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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 divid
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Hardcover, 129th , 96 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Borzoi Books/Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (first published 1923)
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Man0sh
Dec 26, 2010 Man0sh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
أعتقد أنها ستكون أروع شئ قرأته وسأقرأه عن الأنسانية والحب والعطاء والحكمة
كتاب رائع يستحق الاقتناء وقرائته أكثر من مرة
أبدع ثروت أباظه في ترجمته ويكأنه علي لسان عربي وليس بمترجم

أشد المقطوعات أثارت أعجابي
في المأكل والمشرب
وحين تنحر ذبيحتك ناجها في سريرتك قائلا:"إن الفدرة التي تذبحك هي نفسها... تذبحني؛وأنا مثلك مصيري الفناء.
فإن الناموس الذي أسلمك إلى يدي سوف يسلمني إلى يد أشد بأسا.
وحين تقضم التفاحة بين اسنانك،ناجها قائلا:"لسوف تحيا بذورك في جسدي، وتزهر براعم غدك في قلبي، ويصبح عبيرك أنفاسي؛ومعا ن
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Karey
Jan 03, 2008 Karey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a breath of fresh air
Now that I'm reading The Prophet again, words that I read twenty-seven years ago still ring clearly in my mind as I read them again today. It was a wonderful moment a few evenings ago to find myself reciting aloud and from memory passages that had struck me then--and now--to the very core. Kahlil Gibran spent a couple of years revising The Prophet. Since it is a short book, the concepts come across as distilled. The influences of his native Lebanon as well as his love for scripture, come through ...more
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إن أطفالكم ما هم بأطفالكم فلقد وَلَدهم شوقُ الحياة إلى ذاتها
بِكُمْ يَخرجون إلى الحياة، ولكن ليس مِنكُم وإنْ عاشوا في كنَفِكُم
فما هُم مِلْكَكُم قد تمنَحونَهُم حُبَّكُم ولكن دونَ أفكارِكم

فلَهُمْ أفكارُهم ولقد تؤون أجسادَهم لا أرواحهم ، فأرواحُهُم تَسْكُنُ
في دار الغد، وهيهات أن تلموا به، ولو في خَطَرات أحلامكم
وفي وسْعِكُم السَّعي لتكونوا مِثلهم، ولكن لا تُحاولوا أن تَجْعَلوهُم
مِثْلكم فالحياة لا تعود القهقرى، ولا تَتَمَهَّل عِنْد الأمس أنتم
الأقواس، منها ينطلق أبناؤكم سِهامًا حَيَّة

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Mansoor
Apr 20, 2007 Mansoor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Prophet made me feel profoundly spiritual when I was nineteen. It was a great way to experience spirituality and romance as a teenager, but as I got older, its lusty descriptions of the true meaning of love, marriage, and life just seem like pretty, but shallow, wordplay.

Now, don't write to me and prove me wrong on this, because I like the idea very much. I believe that Khalil Gibran was quite the player. The Prophet has a seductive tone that avoids making any concrete statements, which is t
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Lee Transue
May 04, 2007 Lee Transue rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Despite your religious views, be they absent or strong, Gibran has given us a work of beauty that proves, to me at least, that faith is not necessary to be good and right.

A favorite quote from the book:

"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."

Lee
Patrick
Mar 03, 2013 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Of course I remember almost nothing of this book, except that it was an arduous journey through the elementary and unspecific explanation of religious doctrine that tries to be open and liberal, but is actually very conservative and full of ideology that I feel is unrewarding mostly due to the difficulty in actual application. If anyone reads this, although I see no reason why they would, listen to my words. The truth, however you define it, however you need it, is simple. When you see it you kn ...more
Huda Yahya

ولا تقل في ذاتك : قد وجدت الحق
بل قل بالأحرى : قد وجدت حقا

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الحب لا يعطي إلا من نفسه، ولا يأخذ إلا من نفسه
والحب لا يملك، ولا يطيق أن يكون مملوكاً
وحسب الحب أنه حب

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إذا الحب أوما إليكم فاتبعوه
حتى وان كانت مسالكه وعرة وكثيرة المزالق
وإذا الحب لفكم بجناحيه فاطمئنوا اليه
حتى وإن جرحتكم النصال المخبوءه تحت قوادمه
وإذا الحب خاطبكم فصدقوه
حتى وان عبث صوته باحلامكم كما تعبث ريح الشمال بازهار الحديقة

