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The Prophet [EPUB] ✼ The Prophet ✿ Kahlil Gibran – Thomashillier.co.uk Kahlil Gibran s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time Published in , it has been translated into than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold th Kahlil Gibran s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time Published in , it has been translated into than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold than nine million copies The Prophet is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational Gibran s musings are divided into twenty eight chapters covering such sprawling topics as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.


10 thoughts on “The Prophet

  1. Karey Karey says:

    Now that I m reading The Prophet again, words that I read twenty seven years ago still ring clearly in my mind as I read them again today It was a wonderful moment a few evenings ago to find myself reciting aloud and from memory passages that had struck me then and now to the very core Kahlil Gibran spent a couple of years revising The Prophet Since it is a short book, the concepts come across as distilled The influences of his native Lebanon as well as his love for scripture, come through Now that I m reading The Prophet again, words that I read twenty seven years ago still ring clearly in my mind as I read them again today It was a wonderful moment a few evenings ago to find myself reciting aloud and from memory passages that had struck me then and now to the very core Kahlil Gibran spent a couple of years revising The Prophet Since it is a short book, the concepts come across as distilled The influences of his native Lebanon as well as his love for scripture, come through in the scriptural like language I am savoring this book slowly this time, taking little sips at a time


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry fables written in English by the Lebanese American poet and writer Kahlil Gibran It was originally published in 1923 by Alfred A Knopf It is Gibran s best known work The Prophet has been translated into over 100 different languages, making it one of the most translated books in history, and it has never been out of print The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, wo The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry fables written in English by the Lebanese American poet and writer Kahlil Gibran It was originally published in 1923 by Alfred A Knopf It is Gibran s best known work The Prophet has been translated into over 100 different languages, making it one of the most translated books in history, and it has never been out of print The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death 2001 1372 171 1373 149 1378 105 9643342522 1378 1379 1380 1382 1385 1386 9789646176348 1392 120 9789643342524


  3. Mansoor Mansoor says:

    The Prophet made me feel profoundly spiritual when I was nineteen It was a great way to experience spirituality and romance as a teenager, but as I got older, its lusty descriptions of the true meaning of love, marriage, and life just seem like pretty, but shallow, wordplay.Now, don t write to me and prove me wrong on this, because I like the idea very much I believe that Khalil Gibran was quite the player The Prophet has a seductive tone that avoids making any concrete statements, which is t The Prophet made me feel profoundly spiritual when I was nineteen It was a great way to experience spirituality and romance as a teenager, but as I got older, its lusty descriptions of the true meaning of love, marriage, and life just seem like pretty, but shallow, wordplay.Now, don t write to me and prove me wrong on this, because I like the idea very much I believe that Khalil Gibran was quite the player The Prophet has a seductive tone that avoids making any concrete statements, which is the strategy used by career players see SNL s The Ladies Man.Nonetheless, I still recommend everyone read The Prophet Whether you take the prose as deep advice or empty rhetoric, it is beautiful wordplay


  4. Lee Transue Lee Transue says:

    Despite your religious views, be they absent or strong, Gibran has given us a work of beauty that proves, to me at least, that faith is not necessary to be good and right.A favorite quote from the book Fill each other s cup but drink not from one cup.Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music Lee


  5. Brina Brina says:

    Kahlil Gibran was one of the leading Maronite philosophers of the first half of the twentieth century Born in Lebanon in 1883, his poetry accompanied by artwork has been translated into over twenty languages I decided to read his opus The Prophet, which is awe inspiring poetry written in novella form A classic that often surfaces on goodreads classics groups, The Prophet is a worthy edition to one s classics collection Gibran s philosopher Al Mustafa has traveled by boat to visit the Orphale Kahlil Gibran was one of the leading Maronite philosophers of the first half of the twentieth century Born in Lebanon in 1883, his poetry accompanied by artwork has been translated into over twenty languages I decided to read his opus The Prophet, which is awe inspiring poetry written in novella form A classic that often surfaces on goodreads classics groups, The Prophet is a worthy edition to one s classics collection Gibran s philosopher Al Mustafa has traveled by boat to visit the Orphalese people and speak words of wisdom to them Almitra becomes especially enad in Al Mustafa s teachings and either hangs onto or collaborates with him in his words as he wows the Orphalese with both his wisdom and knowledge Gibran s words translated into English are like reading any religion s scriptures and flow like the honey of the Middle East Passages speak of a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly and knows that yesterday is but today s memory and tomorrow is today s dream yet each page of this thin volume evokes powerful philosophy It is of little wonder that Almitra and her people would become enad with the words of Al Mustafa Almitra was also a seeress in her own right and desired that Al Mustafa remain in Orphal and that they join forces in prophecy I found this thinking to be progressive for its time or any time Some of Almitra s forward thinking included Blessed be this day and this place and your spirit that has spoken She is keen in her perceptive skills and values having one like Al Mustafa in her midst Yet, his destiny is not to remain in one sea faring village but to travel the region preaching words of wisdom to all people The version I read was a pocket book that also included a few of Gibran s sketches of Al Mustafa Between the poetry and drawings, he has created a masterpiece that flowed on the pages While I am used to reading psalms and prophetic teachings, I did not find Gibran s words to be anything that out of the ordinary but in comparison to the majority of secular works, his words are powerful Although not my absolute favorite, I am glad that I read this opus and would readof Gibran s poetry 3.75 stars rounded to 4


