46 teachable & inspiring Khalil Gibran quotes

  1. I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.”
  2. Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.”
  3. God made Truth with many doors to welcome every believer who knocks on them.
  4. If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
  5. It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.
  6. 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.”
  7. Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.”
  8. 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.
  9. We are all prisoners but some of us are in cells with windows and some without.
  10. Your friend is your needs answered.”
  11. And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
  12. For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.”
  13. 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.”
  14. If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.”
  15. Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.”
  16. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
  17. The appearance of things suffer modifications according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.”
  18. There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.”
  19. We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us. Even while the earth sleeps we travel. We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and are scattered.”
  20. Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”
  21. For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?
  22. If indeed is necessary for you be candid, be candid beautifully.”
  23. In battling evil, excess is good; for he who is moderate in announcing the truth is presenting half-truth. He conceals the other half out of fear of the people’s wrath.”
  24. Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself, Love possesses not nor would it be possessed: For love is sufficient unto love.”
  25. Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.”
  26. The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain.
  27. 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.”
  28. 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.”
  29. Every man loves two women; the one is the creation of his imagination and the other is not yet born.”
  30. 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.”
  31. If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.
  32. 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.”
  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.”
  34. Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.”
  35. The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.”
  36. To be able to look back upon one’s life in satisfaction, is to live twice.
  37. Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.”
  38. Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.”
  39. Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.”
  40. If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.”
  41. In the sweetness of friendship; let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little aspects the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
  42. My friend, I am not what I seem. Seeming is but a garment I wear a care-woven garment that protects me from thy questionings and thee from my negligence. The “I” in me, my friend, dwells in the house of silence, and therein it shall remain for ever more, unperceived, unapproachable.
  43. Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.”
  44. The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.
  45. To understand the heart and conscience of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
  46. Yesterday is but today’s memory, tomorrow is today’s dream.


December 17, 2021


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