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إذا أحب أحدكم فلا يقولن
إن الله في قلبي
وليقل بالأحرى
إنني في قلب الله
ولا يخطرن لكم ببال أن في م
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Ahmad  Ebaid
Apr 08, 2016 Ahmad Ebaid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أدب, فلسفة
ليس هناك فرصة أفضل لإعادة كتابة هذه المراجعة من هذه الأيام حيث يثور الجميع من حولي على اكليشيه "خليك زي حماده", و "be like Bill"
فنبي جبران, مثل مدير أحد تلك الصفحات, يقوم بوضع أنماط محددة لحياتنا, عن طريق نصائح مباشرة مبتذلة. ومُقتي لهذا الشكل من النصائح مهما كان محتواها ومهما كان قائلها يفوق مُقت سام هاريس لنعوم تشومسكي, أو حتى مُقت كريستوفر هيتشنز للأم تريزا. وهذا لا يعني أن نصائح جبران كانت جيدة بأي حال.

الكتاب هو محاولة لمحاكاة نبي نيتشة المسمى زرادشت في كتاب "هكذا تكلم زرادشت", لكن عدد قراء
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Huda Yahya

I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit

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Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.' Say not, ' I have found the path of the soul.' Say rather, 'I have met the soul walking upon my path.' For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals

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Your children are not
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Jahn Sood
Jul 26, 2007 Jahn Sood rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: someone in a quiet place
I'm not sure that this book lived up to the thousands of recomendations that I got to read it. It is very beautiful, many of the lines are great, but as a whole, it seems like a sort of ode to indecision. Maybe I didn't take enough time with it, but seemed to me to be so heavily focussed on balance and contradictions that it didn't make any extreme proclamations. Maybe balance is more real than that which is self-glorifying, but I just wasn't as moved as I wanted to be. Maybe at a different time ...more
أحمد
Apr 30, 2015 أحمد rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يلقِّب البعض هذا الكتاب بإنجيل جبران. أعتقد أن هذا هو الوصف الأنسب لكتاب اقتبس كاتبه حروفه من نور سماوي. ترجمة ثروت عكاشة جعلت النص العربي يبدو كأنه هو النص الأصلي الذي كُتب به الكتاب.

أحمد الديب
2008
Ibrahim Saad
Apr 12, 2015 Ibrahim Saad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
جبران !! ...

إن كان لنا أن نلتقي في غسق الذكرى ثانية ً ، فسوف نتحدث معاً مرةً أخرى ، وسوف تغنّون لي أُغنية أعمق
وإذا قُيض لأيدينا أن تلتقي في حُلُمٍ آخر ، فسوف نُشيّدُ بُرجاً آخرَ في السماء .
أما الآن فقد هجرنا النومُ ، وانتهى حُلمنا ، وما من فجر . الظهيرة جاءت وتحوّلت يقظتنا في انتصافها إلى نهارٍ أكثر اكتمالاً ، وعلينا أن نفترق .

هل كان يقصدني جبران بكلامه هذا ، هل كان يقصد كل من سيقرأ الكتاب .. لا أدري .
كالعادة بعد أن أنتهي من أي كتاب لجبران ، أقف والحيرة تسيطر على كل تفكيري ، ماذا أقول عن هذا
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ryan
Jul 29, 2007 ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
a book for anyone willing to step outside of the insitutionalized perspective of life that most of America and the world finds itself in. Every line is an intuitive and insightful proclamation of the gut feelings we all have about the way life can be lived and should be lived. I have heard the quote on marriage being like two trees standing near each other with a little space between them so the wind (God) can come between them. it's an extremely popular and inspirational book!
Riku Sayuj
Feb 15, 2012 Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, poetry, r-r-rs
Re-read a classic to start off the new year. As with every classic, this too turned up in a new light. With echoes of Schopenhauer, Kant and even Comte, this deep poem suddenly took new life in this reading. Now what is left is to search out which way the influence spread before flowering in this expression - east to west, the other way, or is it an early amalgamation of all philosophy like all truly great poems are.
Jason Koivu
Apr 04, 2016 Jason Koivu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Kahlil Gibran is a name that's been revolving around the fringes of my to-read possibilities. As one of the most widely read writers in the world, how could he not?

