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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The Prophet (original 1923; edition 1993)

by Kahlil Gibran

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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.… (more)
Title:The Prophet
Authors:Kahlil Gibran
Info:William Heinemann Ltd (1993), Edition: Gift edition, Hardcover, 128 pages
Collections:Your library
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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (1923)


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I feel like I'm supposed to love this book, but it just didn't do much for me. At its best the writing is quite lyrical and there are some wonderfully quotable passages, but taken as a whole it felt like Gibran had tried to find universals among world religions and that road had just led him to rather obvious truisms. ( )
  eldang | Nov 12, 2019 |
Reprinted 1964
  PAFM | Oct 19, 2019 |
I read this years ago. I'm not a religious person in the slightest. I might consider myself spiritual. This book was to me what I suppose the Bible or Koran, or Torah or whatever is to people of religion. It's a go-to book for learning how to be a better person. Provides insight into emotions, and ideas about work and life. ( )
  StevenJohnTait | Jul 29, 2019 |
Beautiful and short, this book is quite inspiring.

The framing of the story goes a bit like this; Almustafa is a venerable sage and the eponymous prophet. He has spent twelve years in a city called Orphalese waiting for the ship that will take him home. When the ship does come, it is time for Almustafa to depart and return to the place of his birth. However, Almustafa has won the hearts of the people and become one of their own, they don't want him to leave. When the local Seeress comes out though, they listen to his words of wisdom and Almustafa leaves.

Almustafa's words of wisdom cover just about all of the human condition. From Love and Marriage to Pain and Death, he discusses it all. So if you haven't yet read this, give it a try. It is pretty good. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
Some people really like this text.
To me it seems ok, not shattering or anything.
May require re-reading. ( )
  hvg | May 14, 2019 |
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McFarlane, RobertPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valckenier, LiesbethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Verhulst, CarolusTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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