The original plan was to follow the ‘Kahlil Gibran' post with a selection of quotes that have been attributed to him, but Upton Park beckoned last week. So, a little later than planned, here they are, along with a selection of Gibran's art.
‘Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it, take with you your all’
‘Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you, and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you’
‘Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair’
'Untitled' (from 'The Garden of the Prophet')
‘For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one’
‘Spare me the political events and power struggles as the whole earth is my homeland and all men are my fellow countrymen’
‘Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking’
'The Summit' (from 'Sand and Foam')
‘I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers’
‘Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens’
‘Love … it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be’
‘I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires’
‘March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path’
‘If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they do not, they never were’
'The Marriage of the Prophet'
‘You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give’
‘Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance’
'Harmony at the Peak'
‘Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love’
‘You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance’
‘But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of heaven dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls’
'Night Flight Goddess'