The Prophet combines faith and philosophy in a series of questions and answers on life and death and all the big topics in between, all delivered in a style similar to the Socratic Method...except that it's not really promoting any kind of critical thinking. Yes, there are some fundamental truths to be gleaned herein, same as you'd fi
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Mar 31, 2010 §-- rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: trash cans, hippies, idiots
Shelves: least-favorites
98% Nonsense. I feel dizzy.

There are a couple nice lines in here:

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
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?"

And,

"Beauty is eternity looking at itself in the mirror."

THAT'S IT, though. There is nothing else worth reading. Yea Verily, I say unto ye that ye cannot be intelligent or well-re
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John
This is a semi-poetic collection of views on important things in life, like love, giving, crime and punishment, pain, talking, and beauty. They are told by a wise person who gives his opinions when solicited by the town on his day of departure. I like this part:

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children.
And he said:
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 the
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Ahmed
Sep 23, 2015 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

هناك رسائل إنسانية سامية , رسائل خطّها بشر من نوع خاص , رسائل قد تصل لدرجة ما من القداسة , من حيث سمو مكانتها وعلوها .

فقد ناطحت السحاب من حيث عظمة الإبداع , ولا يمكنك عندما تفرغ من قرائتها إلا الاستسلام لبالغ أثرها من براعة لفظ و روعة وصف و دقة تعبير .

نواجه هنا نص في غاية الجمال , نص لخّص فيها إنسان معاناته و تجربته الإنسانية العظيمة بطريقة أقل ما يوصف بها هي العظمة.

أيها السادة : ببساطة مطلقة , هناك بعض النصوص لابد لك من قرائتها قبل أن تموت , ضع ذلك النص على رأس هذه القائمة.
Nadia Mounier
Mar 29, 2011 Nadia Mounier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
دي مش هتبقي أول و أخر مرة أقراه, الكتاب مليان جدا و أعتقد انه صعب ان الواحد يدركه من أول مرة و لكني استمتعت بشكل كبير جدا بيه. فكرته فكرتني جدا بخطبة الوداع لسيدنا محمد (ص) , و ده مفسره ثروت عكاشة في المقدمة عن تأثر جبران بالانجيل و القرأن و النسخة الانجليزيه في أسلوبها الشعري و الرومانسي متأثر جدا بأسلوب ترجمة الانجيل , حتي الالفاظ المستخدمة شعرية انجليلة بشكل واضح.

ثروت عكاشة ابدع في الترجمة لم يجعلها ترجمة حرفية أو حتي ترجمة محترفية ناقلة فقط بالعكس أنا كنت احيانا بنسي انها ترجمة, أسلوبه الشعر
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Dan
Jul 16, 2007 Dan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: college guys who want to impress girls, teenagers who want to feel spiritual
This book is cool because it is an excellent display of how similar the world's religions truly are. When it comes down to it, they are really all the same and the differences are mainly aesthetic.

However, pretty much any person who has learned about many different religions is really going to come to the same conclusion. All the religions in the world are all compatible, because their entire purpose is to provide a belief system to help people in a society get along. The rules that make humans
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حياة الياقوت
أجمل ما في هذا الكتاب هو المقدمة التي كتبها المترجم د. ثروت عكاشة والتي تناهز المئة صفحة.
فيها ذكر سيرة جبران، وقد انبهرت بكثير من الحقائق التي ذكرها خاصة علاقته بـ"ماري هاسكل".
ومن الأمور المفيدة في المقدمة تحليله حول فكر جبران وعقيدته، وكيف أنه أقرب إلى الصوفية والإيمان بوحودة الوجود والحلول من أي شيء آخر. وأيضا من تبيانه أنه ثمة تناص في الشكل على الأقل بين ما كتبه جبران وبين ما كتبه نيتشه.

كتب "النبي" أصلا بالإنكليزية، ولم يترجمه جبران إلى العربية. ترجمة د. عكاشة بليغة جدا وفيها روح أدبية رائعة
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Jen
Jul 01, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wannabe mystics
Recommended to Jen by: it was free, so it recommended itself
I am torn between loving this book and wanting to make fun of it. Lets have the fun first. From Jen, the prophet-

On laughter:

And now, why do you snicker, or sniggle, or cough aloud
when a wrong happens? The mouth of the unjust is eternally in riot, it delights to bare the teeth and pull back the unclean lips.