  6. Megan Baxter Megan Baxter says:

    I don t know if I can write this review I really don t It makes me feel extremely vulnerable, to contemplate putting so much of my heart out on view for people on the internet to see I also don t know if I have the words.Reading this book was both devastating and awe inspiring I was moved beyond words, particularly when I started reading it, started to let the words wash over me, when I realized how familiar they were, not the words, but the meanings behind them It felt like something I d b I don t know if I can write this review I really don t It makes me feel extremely vulnerable, to contemplate putting so much of my heart out on view for people on the internet to see I also don t know if I have the words.Reading this book was both devastating and awe inspiring I was moved beyond words, particularly when I started reading it, started to let the words wash over me, when I realized how familiar they were, not the words, but the meanings behind them It felt like something I d been swimming in my whole life and never realized it.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


  7. Patrick Patrick says:

    Of course I remember almost nothing of this book, except that it was an arduous journey through the elementary and unspecific explanation of religious doctrine that tries to be open and liberal, but is actually very conservative and full of ideology that I feel is unrewarding mostly due to the difficulty in actual application If anyone reads this, although I see no reason why they would, listen to my words The truth, however you define it, however you need it, is simple When you see it you kn Of course I remember almost nothing of this book, except that it was an arduous journey through the elementary and unspecific explanation of religious doctrine that tries to be open and liberal, but is actually very conservative and full of ideology that I feel is unrewarding mostly due to the difficulty in actual application If anyone reads this, although I see no reason why they would, listen to my words The truth, however you define it, however you need it, is simple When you see it you know When you don t, or can t, there is doubt Do not fill yourself with the doubt of uncertainty Know thyself, and be good to others As the great Prophet has done before me, I shall tear off the shroud of mystic truth which has become my body and mind and shed it upon the streets where the needy walk, so that they might find compassion and knowledge in the tattered cloth of my foolish youth For the Prophet offers his own words as truth for others and in turn so shall I lay the same trap, in the hope that the darkness in which I wrap you shall make you forge your own dagger with which to cut yourself free from the books you once called teachers Because I will not deny anyone that truth all things are teachers But all teachers lie, by accident or intention, to make others see the world their way And of course you will blame me for doing the same, but I will try my best not to impose any other doctrine than to not be led astray by the nectar of another s truth The wine tastes fine until it is drunk in full, and then one cannot find their way home Allow me to sober you many who have lavished Gibran with 5 stars His is the work of dreamers and that is what everyone loves, but dreamers do just that, wasting their lives into the infinite circles of their mind, calculating the perfection of time and space I would rather you lower yourself to the plain of human excrement, so that you one day exclaim in great truth, The Prophet is a shit stick Good for nothingthan wiping away reality Because that is what Gibran wants you to do Wipe away reality, and live in a fantasy that cannot exist.In truth Gibran oscillates a great deal in his tackling of his subject matter, life In some regards he appears dead on because of his continued juxtaposition of opposites often claiming things embody their other, saying each is to be taken in measure For even as love crowns you, so shall he crucify you As much as I would agree with this sentiment no one could really ever disagree with it , it is too general, like most of his assertions.He excites his audience to be good, as if this were an inherent part of our nature, just bursting though the seems of our mortality There just really isn t anything to disagree with, and that is what makes his statements so dangerous and a plague on the unwary He gives us hope beyond measure, and humanity, in all its desire, fills its tiny cup with all that it can hold Gibran gives us too much and consequently too little What would one do with boundless love Quit their job, leave home, become a traveler on a distant shore whom others beg for knowledge and truth Though we all may have the capacity to become prophets, it is likely most of us won t The children of god are fed with food, not promises of the eternal.Ah, so much to write, but not all is bad Gibran does say some nice things here and there, but I just happen to take issue with religious folk who don t think the dissemination of their message is harmful What is harmful The incomplete is harmful To knowingly give someone a jigsaw puzzle with pieces missing or withheld is a dangerous business At which point you will want to ask me, if their is no accessible truth that can be put into words, they why not go to the philosophical fish mongers and beg for scraps at the end of their business day The only answer I can give, ironically, is to become your own paragon through the study of books and then the burning of them Gibran will set you on a path with a happy ending, and as I ve said I find it hard to disagree with some of hischoice observations, He who wears his morality but as his best garment were better naked But as one of my favorite philosophers said There are no happy endings, because nothing ends Schmendrick the Magician Gibran offers us daily peace, and life and death in one hand, and the promise of the wandering life of the spirit in our daily toil, a place to recline when the world overwhelms I commend his attempt to sooth the mind of his listeners but we have all received a lolly from the dentist or doctor, whose truth fades quickly in the passing of sugary time And at the end we are left with the stick of truth, as the Prophet s listeners are left with nothing, because they cannot stand on their own He leaves them with a host of unfinished dreams and unrefined motivations They have inherited an unwieldy burden, one they cannot overcome if they take the Prophets words as truth.The problem is that this is a philosophy book masquerading as a beautiful storywhich is the poison in the ear It s easy to gobble up truth when it s coated in confection So just be careful out there and remember what the Prophet said If the teacher is indeed wise, he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom even if you beg , but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind Gibran gets a second star just for that line


