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The Secrets of the Heart

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An early collection of Kahlil Gibran’s writings, showcasing the many styles of this prolific thinker, all profoundly beautiful
Kahlil Gibran reveals his vision of the soul and understanding of the world—past, present, and future—in this rich sampling of more than twenty works. Prose tales, fables, and poems evoke the mystic East and form a world at once powerful, tender, jo
ebook, 212 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Philosophical Library/Open Road (first published 1947)
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DJ Harris
May 08, 2013 DJ Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poetry Lovers
Recommended to DJ by: Alan White
Secrets of the Heart: Meditations of Kahilil Gibran (Hallmark Editions)
by Kahlil Gibran (Author of The Prophet )
Selected and with a Narration by Stanley Hendricks
Introduction by Manoocher Aryanpur
Drawings by Bill Greer


"Life is that which we see and experience through the spirit;
But the world around us we come to know through understanding and reason.

The prose in this little book is deep. I have used it for years; to add a special message to a card, put that special something in a love
Anhad Gill
Oct 19, 2014 Anhad Gill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not one of my favorite works of Khalil Gibran. Though he is known for his grievous, yet captivating style of writing, but sometimes I would have liked his parables to not have a tragic ending. Maybe because I picked this book up right after I finished one of his other books, I thought some of the endings were getting monotonous, and hence unexciting.

Like in all his other books, the comparisons he made, the metaphors used, are a delight for the reader. I did thoroughly enjoy that as
Jul 06, 2012 DC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of 11 pieces, a mix of short stories and poems. They're all characteristically of a beautiful language - beautiful in the sense that they all seem a little too... ornate, too flowery. (I suppose it's the writing style that dominates that part of the world?)

Nevertheless, the themes quite surprised me. I see here breaks in tradition, calls for change, intriguing endings. These are not your usual stories - these are stories that are meant to wake something inside you, making you reme
Jan 04, 2009 Sage rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have this old paperback titled, "Secrets of the Heart" by Kahlil Gibran. Not, "Hearts" as this goodreads title reads. It is worn and torn and falling apart and I can't find its print date. But it contains one of my favorite quotes of all time - a quote fairly telling of why I will always and forever be a tree-hugging, romantic with a penchant toward mysticism:

"I sought solitude for in it there is a full life for the spirit and for the heart and for the body. I found the endless prairies where
Jul 26, 2011 Serena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not my favorite work by Gibran and I have adored all of what I've read by him. Although The Secrets of the Heart maintains the similar poetic language of Gibran's style of writing, I feel it was a bit lackluster in power and evocation. These stories, I felt, paled in comparison to such works as Broken Wings and The Prophet. Much of these stories presented a similar call to action to renounce worldly possessions and embrace inner strength a theme prevalent throughout all his works howe ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
Kahlil Gibran is one of my favorite authors. Everything that I have read written by him is amazing. This book is sectioned off into many short stories, poems, and beautiful sayings. His works impress upon me deeply, simple truths that bring light to the heart. One of my favorite quotes in the book is: "God has placed in each soul a true guide to the great light, but man struggles to find life outside himself, unaware that the life he is seeking is within him."
Jul 03, 2014 Abdullah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is the best book i have read so far . it completely changed me and my lifestyle. a compltee bonus for everyone who thoroughly read this book.
Neerad Kumar
Aug 23, 2015 Neerad Kumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how he creates the mystic aura around the main character. His philosophy gives good perspective
Munai Das Udasin
Jan 15, 2015 Munai Das Udasin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This world is but a wine shop whose
Owner is Time, and the drunkards
Demands much for little offering

Hands down, one of the best poets I have read.
Jul 31, 2012 Rana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it's a great book it have money stories each one criticize a behavior in people and it's more of a spiritual book <3
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Khalil Gibran (also spelled Kahlil Gibran; Arabic: جبران خليل جبران or Halil Cibran) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer.
Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of Ottoman Mount Lebanon), as a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and po
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