All that spirits desire, spirits attain.
To understand the heart and mind of a person,
look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he
Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give
thanks for another day of loving.
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of
the days and nights; But your ears thirst for the sound of your hearts
love is like a tree without
blossom and fruit.
Love is the only freedom in the world because it so elevates the
spirit that laws of humanity do not alter its course.
And think not you can Direct the course of
love, For love, If it finds you worthy, Directs your course.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot
work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should
leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those
who work with joy.
When you are
joyous, look deep into your
heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that
is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and
you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your
kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but
manifestations of strength and resolution.
worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
I have learned silence from the
talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and
kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those
Khalil Gibran on Joy and Sorrow
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was
oftentimes filled with your tears.
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned
in the potter's oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that
was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall
find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall
see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your
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.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your
board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his
silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.