Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran (sometimes spelled Khalil Gibran; Arabic: جبران خليل جبران‎ / ALA-LC: Jubrān Khalīl Jubrān or Jibrān Khalīl Jibrān; January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of Ottoman Mount Lebanon), as a young man he immigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero. He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.

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    The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.
    Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931)

    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.
    Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931)

    A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
    Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931)

    Verily the kindness that gazes upon itself in a mirror turns to stone,
    And a good deed that calls itself by tender names becomes the parent to a curse.
    Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931)

    Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
    Kahlil Gibran (1883–1931)