Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.— Kahlil Gibran
The most useful Kahlil Gibran quotes to get the best of your day
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls;
the most massive characters are seared with scars.
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
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.
Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.
Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.
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.
You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
Beauty is a light in the heart.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.
Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.
Beauty is not in the face, beauty is a light in the heart.
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Your friend is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
Would that I were a dry well, and that the people tossed stones into me, for that would be easier than to be a spring of flowing water that the thirsty pass by, and from which they avoid drinking.
Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow.
I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.
Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors.
But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
Cast aside those who liken godliness to whimsy and who try to combine their greed for wealth with their desire for a happy afterlife.
March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.
Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.
Time has been transformed, and we have changed;
it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.
Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
We are all prisoners but some of us are in cells with windows and some without.
Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.
If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury;
but if you injure him you will always remember.
Beauty in not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
I existed from all eternity and, behold, I am here;
and I shall exist till the end of time, for my being has no end.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are the eternity and you are the mirror.
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.
Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge.
So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.
Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.
Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
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 resolutions.
The tears that you spill, the sorrowful, are sweeter than the laughter of snobs and the guffaws of scoffers.
The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is.
An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.