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“I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“أنت لست بصاحبي، يا صاح ! ولكن كيف السبيل لإقناعك فتفقه وتفهم ؟
إن طريقي غير طريقك ولكننا نمشي معاً جنباً إلى جنب .”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“My friend, I am not what I seem. Seeming is but a garment I wear — a care-woven garment that protects me from thy questionings and thee from my negligence. The "I" in me, my friend, dwells in the house of silence, and therein it shall remain for ever more, unperceived, unapproachable.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“ما بالنا نتجادل فيما سيؤول إليه أمرنا فى المستقبل
فى حين أننا لا نعرف ما نحن عليه اليوم ؟”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“يا صاحبي :إنني لست على ما يبدو لك مني ، فما مظاهري سوى رداء دقيق الصنع محوك من خيوط التساهل والحسنى ، ألتف به ليدرأ عني تطفلك ويقيك من إهمالي وتغافلي . وأما ذاتي الخفية الكبرى التي أدعوها أنا فسر غامض مكنون في أعماق سكون نفسي ولا يدركه أحد سواي ، وهنالك سيبقى أبدا غامضا مستترا .
يا صاحبي: إنني أود أن لا تصدق ما أقول وأن لا تثق بما أفعل ، لأن أقوالي ليست سوى صدى لأفكارك، وأفعالي ليست سوى أشباح آمالك .”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“أنا أعرف الوجوه،لأنني انظر إليها من خلال ماينسجهُ بصري فأرى الحقيقة التي وراءها بباصرتي”
Kahlil Gibran, المجنون
“الإنسان متى جلس على عرش الملك فقد صار عبداً
ومتى أدرك الناس أعماق روحه فقد طوى كتاب حياته
ومتى بلغ أوج كماله فقد قضي نحبه
بل هو كالثمرة إذا نضجت سقطت واندثرت”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“وما الذكري سوى ورقة خريف لا ترتعش فى الهواء هنيهة
حتى تُكّفن بالتراب دهراً”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“Defeat, my defeat, my deathless courage, You and I shall laugh together with the storm, And together we shall dig graves for all that die in us, and we shall stand in the sun with a will, And we shall be dangerous”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“My friend, I am not what I seem. Seeming is but a garment I wear-a care-woven garment that protects me from thy questionings and thee from my negligence.

The “I” in me, my friend, dwells in the house of silence, and therein it shall remain for ever more, unperceived, unapproachable.

I would not have thee believe in what I say nor trust in what I do-for my words are naught but thy own thoughts in sound and my deeds thy own hopes in action.

When thou sayest, “The wind bloweth eastward,” I say, “Aye it doth blow eastward”; for I would not have thee know that my mind doth not dwell upon the wind but upon the sea.

Thou canst not understand my seafaring thoughts, nor would I have thee understand. I would be at sea alone.

When it is day with thee, my friend, it is night with me; yet even then I speak of the noontide that dances upon the hills and of the purple shadow that steals its way across the valley; for thou canst not hear the songs of my darkness nor see my wings beating against the stars-and I fain would not have thee hear or see. I would be with night alone.

When thou ascendest to thy Heaven I descend to my Hell-even then thou callest to me across the unbridgeable gulf, “My companion, my comrade,” and I call back to thee, “My comrade, my companion”-for I would not have thee see my Hell. The flame would burn thy eyesight and the smoke would crowd thy nostrils. And I love my Hell too well to have thee visit it. I would be in Hell alone.

Thou lovest Truth and Beauty and Righteousness; and I for thy sake say it is well and seemly to love these things. But in my heart I laughed at thy love. Yet I would not have thee see my laughter. I would laugh alone.

My friend, thou art good and cautious and wise; nay, thou art perfect-and I, too, speak with thee wisely and cautiously. And yet I am mad. But I mask my madness. I would be mad alone.

My friend, thou art not my friend, but how shall I make thee understand? My path is not thy path, yet together we walk, hand in hand.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“A fox looked at his shadow at sunrise and said, “I will have a camel for lunch today.” And all morning he went about looking for camels. But at noon he saw his shadow again-and he said, “A mouse will do.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“رأيت وجهاً يظهر بألف مظهر. ووجهاً مظهره واحداً أبداً كأنما قد سبك في قالب.
ورأيت وجهاً قدرت أن أقرأ تحت طلاوته الظاهرة بشاعته المستترة، ووجهاً ما رأيت روعة جماله المحتجب حتى رفعت قناعه الظاهر.
ورأيت وجهاً شيخاً قد تجعّد ولكن على لاشيء، ووجهاً ناعماً قد ارتسمت على ملامحه جميع الأشياء.
أنا أعرف الوجوه لأنني أنظر إليها من خلال ما ينسجه بصري فأرى الحقيقة التي وراءها بباصرتي.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“إن لم ترمِ حياتنا إلى مستقبل أنبل وأبهى فباطلة هى”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“Fue así que me enloquecí.