  8. Dolors Dolors says:

    The richness of his poetic prose and its inherent musicality is what I take with me from Al Mustaf , Gibran s famous Prophet There is also a universal spirituality that doesn t succumb to the pressure of organized dogma that makes of this short fable a classic that might appeal to any reader regardless of his present, absent or muddled religious beliefs.The roundness of the last chapter reminds me of the serene wisdom of the ancient aphorisms in The Tao Te Ching because it allows multiple inter The richness of his poetic prose and its inherent musicality is what I take with me from Al Mustaf , Gibran s famous Prophet There is also a universal spirituality that doesn t succumb to the pressure of organized dogma that makes of this short fable a classic that might appeal to any reader regardless of his present, absent or muddled religious beliefs.The roundness of the last chapter reminds me of the serene wisdom of the ancient aphorisms in The Tao Te Ching because it allows multiple interpretations that don t compete against each other philosophy and mysticism go hand in hand along the natural cycle of existence rather than being at odds in constant disparity of visions that often lead to uncertainty, and eventually, to corroding guilt Precious gifts arrive at the right moment and allow joy to coexist with misery, hope with despair, gratitude with frustration, without forcing us to choose one over the other One door closes so that many others might be opened if we are courageous enough to persist, if we keep on walking Accepting life as it comes with all its imperfect balances is far from easy and sometimes we crave for that comforting presence that will becalm the stirred waters of a troubled conscience, the disparate chorus of contradictory longings, the festering pain of unhealed wounds May you be fortunate to find that soothing voice that will appease storms within you, be it in the form of poetic allegory, unconditional support from those who truly care about you, or both and be blessed, like I was, like I am


  9. Huda Yahya Huda Yahya says:

    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 Say not, I have found the truth, but rather, I have found a truth Say not, I have found the path of the soul Say rather, I have met the soul walking upon my path For the soul walks upon all paths The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals Your children a 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 Say not, I have found the truth, but rather, I have found a truth Say not, I have found the path of the soul Say rather, I have met the soul walking upon my path For the soul walks upon all paths The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals Your children are not your children They are the sons and daughters of Life s longing for itself Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens 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 Fill each other s cup but drink not from one cup Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music Give your hearts, but not into each other s keeping For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts And stand together, yet not too near together For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other s shadow When love beckons to you follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you And when he speaks to you believe in him, Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun, So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth But if in your fear you would seek only love s peace and love s pleasure, Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love s threshing floor, Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself Love possesses not nor would it be possessed For love is sufficient unto love And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night To know the pain of too much tenderness To be wounded by your own understanding of love And to bleed willingly and joyfully The timeless in you is aware of life s timelessness And knows that yesterday is but today s memory and tomorrow is today s dream You pray in your distress and in your need would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link This is but half the truth You are also as strong as your strongest link To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of the oceanby the frailty of its foam To judge you by your failures is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconstancy For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid seas For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care, nor your nights without a want and a grief, but rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound


  10. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The Prophet by Khalil Gibran is a short but invaluable book of philosophy and encouragement It is the story of The Prophet who gives his last lectures to the habitants of the seaside town of Orphalese before leaving in a boat to shores unknown It is filled with wisdom Despite the religious implication of the title, the philosophy here isthat of Spinoza You will be free not when your days are without worry and your nights are without desire of pain You will be free when your life is s The Prophet by Khalil Gibran is a short but invaluable book of philosophy and encouragement It is the story of The Prophet who gives his last lectures to the habitants of the seaside town of Orphalese before leaving in a boat to shores unknown It is filled with wisdom Despite the religious implication of the title, the philosophy here isthat of Spinoza You will be free not when your days are without worry and your nights are without desire of pain You will be free when your life is surrounded by these things and you raise yourself above them, nude and with constraint p.63 Because it is the morning dew of little things in which the heart finds its morning and refreshes itself p.76 And for the two, bee and flower, to give and to receive, the pleasure is a need and a boundless joy p.90 The book is filled with hundreds of beautiful quotes such as these which are useful to nourish the soul beset by the crises that we are living through at any moment in our lives It was given to me by a friend I knew here in Paris but left to Montreal years ago, and like the Prophet, she left me these words for which I eternally grateful Merci Genevi ve, wherever you are on earth or otherwise


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