Khalil Gibran stands amongst the Arab world’s greatest writers, and is an incredible interdisciplinary who juggled between the worlds of prose, poetry and visual art.
On the occasion of “A Window to the Soul: Gibran Khalil Gibran” an exhibition taking place in Sharjah’s House of Wisdom commemorating the poet’s important contributions to visual art and featuring a number of his most poignant manuscripts, we’ve come up with a list of Khalil Gibran quotes that are truly inspiring. All taken from his book The Prophet, here are the late poet’s words on pain, nature and death.
“The earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
Gibran reminds us of our innate harmony with nature and that we are extensions of it and not above it. So go ahead and take that walk in the park, watch the sunset or lay in the grass. Whatever you do, do not forget to regularly connect with Mother Nature.
“The lust for comfort kills the passions of the soul.”
Stepping out of one’s comfort zone is key to personal growth. Although comfort is the easy way out, a life spent with no confrontations and no trials is not a life well spent. Not knowing the outcome is not a valid reason for not taking a risk. Remember this quote the next time you’re about to excuse your way out of trying new things.
“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.”
Some aspects of modern life point to an increasingly death-denying culture, from excessive consumerism to billionaires funding age-reversal startups, we seem to forget that there is power in the certainty of death. Knowing your life is not guaranteed should be a catalyst for self-awareness and mindfulness.
“Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.” But I say unto you, they are inseparable”.
Khalil Gibran’s words on pain and joy remind you that whatever hardship you may be going through, however inescapable it may seem in the present moment, remember that it’s only thanks to hard times that we are able to appreciate the good times. If you don’t know misfortune, how can you know what joy is?
“A Window to the Soul: Gibran Khalil Gibran” runs for four months until 6th of January 2022.
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