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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
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The Prophet (original 1923; edition 2013)

by Kahlil Gibran, Suheil Bushrui (Editor)

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Title:The Prophet
Authors:Kahlil Gibran
Other authors:Suheil Bushrui (Editor)
Info:Oneworld Publications (2013), Edition: Annotated, Paperback, 176 pages
Collections:Meaning of Life Books
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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (1923)

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I picked up a First Edition copy at Thrift Store! The Greatest Find of My life! ( )
  TheStrawberryMoon | Sep 3, 2018 |
Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies.

The Prophet is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran’s musings are divided into twenty-eight chapters covering such sprawling topics as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.

Each essay reveals deep insights into the impulses of the human heart and mind. The Chicago Post said of The Prophet: “Cadenced and vibrant with feeling, the words of Kahlil Gibran bring to one’s ears the majestic rhythm of Ecclesiastes . . . If there is a man or woman who can read this book without a quiet acceptance of a great man’s philosophy and a singing in the heart as of music born within, that man or woman is indeed dead to life and truth.”

With twelve full-page drawings by Gibran, this beautiful work makes an incredible gift for anyone seeking enlightenment and inspiration.
  tony_sturges | Jul 27, 2018 |
good but need to give some time in understanding it if no well versed with stlye of writer. ( )
  mahimm | Jul 15, 2018 |
A poem.. ( )
  RashikNahiyen | Apr 16, 2018 |
A book with amazing imageries and allegories.

Read with an open mind, and you will take out much.

The gem of this book is the page on Teaching, where Khalil Gibran wrote:

"No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge... 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... As each one of you stands alone in God's knowlege, so must each one of you be alone in his knowledge of God and in his understanding of the earth."

I love the way concepts are presented in this book, through imageries and allegories, requiring interaction between the reader and the writer. The open-endedness prompts thinking, and in the end, the understanding of the concepts are your own. ( )
  yamiyoghurt | Jan 29, 2018 |
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Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved, who was a dawn 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.
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You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak 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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The Syrian author, a poet, mystic and painter, was born in Palestine but lived in America for over twenty years. Translated from the Arabic, these widely-read, often profound meditations upon life and people bear a resemblance to some parts of the Bible in both content and style.… (more)

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3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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