About the book

In a distant, timeless place, a mysterious prophet walks the sands. At the moment of his departure, he wishes to offer the people gifts but possesses nothing. The people gather round, each asks a question of the heart, and the man’s wisdom is his gift. It is Gibran’s gift to us, as well, for Gibran’s prophet is rivalled in his wisdom only by the founders of the world’s great religions. On the most basic topics–marriage, children, friendship, work, pleasure–his words have a power and lucidity that in another era would surely have provoked the description divinely inspired.  Goodreads

Year published: 1923

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Quotes from the book


The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran)

Love one another, but don’t let that love suffocate each other

  • Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. 
  • Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. 
  • Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.
  • Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Discover the beauty within your own soul

  • Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face. But you are life and you are the veil. 
  • Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror. 

Love and appreciate your children as they truly are

  • 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. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. 

Sometimes, to find joy, you must experience sorrow

  • Some of you say, Joy is greater than sorrow, and others say, Nay, sorrow is the greater. But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
  • Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. 
  • When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. 

Give of yourself and be free

  • You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. 
  • You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care, nor your nights without a want and a grief, but rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound. 

Appreciate the sweetness of friendships

  • For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill? Seek him always with hours to live. For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
  • And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
  • For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.