The Prophet

The Prophet

Hardcover | September 12, 1923

byKahlil Gibran

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Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more 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.

Each essay reveals deep insights into the impulses of the human heart and mind. The Chicago Post said of The Prophet: “Cadenced and vibrant with feeling, the words of Kahlil Gibran bring to one’s ears the majestic rhythm of Ecclesiastes . . . If there is a man or woman who can read this book without a quiet acceptance of a great man’s philosophy and a singing in the heart as of music born within, that man or woman is indeed dead to life and truth.”

With twelve full-page drawings by Gibran, this beautiful work makes an incredible gift for anyone seeking enlightenment and inspiration.

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Each generation discovers anew the poetry and the wisdom of Kahlil Gibran's "The Prophet", as he addresses the major themes of our daily lives.

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Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more 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 chap...

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A brilliant man's philosophy on love, marriage, joy and sorrow, time, friendship and much more. Originally published in 1923 - translated into more than 20 languages. With 12 full page drawings by Gibran.

Kahlil Gibran was born in 1883 in Lebanon and died in New York in 1931. His family emigrated to the United States in 1895. In his early teens, the artistry of Gibran's drawings caught the eye of his teachers and he was introduced to the avant-garde Boston artist, photographer, and publisher Fred Holland Day, who encouraged and supported Gibran in his creative endeavors. A publisher used some of Gibran's drawings for ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 8.53 × 5.68 × 0.59 inPublished:September 12, 1923Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Omg I have been meaning to read this for the longest time and I finally bought it. This book, I must say, is a life changing one. Every poem, every word is something I can hold dear to my heart. When you read it, a light bulb lights up and you think 'hey, he's right'. His words are so soothing and calming. It is a must read.
Date published: 2012-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Prophet Amazing, philosophical text disguising itself as an effortless read. A life-changing book...especially the chapters on "love" and "marriage".
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Prophet - A Masterpiece Impossibly elegant and beautiful. This poetic collection of philosophical musings on Love, Children, Friendship, Pain, Death and just about every other aspect of the human condition, is a treasure. The spirituality shared transcends all religions. Since its publication in 1923, it has been translated into over twenty languages. The lessons are at once gentle, mystical, and compassionate. This is a work of art of the very highest order and speaks quietly of universal truths. It stands uniquely as a miracle of literary brilliance. Kahlil Gibran's masterwork is a gift to all of mankind. A wise and important book.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An All Time Favourite - every one should own a copy! Kahlil Gibran brings the reader to a place of inner peace quicker than you can imagine! Gently and sweetly. Words that mark you for all time.
Date published: 2007-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tear stained pages the most haunting yet beautiful book i have ever read in my entire life. there aren't words to express how wonderful, inspiring, and spiritual the writings of kahlil gibran are. 'the prophet' is a very recommended read for every human being walking this earth. it gives great, non-biased insight onto the simplest, yet basic 'stages' in everyone's lives. from love to death. so much so, that it has the power to influence--in a positive manner. guaranteed that after reading the book, it will be stained with tears.
Date published: 2000-06-28

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ON LOVE Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love. And he raised his head and looked upon the peo­ple, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said: 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.  Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.He threshes you to make you naked.He sifts you to free you from your husks.He grinds you to whiteness.He kneads you until you are pliant;And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.  All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.  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.  When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.” And think not you can direct the course of love, for 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.To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ec­stasy;To return home at eventide with gratitude;And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.