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64 Best Kahlil Gibran Quotes on Love (FRIENDSHIP)

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Top 20 Most Famous Kahlil Gibran Quotes (BEST)

If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don't, they never were.
If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.
You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.
Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
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.
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.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
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
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
Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness.
Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness.
One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s.
One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s.
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side.
We are all like the bright moon, we still have our darker side.
Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity.
Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity.
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.
Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.
Follow your heart. Your heart is the right guide in everything big.
Follow your heart. Your heart is the right guide in everything big.
He that tries to seize an opportunity after it has passed him by is like one who sees it approach but will not go to meet it.
He that tries to seize an opportunity after it has passed him by is like one who sees it approach but will not go to meet it.

20 Kahlil Gibran Quotes on Love and Marriage (FRIENDSHIP)

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.
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.
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.
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.
Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Travel and tell no one, live a true love story and tell no one, live happily and tell no one, people ruin beautiful things.
Travel and tell no one, live a true love story and tell no one, live happily and tell no one, people ruin beautiful things.
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
Hearts united in pain and sorrow will not be separated by joy and happiness. Bonds that are woven in sadness are stronger than the ties of joy and pleasure.
Hearts united in pain and sorrow will not be separated by joy and happiness. Bonds that are woven in sadness are stronger than the ties of joy and pleasure.
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things, does the heart find its morning and is refreshed.
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things, does the heart find its morning and is refreshed.
If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.
If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.
You may forget with whom you laughed, but you will never forget with whom you wept.
You may forget with whom you laughed, but you will never forget with whom you wept.
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.
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.
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

“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.”

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If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.
If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.
Every man loves two women; the one is the creation of his imagination and the other is not yet born.
Every man loves two women; the one is the creation of his imagination and the other is not yet born.
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

24 Inspirational Kahlil Gibran Quotes on Life and Work (FEARS)

“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.”

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You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Work is love made visible.
Work is love made visible.
It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.
It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.
To be able to look back upon one's life in satisfaction, is to live twice.
To be able to look back upon one’s life in satisfaction, is to live twice.
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
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.
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.
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.
Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.
If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.
If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.
A man's true wealth is the good he does in the world.
A man’s true wealth is the good he does in the world.
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.
Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents.
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.
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.
To belittle, you have to be little.
To belittle, you have to be little.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.
When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense.
The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.
The appearance of things changes according to the emotions; and thus we see magic and beauty in them, while the magic and beauty are really in ourselves.
Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.
Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday is but today’s memory, tomorrow is today’s dream.
Yesterday is but today’s memory, tomorrow is today’s dream.
When we turn to one another for counsel we reduce the number of our enemies.

Kahlil Gibran Short Biography

Born on 6 January 1883 in Bsharrī, Lebanon, Gibran Khalil Gibran (also spelled Kahlil) was a writer, poet, and artist.

At 15 Gibran studied at Collège de la Sagesse in Beirut, Lebanon and graduated 3 years later, he then moved to Paris to learn how to paint.

He moved to Boston and held his first art exhibition in January 1904. A year later Gibran would publish A Profile of the Art of Music, which was first released in Arabic.

After some time, Gibran returned to Paris to further his art studies. He made the journey back to the United States and landed on October 22, 1910. Gibran then became a member of the Golden Link Society, a Syrian international organization.

In 1913, Gibran began contributing to a newspaper named Al-Funoon, which was printed in the Arabic language.

Gibran published his most notable and popular book in 1923 entitled The Prophet, centering on topics such as love, sorrow, and religion. Each chapter also contains drawings by Gibran.

After his death, Gibran’s books continued to impact people throughout the world and he became known as the third best-selling poet of all time. 

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