that loves you, without asking you for anything, but to be okay.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

Inspirational Khalil Gibran Quotes

58. “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

59. “There is a desire deep within the soul which drives man from the seen to the unseen, to philosophy and to the divine.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

60. “I do not want you to hear that I LOVE you, but I want you to feel it without me having to say.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

61. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

62. “And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

63. “The lust for comfort kills the passions of the soul.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

64. “We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

65. “Remember, one just man causes the Devil greater affliction than a million blind believers.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

66. “Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

67. “Every man is two men; one is awake in the darkness, the other asleep in the light.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

68. “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?” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

69. “He is short-sighted who looks only on the path he treads and the wall on which he leans.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

70. “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

71. “From a sensitive woman’s heart springs the happiness of mankind, and from the kindness of her noble spirit comes mankind’s affection.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

72. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

73. “And alone and without his nest shall the Eagle fly across the sun.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

74. “If I accept the sunshine and warmth, then I must also accept the thunder and lightning.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

75. “I sit between my brother the mountain and my sister the sea. We three are one in loneliness, and the love that binds us together is deep and strong and strange.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

76. “Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

77. “Your confidence in the people, and your doubt about them, are closely related to your self-confidence and your self-doubt.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

78. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

79. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

80. “Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

81. “One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

Profound Khalil Gibran Quotes

82. “I discovered the secret of the sea in meditation upon a dewdrop.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

83. “Marriage is like a temple resting on two pillars. If they come too close to each other the temple will collapse.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

84. “It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding; and to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

85. “If winter should say, ‘Spring is in my heart,’ who would believe winter?” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

86. “Listen to the woman when she looks at you, not when she talks to you.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

87. “Marriage is like a golden ring in a chain, whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

88. “Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’” ~ (Khalil Gibran).


89. “When you are born, your work is placed in your heart.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

90. “You may forget with whom you laughed, but you will never forget with whom you wept.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

91. “Perhaps a man may commit suicide in self-defense.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

92. “A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

93. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

94. “Darkness is dawn not yet born.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

95. “Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

96. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

97. “In every winter’s heart there is a quivering spring, and behind the veil of each night there is a shining dawn.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

98. “The universe is my country and the human family is my tribe.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

99. “The real test of good manners is to be able to put up with bad manners pleasantly.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

100. “Wisdom is not in words; Wisdom is meaning within words.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

101. “Desire is half of life, indifference is half of death.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

102. “The power to Love is God’s greatest gift to man, For it never will be taken from the Blessed one who loves.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

Top Khalil Gibran Quotes

103. “There must be something strangely sacred about salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

104. “A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

105. “Remembrance is a form of meeting.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

106. “Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountaintop, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

107. “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

108. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

109. “Hell is not in torture; Hell is in an empty heart…” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

110. “It was in my heart to help a little because I was helped much.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

111. “Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

112. “The earth is like a beautiful bride who needs no manmade jewels to heighten her loveliness…” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

113. “Defeat, my defeat, my deathless courage, You and I shall laugh together with the storm, And together we shall dig graves for all that die in us, and we shall stand in the sun with a will, And we shall be dangerous.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).


114. “If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

115. “When I planted my pain in the field of patience it bore fruit of happiness.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

116. “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

117. “Prayer is the song of the heart. It reaches the ear of God even if it is mingled with the cry and the tumult of a thousand men.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

118. “Tortoises can tell you more about the road than hares.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

119. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

120. “The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

121. “In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

122. “There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

123. “You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts; And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime. And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

124. “What the soul knows is often unknown to the man who has a soul. We are infinitely more than we think.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

125. “I have passed the mountain peak and my soul is soaring in the firmament of Complete and unbounded freedom; I am in comfort, I am in peace.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

126. “But memory is an autumn leaf that murmurs a while in the wind and then is heard no more.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

127. “Limited love asks for possession of the beloved, but the unlimited asks only for itself.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

128. “My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

129. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

130. “Even while the Earth sleeps we travel.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

131. “It has been said that next to hunger and thirst, our most basic human need is for storytelling.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

132. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

133. “Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

134. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

135. “For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

136. “When a man’s hand touches the hand of a woman, they both touch the heart of eternity.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

137. “Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

138. “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame 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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

139. “I AM IGNORANT of absolute truth. But I am humble before my ignorance and therein lies my honor and my reward.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

140. “Your body is the harp of your soul and it is yours to bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

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141. “I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

142. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

143. “You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

144. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

145. “Friendship with the ignorant is as foolish as arguing with a drunkard.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

146. “Say not, I have found the path of the soul. Say rather, I have met the soul walking upon my path.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

147. “Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil. For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst? Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

148. “One may not reach the dawn save by path of night.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

149. “And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

150. “I had a second birth when my soul and my body loved one another and were married.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

151. “Like the seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

152. “For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

153. “For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, “Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks.” Thus I became a madman.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

154. “For Reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and Passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

155. “For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

156. “Women opened the windows of my eyes and the doors of my spirit. Had it not been for the woman-mother, the woman-sister, and the woman-friend, I would have been sleeping among those who seek the tranquility of the world with their snoring.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

157. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

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158. “Keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

159. “The silence of the envious is too noisy.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

160. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

161. “Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

162. “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

163. “My God, my aim and my fulfillment; I am thy yesterday and thou are my tomorrow. I am they root in the earth and thou art my flower in the sky, and together we grow before the face of the sun.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

164. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

165. “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

166. “Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

167. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

168. “And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

169. “Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it, take with you your all.”

170. “Men who do not forgive women their little faults will never enjoy their great virtues.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

171. “Love is not without its flaws. The stronger the love, the more it tests you. Compassion and empathy will make true love persist.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

172. “The love of a parent for a child is the love that should grow towards separation.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

173. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

174. “We are all prisoners but some of us are in cells with windows and some without.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

175. “Sow a seed and the earth will yield you a flower. Dream your dream to the sky and it will bring you your beloved.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

176. “You are far, far greater than you know – and all is well.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

177. “All can hear, but only the sensitive can understand…” ~ (Kahlil Gibran Quotes).

178. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

179. “Love is life sharing, not for hurt, Love is alive both not ambiguous. Love is whole life, not an affair.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

180. “History does not repeat itself except in the minds of those who do not know history.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

181. “Many are the places of worship, but few indeed are those who worship in Spirit and in truth.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

182. “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

183. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

184. “If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

185. “Spiritual awakening is the most essential thing in man’s life, and it is the sole purpose of being. Is not civilization, in all its tragic forms, a supreme motive for spiritual awakening?” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

186. “All that spirits desire, spirits attain.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

187. “And all knowledge is vain save when there is work, and all work is empty save when there is love; and when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

188. “The most solid stone in the structure is the lowest one in the foundation.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

189. “The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

190. “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.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

191. “If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

192. “Vague and nebulous is the beginning of all things, but not their end.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

193. “For love is sufficient unto love.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

194. “If it’s a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

195. “The chemist who can extract from his heart’s elements compassion, respect, longing, patience, regret, surprise, and forgiveness and compound them into one can create that atom which is called love.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

196. “The heart’s affections are divided like the branches of the cedar tree; if the tree loses one strong branch; it will suffer but it does not die; it will pour all its vitality into the next branch so that it will grow and fill the empty place.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

197. “He who denies his heritage, has no heritage.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

198. “Perhaps time’s definition of coal is the diamond.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

199. “Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

200. “When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

201. “Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colors; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.” ~ (Khalil Gibran).

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Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese-American artist and writer, was born in Lebanon in 1883 and moved to the U.S. in 1895.

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Despite his initial hardships, including the loss of family members, he gained recognition for his artistic talents in Boston.

