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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The Prophet (1923)

by Kahlil Gibran

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I just now got around to reading The Prophet. A lot of what's in here is common sense, easily recognized truths. One wishes that human beings would live by these sentiments, rather than just nodding their heads when they read them and then forgetting them in the context of real life. Some of the talk about God didn't appeal to me, although I recognize that Gibran seems to be talking about God more in the sense of a benign force in the universe rather than a being to be worshipped. Other bits flew right past me and would require rereading and further thought. And the ending bit about reincarnation--well, isn't it pretty to think so?

Even though this reads like an early version of the New Age self-help books that are now ubiquitous, Gibran certainly had a gift for poetic language and simple but evocative imagery, which elevates his writing above all that other claptrap. This is a book that I can see myself returning to often.

Read in 2014 for the RandomCAT Challenge. ( )
  sturlington | Sep 13, 2014 |
another MUST read for EVERYONE ( )
  SpiritedTruthSeeker | Aug 5, 2014 |
Reminds me of Wisdom and Proverbs. Very insightful and soothing to wounded souls. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
good but need to give some time in understanding it if no well versed with stlye of writer. ( )
  mishramahim | Jul 11, 2014 |
Es un libro que contiene varios temas de los cuales el autor que se hace llamar el profeta Amustafá empieza a desarrollar en la plaza del pueblo Orfaleseen el que vive. Aquí el Profeta le da una exponencia como Jesús en el sermón del Monte, cuando les empieza a hablar de la vida y de la forma de cómo vivirla. El profeta en este sentido habla sobre varios temas como el matrimonio, los niños, el amor, la amista, el placer, belleza, religión, muerte, dar, comer y beber, trabajo, alegría y dolor, casa, vestidos, comprar y vender, crimen y castigo, leyes, ,libertad, razón y pasión, dolor, conocimiento, ensenar, amistad, conversación, tiempo, lo bueno y lo malo, plegaria, la partida. En verdad es un libro excepcional, me encanto leerlo a tan temprana edad. Es un libro que ayuda mucho a reflexionar.

En este libro una de la frases que mas me impactaron fueron las siguientes: en la definición de matrimonio, dice así, “estén juntos, pero no demasiados juntos. Porque los pilares del templo están parados. Y ni el roble crece bajo la sombra del ciprés ni el ciprés bajo la del roble.”
En niños, “vuestros hijos no son hijos vuestros. Son los hijos y las hijas de la Vida, deseosa de perpetuarse. Vienen a través vuestro, pero no desde vosotros. Y aunque, estén con vosotros, no os pertenecen. Podéis brindarles vuestro amor, pero no vuestros pensamientos. Porque ellos tiene sus propios pensamientos.”
En vestido, “vuestra ropa esconde mucho de vuestra belleza y, sin embargo, no cubre lo que no es bello.”
Partida, “vago y nebuloso es el origen de todas las cosas, pero no su fin.”

Dar:Que son vuestras cosas posesiones sino cosas que acumuláis por miedo a necesitarlas mañana? ( )
  Pamelangeles | Jul 3, 2014 |
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Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved, who was a drawn unto his own day, had waited twelve years in the city of Orphalese for his ship that was to return and bear him back to the isle of his birth.
You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as week as your weakest link.
This is but half the truth. You are also as strong as your strongest link.
To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of the ocean by the frailty of its foam.
And ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of desperation.
When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him...
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 give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
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Library of Congress please note: this is NOT a work written in Arabic and translated into English. It is a work written in English by a Lebanese poet.
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Kahlil Gibran, born in Lebanon, is well known throughout the Arab world as well as the West for his poetry, art and philosophy. The Prophet, one of Gibran’s most celebrated books, is his first published collection of poems and has been translated into more than twenty languages. This 2001 edition of his book includes 12 of Gibran’s own drawings.
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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 rivaled 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." Free of dogma, free of power structures and metaphysics, consider these poetic, moving aphorisms a 20th-century supplement to all sacred traditions--as millions of other readers already have. --Brian Bruya

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A classic, published in 1923, containing 28 prose poems. This edition features twelve full-page mystical drawings by the famous Lebanese poet, philosopher and artist.

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