Khalil Gibran Quotes And Poems From The Prophet

Founder Chris T Atkinson

When I first read khalil Gibran’s short little book “The Prophet” I was struck by his insight into human nature… And the way he was able to communicate these

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insights in such a poetic and powerful way…

Below is a section of his writing from his classic little book “The Prophet” ….On Joy and Sorrow that puts so well into words the discovery that I had made myself…

The discovery that if we would love greatly & experience joy greatly then we would also be hurt greatly.. Even as the grape must be crushed for others to enjoy the sweet wine that flows from it… So without further ado I give you Khalil Gibran…

On Joy and Sorrow

THEN a woman said, Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow. And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the self same well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit the very wood that was hollowed with knives? 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.

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.

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. Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.Only when you are empty are you at stand still and balanced. When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall. – Finish Quoting from Khalil Gibran

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