Friday, June 11, 2010

Quotes from "The prophet" by Gibran Khalil Gibran

Dear readers,Here I decided this time to share with you a famous saying of the Lebanese Writer, Painter & Sculptor "Gibran Khalil Gibran" out of his book the prophet.I admire his writing and especially this one,that talks about children and their place in our lives and emphasis the fact that they are free spirits and do not belong to their parents.

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of Children."
And he said:
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 may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

French Version:
Une femme qui tenait un nouveau- contre son sein dit : parle-nous des enfants.
Il dit :
Vos enfants ne sont pas vos enfants.
Ils sont les fils et les filles du désir de la Vie pour elle-même.
Ils passent par vous mais ne viennent pas de vous,
Et bien qu'ils soient avec vous, ils ne vous appartiennent pas.
Vous pouvez leur donner votre amour, mais pas vos pensées.
Car ils ont leurs propres pensées.
Vous pouvez loger leurs coprs, mais pas leurs âmes.
Car leurs âmes habitent la maison de demain, que vous ne pouvez visiter, pas même en rêve.
Vous pouvez vous efforcer d'être semblables à eux, mais ne cherchez pas à les rendre semblables à vous,
Car la vie ne revient pas en arrière et ne s'attarde pas avec le passé.
Vous êtes les arcs à partir desquels vos enfants, telles des flèches vivantes, sont lancés.
L'Archer vise la cible sur la trajectoire de l'infini, et Il vous courbe de toutes ses forces afin que les flèches soient rapides et leur portée lointaine.
Puisse votre courbure dans la main de l'Archer être pour l'allégresse,
Car de même qu'Il chérit la flèche en son envol, Il aime l'arc aussi en sa stabilité.

the work and other works can be found on: also in Arabic and Czech.


  1. Oh, really very good! I love Khalin too. Here in Brazil, in the mystic institution called Rose Cross (AMORC), we have a set of CDs that narrate the entire book "The Prophet". It's just amazing.

    Nice post!