Y en mi locura he hallado libertad y seguridad; la libertad de la soledad y la seguridad de no ser comprendido, pues quienes nos comprenden esclavizan una parte de nuestro ser.”
Kahlil Gibran, El Loco: Sus Parabolas y Poemas
“وما رفعت نظري أول مرة لأراه حتى قبّلت الشمس وجهي العاري لأول مرة. لأوّل مرة قبلت الشمس وجهي العاري فالتهبت نفسي بمحبة الشمس ولم أعد بحاجة إلى براقعي. وكأنما أنا في غيبوبة صرخت قائلاً: " مباركون مباركون أولئك اللصوص الذين سرقوا براقعي!!" .”
Kahlil Gibran, المجنون
“For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, "Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks." Thus I became a madman.”
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, The Mad Man
“You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen, the seven masks I have fashioned an worn in seven lives, I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, "Thieves, thieves, the cursed thieves."

Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses in fear of me.

And when I reached the market place, a youth standing on a house-top cried, "He is a madman." I looked up to behold him; the sun kissed my own naked face for the first time. For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, "Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks."

Thus I became a madman.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“I have seen a face with a thousand countenances, and a face that was but a single countenance as if held in a mould.

I have seen a face whose sheen I could look through to the ugliness beneath, and a face whose sheen I had to lift to see how beautiful it was.

I have seen an old face much lined with nothing, and a smooth face in which all things were graven.

I know faces, because I look through the fabric my own eye weaves, and behold the reality beneath.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“Art thou like me, child of my darkest heart? And dost thou think my untamed thoughts and speak my vast language?”

“Yea, we are twin brothers, O, Night; for thou revealest space and I reveal my soul.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
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“And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman: His Parables and Poems
“يا خيبتي ، يا خيبة ! يا شجاعتي التي لا تموت
أنت تضحكين معي في العاصفة، و تحفرين معي قبورا لما يموت مني و منك،
و تقفين معي أمام وجه الشمس بجلد و ثبات ...
فنكون معا هائلين و راعبين”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“آلمچنون : " پلى ، إنّنآ أخوآن توأمآن أيهآ آلليل ، فأنت تگشف مگنونآت آللآنهآية ، وأنآ أگتشف مگنونآت نفسي”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“أمّا أنا فإننى أضنُّ بجحيمى أن يزوره من كان على شاكلتك؛ لأننى أفضل أن أكون فى جحيمى وحدى.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“Once there lived in the ancient city of Afkar two learned men who hated and belittled each other's learning. For one of them denied the existence of the gods and the other was a believer.
One day the two met in the market-place, and amidst their followers they began to dispute and to argue about the existence or the non-existence of the gods. And after hours of contention they parted.
That evening the unbeliever went to the temple and prostrated himself before the altar and prayed the gods to forgive his wayward past.
And the same hour the other learned man, he who had upheld the gods, burned his sacred books. For he had become an unbeliever.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“memory is an autumn leaf that murmurs a while in the wind and then is heard no more.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“Remember only that I smiled. I do not atone-nor sacrifice-nor wish for glory; and I have nothing to forgive. I thirsted-and I besought you to give me my blood to drink. For what is there can quench a madman’s thirst but his own blood? I was dumb-and I asked wounds of you for mouths. I was imprisoned in your days and nights-and I sought a door into larger days and nights.

And now I go-as others already crucified have gone. And think not we are weary of crucifixion. For we must be crucified by larger and yet larger men, between greater earths and greater heavens.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman
“When thou ascendest to thy Heaven I descend to my Hell—even then thou callest to me across the unbridgeable gulf, “My companion, my comrade,” and I call back to thee, “My comrade, my companion” —for I would not have thee see my Hell. The flame would burn thy eyesight and the smoke would crowd thy nostrils. And I love my Hell too well to have thee visit it. I would be in Hell alone.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman: His Parables and Poems
“Y en mi locura he hallado libertad y seguridad; la libertad de la soledad y la seguridad de no ser comprendido, pues quienes nos comprenden esclavizan una parte de nuestro ser.”
Kahlil Gibran, El Loco
“And he said, “The joy of scaring is a deep and lasting one, and I never tire of it.”

Said I, after a minute of thought, “It is true; for I too have known that joy.”

Said he, “Only those who are stuffed with straw can know it.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Madman

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