"Love one another, but make not a bond of love; Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls."
"Your children are not your children; They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. "
And what is it to work with love? It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit."
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of this faith and his lovingness.
And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair."
These quotations are from the book The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. It illustrates Almustafa's words of wisdom to the people of Orphalese. The prophet, Almustafa, has lived in the city of Orphalese for 12 years and is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses topics such as life and the human condition.
The book is inspirational and profound, and the words of wisdom are as relevant today as they were when they were first written. It is considered a Timeless Masterpiece.
Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931) was an artist, poet and philosopher. Born in Lebanon, he made America his home later in life and wrote his mystical and famous works in Arabic and English. The Prophet, published in 1923, has never been out of print. It is Gibran's best-known work, and his poetry has been translated into more than forty languages. His 700 pictures, watercolours and drawings have been exhibited around the world.
What makes a book 'good' is that we are reading it at the right moment for us. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book. It is a guiding light, full of wisdom and knowledge for people of all generations.
The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry fables. My favourite sections are those on Marriage, Children, Knowledge, Teaching, Friendship and Time, although the whole book speaks of topics common to all and it is worth reading it with an open mind.
Whether you agree with the validity of those concepts, you will surely appreciate that these proses have been expressed in beautiful poetic language.
Have you ever read a book that has made a profound impression on you?
I would love to hear your thoughts about it.
With much appreciation