”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.”
“Your confidence in the people, and your doubt about them, are closely related to your self-confidence and your self-doubt.”
— Kahlil Gibran.
“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.”
“There must be something sacred in salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.”
When you see a man led to prison say in your heart, “Mayhap he is escaping from a narrower prison.” And when you see a man drunken say in your heart, “Mayhap he sought escape from something still more unbeautiful.” –Kahlil Gibran, poet and artist (1883-1931)
“The just is close to the people’s heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God. ”
I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers. –Kahlil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931)
- The Massive Character of Kahlil Gibran (iconicallyrare.com)
- Quote of the Day – Kahlil Gibran on Friendship (schnik.it)