As Bram pointed out there are definite subtexts here...this is my genius, of course. I meant to be all subtexty and such. Ha.


I loved this book. Loved it. When I read it, alone, it was wonderf
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Hend
Apr 16, 2012 Hend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
The song of love ,love of nature, and all other creatures
, love that illuminates the wonderful aspects of life and that gives life meaning and depth. ……
He believe in the purity of human being and the goodness hidden in every soul, that is devoid of any evil … it is a whisper on spirituality……

A quote that I liked….

Love has no other desire but to fulfill 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 n
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Erinina Marie
May 31, 2007 Erinina Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erinina-approved
The Prophet by Kalil Ghibran

This book was given to me as a gift from my director in the last show that I did. I carried it with me everywhere and read it on the train, anytime I was waiting or bored. It brought me such immense comfort and inspiration. When I would read it’s pages before a long day at work, I came to work much more peaceful, than crabby. It’s messages are simple, yet profound and there is room in them to interpret them and hear them according to wherever you are in your life. I t
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Zaki
Jun 28, 2012 Zaki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think people are making this out to be something it's not. It's bombastic nonsense.
Becky
Jan 31, 2014 Becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2014
I admit that I was curious about this book, though it is not something that I would usually gravitate toward. I don't get down with preachy-type stuff. BUT, still I was curious, so when a friend bought me this book for Christmas, I decided to not let it languish on my shelves until I forgot I had it and just go forth and read it.

And now I can say that I have read it... but I don't think that it really did much for me. I'm not much into spiritual or inspirational stuff for its own sake. I can en
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Muhammad Galal
-- مصنّفٌ هذا الكتاب بأنّه أشهر و أروع ما كتب جبران .
-- قال عنه صاحبه " إنّه ديانتي و أقدسُ قدسيّات حياتي "
-- أٌصدرَ بالإنجليزيّة عام 1923 م .
-- عرّبه الأرشمندريت أنطونيوس بشير .
-- استمرّ جبران في التعبير عن وحدة الوجود بصوره الأكثر من رائعة .
-- زيارتي الثالثة عشر لجبران .
--" إنّ جميع كتابات جبران تدعو إلى التفكير العميق ، بل ترغم قارئها على إعمال ذهنه و عقله .
فإن كنتَ تخاف تفكّر فالأجدر بكَ ألّا تقرأ جبران " كلام أديب عندما سُئل عن جبران " .
-- هو بالفعل كتاب مُرهِق خاصة في ظلّ عودتي له بعد ان
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Sarah
Jan 02, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الطبعة التي قرأتها عن (دار العرب للبستاني)..مكتوب عليها أنها الترجمة الوحيدة التي أقرها جبران
وهي ترجمة: أنطونيوس بشير
الطبعة الثانية-1985

ومرفق بها الاثني عشرة لوحة التي رسمها جبران لهذا الكتاب-للأصل الانجليزي لهذا الكتاب-
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استمتعتُ بقراءة هذا الكتاب الصغير
،وجداني جدًا،وفلسفته المحبة المعطاءة..ليس متفائلاً أو متشائمًا،بل يحاول أن ينبه لماوراء كل فعل وسلوك يشترك فيه البشر
تكلم عن الدين والزواج والعمل والصداقة والشريعة والجريمة والشر والخير..
عن الحب والعطاء الذي في كل شئ،عن عمق هذه الأشياء جميعًا
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ملحق
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
There is a wealth of insight and wisdom in this book. I don't remember exactly when I first read it all the way through, but I regularly pull it out and read portions of it.

Here is the quote that has remained strongest in my mind over the years. I frequently recite some of these lines when I'm making a bid for the sweet blessedness of silence:

"You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart
you live in your lips,
And sound
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Sidharth Vardhan
"It is not a garment I cast off this day, but a skin that I tear with my own hands.
Not is it a thought I leave behind me, but a heart made sweet with hunger and wuth thirst."


Kahlil Gibran is world’ third best-selling poets of all time behind Shakespeare and Laozi. ‘The Prophet’ is often considered his best work. The Prophet Almustafa (the chosen and beloved is about to aboard a ship before he is stopped by people who ask him to give his views on different subjects - his discourse forms most of
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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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“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” 7957 likes
“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.” 3905 likes
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