Khalil Gibran

6 Jan 1883 // 10 Apr 1931


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Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding
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
Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all
You have your ideology and I have mine
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give
Yesterday is but today's memory, tomorrow is today's dream
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. 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
When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies
What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt?
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."