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Quotes of the Day for 6 January 2002 – Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran was born on this day in 1883 at Besharri, a town in what is now northern Lebanon, surrounded by the famed "Cedars of Lebanon." With his mother and siblings he emigrated to Boston in 1895; because of the hard work of an older brother, Kahlil was able to turn his attention first to art and later to philosophy.

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The quotes:

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.... You may house their bodies, but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; Yet strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand.

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
     - All today's quotes are from Kahlil Gibran, 1883 - 1931


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