The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

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This mystical work is a classic that rewards return visits. It is a book to keep close and dip into when you are in need of refreshment for your soul and spirit. Gibran manages to provide nourishment for those who believe in organised religion and those who do not. If you are a person who has any kind of inkling that there is more to the universe than what we can experience materially, then this timeless book will speak to you. It will resonate with you in joy and sorrow, triumph and disaster. Gibran was born in Lebanon, he was a poet, artist and philosopher. His illustrations for “The Prophet” are evocative of the English poet and artist William Blake. I have found many times that this book, published first in 1923, says exactly what I want to say but can’t find the words to express. This book will provide you with apt quotes for many life situations. I leave you with just a taste of the treasures to be found in this profound book:

On Love:

“Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. And think not you can direct the course of love,for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.”

On pain:

“Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain”

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You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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