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A Tear and a Smile

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Contains 56 parables, stories, and poems in Gibran's wholly inimitable manner. Illustrated with 4 of his own paintings and drawings, it is the most important edition to the canon of this great writer.
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published June 27th 1950 by Alfred A.Knopf (first published 1914)
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Maida
Jan 31, 2010 added it
"I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart for the joys of the multitude.And I would not have the tears that sadness makes
to flow from my every part turn into laughter.
I would that my life remain a tear and a smile."
Azadeh Nasrazadani
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The first page says it all: "I would rather that my life remain a tear and a smile." It definitely had an impact on the way I viewed life. I love this book.
Soad
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
No matter how much Gibran I read I still keep coming back. A while ago I flipped through a tear and a smile but I never committed to reading it but when this year was coming to such a unenthusiastic end I thought I needed a little spirituality to pick my mood up again.

This book is filled with stories that center around the human spirit. The corruption of the soul is so easy to treat but as humans we are blind to our own mistakes and doomed to repeat them. Your heart has a empty void that only
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عماد العتيلي
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it

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“Yesterday I was rich in happiness and today I am poor in gold”

First off, there is one fact I'd like to make clear: Gibran in translation (English translation) is far more elegant and grandeur than the Original Gibran! And that is really weird!
I tried to read this book in Arabic but I found it silly and boring, while in English it was really profound and deep. I don't know why that happened!

Anyway, this book is a book of wisdom. It truly touched my heart. I loved it.

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I'd like to say a very BIG
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Fran
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, poetry
The poetic beauty of Kahlil Gibran's writings always touch my heart and soul. The magnificent poetry and prose pieces within this book were written when he was scarcely twenty years old. He had a remarkable, mature grasp of man's destiny and the meaning of his existence. This is definitely a book I will read again and again.
Hasan
Jul 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: khalil-gibran
"A tear to unite me with those of broken heart; A smile to be a sign of my joy in existence."

A Tear and a Smile was first published in 1914 and contains 56 parables, stories, and poems. The entire book and the stories, poems are filled with lessons both happy and somber. They contain wide range of emotions and thoughts and are quite simple to understand. I don't however understand the authors love of death as can be read in "A poets death is his life". I have read a lot about Gibran. And one
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KarmA1966
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful stories beautifully told. In this era of cynical narcissists where everyone is "the smartest guy in the room," it's a joy to read something hopeful with a dash of innocence.

Could I survive on Gibran alone?

No, for the same reasons I couldn't only eat donuts, but dipping a toe in, like that first bite of a jelly-filled, is close to an out of body experience. I'm sure it's the sugar rush, but I'm dizzy, giddy, I'm floating on air.
Bob Nichols
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I suppose these essays/poems could be summed up as follows: a tear for this life and a smile for the next. The writing is mostly about being bound by matter, and being free through spirit. Overall, these are nicely stated, accessible words, with rich religious imagery (“Behold the sun rising from out of darkness”) for those who believe in a divine world, drawing from various religious strains of thought, including Plato. “And so,” Gibran writes, “the spirit become separated from the greater ...more
Neelam Babul
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had only read The Prophet by Khalil Gibran and I loved his way of writing and portraying a story. When I saw a collection of his books on Amazon I knew I had to add those books to my library. I was lured into his stories just the way a moth is lured towards flame.

A tear and smile contains stories centered around the human spirit. It has a number of short stories and poems that touched my heart and nourished my mind with all the wisdom that Gibran had. I have never been engrossed or obsessed
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Will Spohn
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with The Prophet, Gibran once again asserts himself as one of my favorite poets. His voice is as striking as it is beautiful, and hits close to home. His warnings against the corruption of wealth, and his grieving of the loss of humanity among men ring true even today. But I do think that he is misguided in his views on wealth. He says that wealth corrupts men, and that the solution is to give it away, but to me that seems to say that wealth itself isn’t corrupting, merely the way we use it. ...more
Paul
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read and a must have on your bookshelf. Gibran's poetry is the most perfect journey the trials, joys and mysteries of the human spirit. His language, style and tenor is the most beautiful music to the soul. Though all of his stories speak directly to the heart, I kept being drawn back to 'The Criminal' and 'The Poet', amazing stories that successfully plumb the depths of the human condition. A masterpiece
ZaRi
I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart
For the joys of the multitude.
And I would not have the tears that sadness makes
To flow from my every part turn into laughter.

I would that my life remain a tear and a smile.

A tear to purify my heart and give me understanding
Of life's secrets and hidden things.
A smile to draw me nigh to the sons of my kind and
To be a symbol of my glorification of the gods.

A tear to unite me with those of broken heart;
A smile to be a sign of my joy in existence.

I would
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Lori
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gibran's THE PROPHET is an important work to me. It is one of those books you can re-read over and over and always find something "new" in the pages. That, for me, is sort of the penultimate in a book.
A TEAR AND A SMILE was written by a much younger Gibran. His language is much more "flowery" and it seems he has that youthful, bohemian ideal that holds Art and the Artist in a higher regard. You can still see glimpses of the man that will go on to write THE PROPHET, just a more idealistic one
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Miss.dee
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you have ever loved and lost, either by death or other unbearable circumstance, if you have ever longed for your lover's touch, if you have ever seen the most awesome vision, if you have ever found happiness in your despair and tears, if you have ever seen death at your doorstep, and called for it, if you have ever wondered if anyone has ever felt these things you do, this book is certainly for you. There is a vast amount of symbology used cleverly and yet, obvious. I tried to dedicate a ...more
Puja
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Gibran's writings are lyrical, beautiful and deeply alluring in a mystical, spiritual, and magical way. As a non-believer, I should have found some of the spiritualism expressed in his poems and prose meaningless, however I was only moved by the depths of his emotion and love for the universe and all its beings. When he spoke about peace and harmony, it resonated with me. When he cried about poverty and misery, I felt the pain too. Through some of the short stories or passages in this book he ...more
Maryam
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish there were more information about the translator and the poems/short stories themselves.

