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KAHLIL GIBRAN
Syrian poet, writer and painter
(1883 - 1931)
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A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success.
      - [Failure]

An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper.
      - [Exaggeration]

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

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

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
      - [Beauty]

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
      - [Beauty]

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
      - [Doubt]

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

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

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

If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
      - [Proverbs]

It is only when you are pursued that you become swift.
      - [Speed]

It is slavery to live in the mind unless it has become part of the body.
      - [Mind]

Let there be spaces in your togetherness.
      - [Togetherness]

Love has the power that dispels death; charm that conquers the enemy.
      - [Love]

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.
      - [Love]

Lovers embrace that which is between them rather than each other.
      - [Love]

One may not reach the dawn save by path of night.
      - [Darkness]

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.
      - [Knowledge]

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

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution.
      - [Kindness]

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

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.
      - [Optimism : Pessimism]

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

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


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