Learn how and when to remove this template message The prophet , Al Mustafa, has lived in the city of Orphalese for 12 years and is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses topics such as life and the human condition. The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death. Popularity[ edit ] The Prophet has been translated into more than languages, making it one of the most translated books in history. The demand for The Prophet doubled the following year—and doubled again the year after that.
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For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly. Le Guin wrote in in her superb poetic, philosophical, feminist more-than-translation of the Tao te Ching. Kahlil Gibran, self-portrait Two and a half millennia after Lao Tzu, and a century before Le Guin and Berry, Kahlil Gibran January 6, —April 10, — another philosopher-poet of the highest order and most timeless hold — addressed the relationship between silence, solitude, and self-knowledge in a portion of his classic The Prophet public library.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered. The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape. And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand. And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words. In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence. Complement this fragment of the The Prophet — an abidingly rewarding read in its totality — with sound ecologist Gordon Hempton on the art of listening in a noisy world and Paul Goodman on the nine kinds of silence , then revisit Gibran on the building blocks of true friendship , the courage to weather the uncertainties of love , and what may be the finest advice ever offered on parenting and on the balance of intimacy and independence in a healthy relationship.
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Le Prophète, Khalil Gibran
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