UPDATE: After much research for a class, I found that the poems are all originally written in Arabic and translated into English (I forgot the name of the translator). The translator is not mentioned, I believe, to maintain the reputation as an English writer Gibran has from the Prophet. The translation actually glorifies Gibran's early poems that are in reality crude and - in my opinion - do not live
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Wafa Mokni
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! <3 ... it describes well our current miserable life that is empty of love and humanity ....it's very touching and sad at the same time....
the prove that Gibran is right about every single word he said is that one of the chapters describes well the life of a cretain dear person I know...they are so identical that i felt he aws talking about that person ..and that's what makes me feel close to this book and feel so emotional !!!
i hope your call to see the beauty of
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Susannah
Of all the poetry I came across as an emotional and hormone-addled barely-teenager, Kahlil Gibran's work in "The Prophet" is the only one who struck a chord in my soul at the time. Here is another book from my roommates' bookshelves...her shelves have become where I find words that soothe me to sleep (spiritual poetry), or fill my public transit minutes (Toqueville!). For two decades - until recently - Gibran has had the only work that soothes like song and requires additional exposure....like a ...more
Lisse
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Kahlil Gibran book and I really enjoyed it. I can't get over how he wrote these poems and short stories when he was only 20 years old - that is pretty amazing. There are some really beautiful peices in this book - there only a few that didn't do much for me. I encourage anyone who is going to read this to do it where you can really focus and concentrate b/c he has great messages and beautiful poems that are better read and understood without distraction.

I guess I will now have
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Keith
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tears and Laughter is a collection of stories about how life is made up of both longing and fulfillment, pain and joy. In this work i found what i consider to be Gibran's most potent critique of false human wisdom yet. He questions the divisions of humanity, virtue of war, barbarism of what is called 'patriotism' and the rejection of humanity's true prophets. Yet in it all Gibran insists nothing external or physical can stop you from moving forward into a more liberated future.
Wafaa
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-read
I know I'm talking about the author not the book but Khalil Jubran is the perfect example of thinking outside the box, he has such a spiritual mind and a pure soul also a complicated philosophy. It was like if he has his own language, his words allow your soul to fly out of your body and get the chance to see what paradise looks like. Absolutely one of a kind.
Nomi
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews-i-wrote
I absolutely love The Prophet and decided to check out Gibran's other books.
This book does not disappoint.
My favorite poem is: A Lover’s Call.
I find myself rereading that over and over again.
I've yet to fall in love but hope that if I do it would match the honesty, intensity, and beauty that this poem radiates.

"Oh, how great is Love!
And how little am I!"


Tammy Jorgenson
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirit
I would not change the laughter of my heart for the fortunes of the multitudes; nor would I be content with converting my tears, invited by my agonized self, into calm. It is my fervent hope that my whole life on this earth will ever be tears and laughter.
Aliaa Nasef
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart for the joys of the multitude. And I would not have the tears that sadness makes to flow from my every part turn into laughter. I would that my life remain a tear and a smile.
Sara
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book during a very stressful and busy time of my life. It is such powerful writing that each time I opened up this book of Gibran's writing, I would have to stop after a few pages, not wanting to spoil the beauty of the words by reading too quickly or in the wrong setting.
Redwan amazigh
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this book there is a large quantity of symbology used cleverly, and yet, obvious. My favorite passages are ''TWO INFANTS'' and ''Have Mercy My Soul''. In this, he keeps asking his soul how long it intends to torment him.

Munkhbayar Baatarkhuu
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Translated from his mother tongue into English after his death, he was not going to publish these soul hymns, proses, and poems. There are a few , very few, but not diamonds, just golds here and there. This book is not, in fact his book, I mean work. He would never publish such a book.
Mina Ajjam
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would that my life remain a tear and a smile."
THIS IS WHAT REAL LIFE STANDS FOR
"I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart for the joys of the multitude.And I would not have the tears that sadness makes
to flow from my every part turn into laughter.
Bell
Jun 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I've read this collection several times over since 2005. Absolutely one of the finest writers I've ever read. His depth of perception and sensitivity to nature, particularly human nature and, apparently, the nature of the universe, will compel me to read this again.
Niel Shivanad
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I stopped while reading. There were a lot of words which were too close to heart. Gibran, here your new friend arises.
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Kahlil Gibran (Arabic: جبران خليل جبران ) 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 political rebel. His romantic style was at the
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“أنا لا أبدل أحزان قلبي بأفراح الناس و لا أرضى أن تنقلب الدموع التي تستدرّها الكآبة من جوارحي و تصير ضحكا . أتمنى أن تبقى حياتي دمعة و ابتسامة : دمعة تطهر قلبي و تفهمني أسرار الحياة و غوامضها ، و ابتسامة تدنيني من أبناء بجدتي و تكون رمز تمجيدي الآلهة . دمعة أشارك بها منسحقي القلب ، و ابتسامة تكون عنوان فرحي بوجودي .” 47 likes
“I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart for the joys of the multitude. And I would not have the tears that sadness makes to flow from my every part turn into laughter. I would that my life remain a tear and a smile.” 44 likes
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