Full Name Gibran Khalil Gibran
Arabic Name جُبْرَان خَلِيل جُبْرَان
Born January 6, 1883 Bsharri, Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate, Ottoman Syria, Ottoman Empire
Died April 10, 1931 (aged 48) New York City, United States
Resting place Bsharri, Modern-day Lebanon
Nationality Lebanese and American
Alma mater Académie Julian
Occupations Writer, Poet, Visual Artist, Philosopher
Known for Leading author of the Modern Arabic literature
Style Symbolic, Prose poetry
Title Chairman of the Pen League
Language Varieties of Arabic, English
Period Modern (20th century)
Genres Poem, Parable, Fable, Aphorism, Novel/Novella, Short story, Play, Essay, Letter
Subjects Spiritual Love, Justice
Literary Movement Mahjarneo-Romanticism, Symbolism
Years active From 1904
Notable works The Prophet; The Madman; Broken Wings

His most famous work, “The Prophet,” published in 1923, has been translated into over 100 languages and remains a global bestseller.

Gibran, who shied away from being called a philosopher, left a lasting impact with his writings and art.

Quick Facts about Khalil Gibran

  • Kahlil Gibran was born on January 6, 1883, in Bsharri, Lebanon.
  • He moved to the United States with his family in 1895.
  • Gibran’s best-known work is “The Prophet,” published in 1923.
  • His first art exhibition was in Boston at F. Holland Day’s studio in 1904.
  • He studied art in Paris from 1908 to 1910 with financial help from Mary Haskell.
  • Gibran initially wrote in Arabic; his first English book was “The Madman” in 1918.
  • He was a key figure in the Mahjar literary movement among Arab emigrants.
  • Gibran’s writings and art often explored themes of love, freedom, and spirituality.
  • He died on April 10, 1931, at age 48 from cirrhosis and tuberculosis.
  • After his death, Gibran’s body was transferred to Lebanon as per his wishes.
  • His family was of Maronite Christian descent, emphasizing tolerance and diversity.
  • Gibran attended the Collège de la Sagesse in Beirut for his education.
  • His book “The Prophet” has been translated into over 100 languages.
  • He also authored “Spirits Rebellious” and “Nymphs of the Valley” among others.
  • Gibran was influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, William Blake, and Walt Whitman.
  • He was a visual artist known for his symbolic and spiritual paintings.
  • Gibran’s works reflect a blend of Eastern and Western philosophies.
  • His literary style combined elements of poetry, parables, and philosophical essays.
  • Gibran founded the Pen League in New York City in 1920.
  • His artistic works were exhibited in major cities, including New York and Paris.
  • Gibran maintained a lifelong friendship and correspondence with Mary Haskell.
  • He faced criticism for his unique approach to both art and literature.
  • His visual art includes more than 700 pieces, some housed at the Telfair Museums in Georgia.
  • He was romantically linked to Josephine Peabody and later to Micheline.
  • Gibran’s writings often criticized oppressive authorities and championed social justice.
  • His family faced hardship, losing property and suffering legal troubles in Lebanon.
  • He spent his later years frequently moving between New York and Boston.
  • Gibran’s impact on Arabic literature is considered transformative.
  • His work extended beyond writing to include contributions to politics and philosophy.
  • Despite his early death, Gibran’s legacy continues to influence readers globally.

Top Questions about Khalil Gibran

Q: When did Kahlil Gibran first move to the United States, and from where?

A: Kahlil Gibran moved to the United States in 1895 from Bsharri, Lebanon.

Q: What is Kahlil Gibran’s most famous literary work, and when was it published?

A: Gibran’s best-known work is “The Prophet,” which was published in 1923.

Q: Where and when did Kahlil Gibran have his first art exhibition?

A: Gibran had his first art exhibition in Boston at F. Holland Day’s studio in 1904.

Q: Which languages did Kahlil Gibran write in, and what was his first English publication?

Q: What are some themes commonly found in Kahlil Gibran’s writings and art?

A: Gibran’s works often explored themes of love, freedom, and spirituality.

Q: Which educational institution did Kahlil Gibran attend in Beirut?

A: Gibran attended the Collège de la Sagesse in Beirut.

Q: How has “The Prophet” reached a global audience since its publication?

A: “The Prophet” has been translated into over 100 languages, broadening its global reach.

Q: Describe the influence and contributions of Kahlil Gibran beyond literature.

A: Beyond literature, Gibran was also a visual artist and contributed to politics and philosophy, reflecting a blend of Eastern and Western philosophies in his works.

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