1. Do not love half lovers
Do not entertain half friends
Do not indulge in works of the half talented
Do not live half a life
and do not die a half death
If you choose silence, then be silent
When you speak, do so until you are finished
Do not silence yourself to say something
And do not speak to be silent
If you accept, then express it bluntly
Do not mask it
If you refuse then be clear about it
for an ambiguous refusal is but a weak acceptance
Do not accept half a solution
Do not believe half truths
Do not dream half a dream
Do not fantasize about half hopes
Half a drink will not quench your thirst
Half a meal will not satiate your hunger
Half the way will get you no where
Half an idea will bear you no results
Your other half is not the one you love
It is you in another time yet in the same space
It is you when you are not
Half a life is a life you didn't live,
A word you have not said
A smile you postponed
A love you have not had
A friendship you did not know
To reach and not arrive
Work and not work
Attend only to be absent
What makes you a stranger to them closest to you
and they strangers to you
The half is a mere moment of inability
but you are able for you are not half a being
You are a whole that exists to live a life
not half a life.
– Khalil Gibran
Gibran Khalil Gibran:
usually referred to in English as Kahlil Gibran
was a Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist, also considered a philosopher although he himself rejected the title. He is best known as the author of "The Prophet", which was first published in the United States in 1923 and has since become one of the best-selling books of all time, having been translated into more than 100 languages.
Poet, artist, mystic and author of one of the most widely read books of the 20th century, Khalil Gibran (1883–1931) has become a legend of our time. Followers around the world find inspiration in his unsurpassed ability to express eternal truths through his exquisite poetry and unite East and West in a poetic realm of love, faith and natural beauty.
You can now dive into the wisdom and some of his beautiful and insightful thoughts…
2. You can't get to the dawn any other way than by walking the way of the night.
3. The deeper the sorrow digs into your soul, the more joy your soul can hold.
4. We are all prisoners, but some cells have windows and some do not.
5. The most wretched of men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.
6. To reveal the truth, it takes two - one to speak it and another to understand it.
7. When you have your back to the sun, you see nothing but your shadow.
8. Love that does not rejoice incessantly dies by degrees.
9. To work is to express your love. And if you cannot work with love, but feel insurmountable hatred, then it is better to immediately leave your work and go to the temple, where you can ask alms from those who work with love.
10. You owe more than gold to the one who serves you. Give him your heart, or serve him in turn.
11. Many teachings are like window panes. We see the truth through it, but it also separates us from it.
12. How can you sing if your mouth is full of food? How will your hand be lifted up in blessing if it is full of gold?
13. Men who do not forgive women their small transgressions will never enjoy their great virtues.
14. Love and doubt never talk to each other.
15. Generosity is not giving me what I need more than you, but what you need more than I do.
16. How blind is he who gives you something from his pocket so that he can take something from your heart!
17. It is strange that we all defend the wrong in our country more zealously than the right.
18. The obvious is what eludes us until someone puts it simply.
19. When you reach the limit of what you need to know, you will be at the beginning of what you need to feel.
20. We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
21. Tortoises can tell more about roads than rabbits.
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