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Kahlil Gibran (Lebanese)

Your Children Your children are not your children.They are 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 … Continued

Your Children

Your children are not your children.
They are 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 thir 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 make 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 also loves the bow that is stable.

Quotes by Gibran

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.

One day you will ask me which is more important? My life or yours? I will say mine and you will walk away not knowing that you are my life.

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.

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