Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) was a Lebanese American artist, poet and writer. He spent most of his life in the United States. He is the third bestselling poet in history after Shakespeare and Lao Tse.

———great and famous—–

“To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.”

“The light of the stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So is it with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personality.”

“You see but your shadow when you turn your back to the sun.”

“If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.”

“The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.”

“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”

“The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness; and knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.

——————–On Childrn———-

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.

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