Khalil Gibran

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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.

– Khalil Gibran



24 thoughts on “Khalil Gibran

  1. I love it, love it, love it. I tell Mother about this all the time.

  2. Love him. Love The Prophet and read it over and over to gain calm. 🙂

  3. My favorite too!!! I love The Prophet, and like you I read his work like a bible. He is amazing in his prophecies. He is amazing period!!!

  4. one of my favourite verses from The Prophet … thought of it all the time when raising our children 🙂

  5. Lovely poem. I learn so much through your blog.

  6. I read Gibran’s books in both versions Arabic and English Of course the Arabic version is with more depth in meaning.Specially Your Children Chapter..Thank yo for the visit.Cheers.jalal

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