You have your ideology and I have mine.
Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'
Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms.
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.
Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.
The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.
There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
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.
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in the desert.
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.
All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
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.
They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.
Hallow the body as a temple to comeliness and sanctify the heart as a sacrifice to love; love recompenses the adorers.
To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.
Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.
Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.
Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow.
Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.
What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt?
No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.
The just is close to the people's heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God.
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.
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.
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.
Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert.
Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
I existed from all eternity and, behold, I am here; and I shall exist till the end of time, for my being has no end.
The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.
Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
The person you consider ignorant and insignificant is the one who came from God, that he might learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
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.
What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you?
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
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.
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.
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.
When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.
Kahlil Gibranwas a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer of the New York Pen League...