75 - The Prophet
Kahlil Gibran is considered the third bestselling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao Tzu, primarily for his 1923 collection of philosophical poems called The Prophet. In it a wandering prophet imparts his simple wisdom to fellow travelers on subjects as diverse as clothing, marriage, crime, and religion. The wise simplicity of Gibran’s words is what has made the book a worldwide beloved classic. Here are his thoughts on marriage, so you can see why so many have been inspired by him:
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But 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.
~ Evan Derrick