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Handful of Beach Sand

Kahlil Gibran


When you tell your trouble to your neighbor you present him with a part of your heart.  If he possesses a great soul, he thanks you;  if he possess a small one, he belittles you.

Progress is not merely improving the past;  it is moving forward toward the future.

A hungry savage picks fruit from a tree and eats it;  a hungry, civilized man buys it from a man who, in turn, buys it from the man who picks it.

Art is one step from the visibly known toward the unknown.

The earth breathes, we live; it pauses in breath, we die.

Man's eye is a magnifier;  it shows him the earth much larger than it is.

I abstain from the people who consider insolence, bravery and tenderness cowardice.  And I abstain from those who consider chatter wisdom and silence ignorance.

They tell me:  If you see a slave sleeping, do not wake him lest he be dreaming of freedom.

I tell them:  If you see a slave sleeping, wake him and explain to him freedom.

Contradiction is a lower degree of intelligence.

Bravery is a volcano; the seed of wavering does not grow on its crater.

The river continues on its way to the sea, broken the wheel of the mill or not.

The greater your joy or your sorrow, the smaller the world in your eyes.

Learning nourishes the seed but it gives you no seed of its own.

I use hate as a weapon to defend myself,  had I been strong, I would never have needed that kind of weapon.

There are among the people murders who have never committed murder, thieves, who have never stolen and liars who have spoken nothing but the truth.

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

O great intelligent Being !    hidden and existing in and for the universe, You can hear me because You are within me and You can see me because You are all-seeing;  please drop within my soul a seed of Your wisdom to grow a sapling in Your forest and to give of Your fruit.    Amen !


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