10 Great Quotes from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran

10.) “But let there be spaces in your togetherness.

“And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.”

-on Marriage


9.) “He who wears his morality but as his best garment were better naked.”

-on Religion


8.) “And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.”
-on Pain


7.) “What of the ox who loves his yoke and deems the elk and deer of the forest stray and vagrant things?

“What of the old serpent who cannot shed his skin and calls all others naked and shameless?”

-on Laws


6.) “If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.”

-on Teaching


5.) “For if you should enter the temple for no other purpose than asking you shall not receive.”

-on Prayer


4.) “And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.”

-on Freedom


3.) “For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?”

-on Giving


2.) “Only then shall you know that the erect and the fallen are but one man standing in the twilight between the night of his pygmy self and the day of his god self.”

-on Crime and Punishment


1.) “Or have you only comfort, and the lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house as guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.”

-on Houses

9 thoughts on “10 Great Quotes from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran

  1. Surely one of the most densely beautiful books ever written ~ true poetry, in its very highest sense. Took him four years to polish it, did you know? He wanted every word to be perfect ~ and he sure came close, didn’t he?

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  2. Wise men may share words of insight and knowledge that may be useful for others to follow and learn from.

    Yet, the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God far surpasses that of man. So, the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding that God has given in the Holy Written Word of God, the Holy Bible, is what is to be used. For it, the Holy Bible, far surpasses any work of man. For in the Holy Bible is life, truth, and wisdom, and that from God, not man.


    • Maybe. Or maybe gods are make-believe, and all written works are the product of human beings. If not all literature of the known universe comes from humans, I would give better odds that a tribe of inordinately intelligent dolphins figured out how to format a document in a human language and get it accepted by some publishing house’s editor-in-chief than I would that a god wrote it. Dolphins are smart, and — more relevantly — not imaginary.


  3. And he said:
    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,
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

    You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
    For they have their own thoughts.
    You may house their bodies but not their souls,
    For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
    You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
    You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
    The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
    Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
    For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.


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