Kahlil Gibran

{1883 - 1931}

Selection of Works

Web Publication by Mountain Man Graphics, Australia in the Southern Spring of 1995

Kahlil Gibran

from "Patterns of Happiness"

The major works of Kahlil Gibran should be browsed at least once by all students of life, for his insight into the world is one of depth. He has authored many books - the one possible best well known being "The Prophet". {See below ...}

In 1971 a small collection of quite short simple sayings of Kahlil Gibran's were selected and collated by Ben W. Whitley, illustrated by George Kauffman and published in a small booklet by Hallmark Editions. The following texts are taken from this collection, and are best reviewed as an introduction to the nature of Gibran's thinking, expression and vision. Artist, poet, and philosopher, was a prophet. Long before peace, brotherhood and ecology became issues of the day, Gibran told us of their importance. He spoke out for life.

  • The earth is like a beautiful bride who needs no man-made jewels to heighten her loveliness
    but is content with the green verdure of her fields,
    The golden sands of her seashores
    and the precious stones of her mountains.

  • Humanity is a brilliant river
    singing its way
    and carrying with it
    the mountain's secrets
    into the heart of the sea.

  • We may change with the seasons
    but the seasons will not change us.

  • The just is close to the people's hearts,
    but the merciful is close to the heart of God.

  • My thought is a tender leaf
    that sways in every direction
    and find pleasure in its swayings.

  • A tree grown in a cave does not bear fruit.

  • Life is an island in an ocean of loneliness,
    an island whose rocks are hopes,
    whose trees are dreams,
    whose flowers are solitude.

  • Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.

  • Does the song of the sea end at the shore
    or in the hearts of those who listen to it?

  • Tomorrow never leaves a secret in the book of eternity.

  • Now I realise that the trees blossom in Spring
    and bear fruit in Summer without seeking praise,
    and they drop their leaves in Autumn
    and become naked in winter without fearing shame.

  • Beauty is that which attracts the soul,
    and that which loves to give and not to receive.

  • In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.

  • He who has not looked on Sorrow will never see Joy.

  • In the depth of my soul there is a wordless song.

  • Music is the language of the spirit.
    It opens the secret of life
    bringing peace,
    abolishing strife.

  • Our appearance, our words, our actions are never greater than ourselves.
    For the soul is our house, our eyes its windows, and our words its messengers.

  • Which one of us listens to the hymn of the brook when the tempest speaks?

  • Glorious intoxication of the soul is the reward of all who seek it in the bosom of nature.

  • God has given to each of us a spirit with wings,
    wings on which to soar into the spacious firmament of Love and Freedom.

  • The Prophet

    Chapter 2 - On Love

    Then said Almitra, "Speak to us of Love."
    And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said:

    The Prophet

    Chapter 3 - On Marriage

    Then Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Marriage, Master?
    And he answered saying:

    The Prophet

    Chapter 3 - On Children

    And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children.
    And he said:

    Further References on the Web:

    Full Text of "The Prophet"

    The full 28 chapters of Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet" can be viewed at this site which has links to further literature including that of JRR Tolkien, the well known author of "Lord of the Rings" ....


    Kahlil Gibran

    {1883 - 1931}

    Selection of Works

    Web Publication by Mountain Man Graphics, Australia in the Southern Spring of 1995