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115+ EXCLUSIVE Khalil Gibran Quotes To See Life Differently

Khalil Gibran; sometimes spelled Kahlil; was a Lebanese-American writer, poet, visual artist and Lebanese nationalist. He is best known for his book The Prophet — a collection of essays in prose as well as poetry, exploring the meaning of life and the condition of man. Wise Khalil Gibran quotes will touch your heart, inspire growth in life and brighten up your day.

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Khalil Gibran Quotes

If the grandfather of the grandfather of Jesus had known what was hidden within him, he would have stood humble and awe-struck before his soul. ― Kahlil Gibran

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts. ― Kahlil Gibran

Most people who ask for advice from others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit. ― Kahlil Gibran

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For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. ― Kahlil Gibran

Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all. ― Kahlil Gibran

Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow. ― Kahlil Gibran

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. ― Kahlil Gibran

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Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. ― Kahlil Gibran

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

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. ― Kahlil Gibran

Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation. ― Kahlil Gibran

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If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were. ― Kahlil Gibran

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. ― Kahlil Gibran

If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved. ― Kahlil Gibran

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ― Kahlil Gibran

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Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. ― Kahlil Gibran

Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain. ― Kahlil Gibran

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. ― Kahlil Gibran

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. ― Kahlil Gibran

Best Khalil Gibran Quotes About Life, Love and Inner Peace

  • Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills? ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, we fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you? ― Kahlil Gibran
  • The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Would that I was 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone… but it takes a lifetime to forget someone. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • No human relation gives one possession in another—every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison? ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes. ― Kahlil Gibran

Most Inspiring Kahlil Gibran Quotes

  • Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know myself, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and it’s very atoms. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Hallow the body as a temple to comeliness and sanctify the heart as a sacrifice to love; love recompenses the adorers. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • You have your ideology and I have mine. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.― Kahlil Gibran
  • Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’― Kahlil Gibran
  • Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • The just is close to the people’s heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • All that spirits desire, spirits attain. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in your seeds. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Love is trembling happiness. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being. ― Kahlil Gibran

Meaningful Quotes By Khalil Gibran

  • Love… it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Love and doubt have never been on speaking terms. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Your friend is your needs answered. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain? ― Kahlil Gibran
  • I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, then lord among those without dreams and desires. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • If in the twilight of memory, we should meet once more, we shall speak again together and you shall sing to me a deeper song. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • 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. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • And ever has it been known that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Sadness is but a wall between two garden. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom? ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. ― Kahlil Gibran
  • Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. ― Kahlil Gibran

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