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Kahlil Gibran Quotes

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"What do the nationalists say about killers punishing murderers and thieves sentencing looters?"

"If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were."

"I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers."

"Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer?"

"Where is the justice of political power if it... marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?"

"Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow."

"The tears that you spill, the sorrowful, are sweeter than the laughter of snobs and the guffaws of scoffers."

"Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit."

"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."

"You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth."

"What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you?"

"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."

"Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents."

"Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being."

"Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood."

"Hallow the body as a temple to comeliness and sanctify the heart as a sacrifice to love; love recompenses the adorers."

"Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people."

"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."

"What is this world that is hastening me toward I know not what, viewing me with contempt?"

"Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do."

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