The Prophet

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies.The Prophet is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran’s musings are divid...

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Title:The Prophet
Author:Kahlil Gibran
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ISBN:000100039X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:127 pages

The Prophet Reviews

  • Mansoor
    Apr 20, 2007

    made me feel profoundly spiritual when I was nineteen. It was a great way to experience spirituality and romance as a teenager, but as I got older, its lusty descriptions of the true meaning of love, marriage, and life just seem like pretty, but shallow, wordplay.

    Now, don't write to me and prove me wrong on this, because I like the idea very much. I believe that Khalil Gibran was quite the player.

    has a seductive tone that avoids making any concrete statements, which is t

    made me feel profoundly spiritual when I was nineteen. It was a great way to experience spirituality and romance as a teenager, but as I got older, its lusty descriptions of the true meaning of love, marriage, and life just seem like pretty, but shallow, wordplay.

    Now, don't write to me and prove me wrong on this, because I like the idea very much. I believe that Khalil Gibran was quite the player.

    has a seductive tone that avoids making any concrete statements, which is the strategy used by career players (see SNL's The Ladies' Man).

    Nonetheless, I still recommend everyone read

    . Whether you take the prose as deep advice or empty rhetoric, it is beautiful wordplay.

  • Lee Transue
    May 04, 2007

    Despite your religious views, be they absent or strong, Gibran has given us a work of beauty that proves, to me at least, that faith is not necessary to be good and right.

    A favorite quote from the book:

    "Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.

    Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

    Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

    Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music."

    Lee

  • K.S.R.
    Oct 10, 2007

    Now that I'm reading The Prophet again, words that I read twenty-seven years ago still ring clearly in my mind as I read them again today. It was a wonderful moment a few evenings ago to find myself reciting aloud and from memory passages that had struck me then--and now--to the very core. Kahlil Gibran spent a couple of years revising The Prophet. Since it is a short book, the concepts come across as distilled. The influences of his native Lebanon as well as his love for scripture, come through

    Now that I'm reading The Prophet again, words that I read twenty-seven years ago still ring clearly in my mind as I read them again today. It was a wonderful moment a few evenings ago to find myself reciting aloud and from memory passages that had struck me then--and now--to the very core. Kahlil Gibran spent a couple of years revising The Prophet. Since it is a short book, the concepts come across as distilled. The influences of his native Lebanon as well as his love for scripture, come through in the scriptural-like language. I am savoring this book slowly this time, taking little sips at a time.

  • Patrick
    Dec 10, 2008

    Of course I remember almost nothing of this book, except that it was an arduous journey through the elementary and unspecific explanation of religious doctrine that tries to be open and liberal, but is actually very conservative and full of ideology that I feel is unrewarding mostly due to the difficulty in actual application. If anyone reads this, although I see no reason why they would, listen to my words. The truth, however you define it, however you need it, is simple. When you see it you kn

    Of course I remember almost nothing of this book, except that it was an arduous journey through the elementary and unspecific explanation of religious doctrine that tries to be open and liberal, but is actually very conservative and full of ideology that I feel is unrewarding mostly due to the difficulty in actual application. If anyone reads this, although I see no reason why they would, listen to my words. The truth, however you define it, however you need it, is simple. When you see it you know. When you don't, or can't, there is doubt. Do not fill yourself with the doubt of uncertainty. Know thyself, and be good to others.

    As the great Prophet has done before me, I shall tear off the shroud of mystic truth which has become my body and mind and shed it upon the streets where the needy walk, so that they might find compassion and knowledge in the tattered cloth of my foolish youth. For the Prophet offers his own words as truth for others and in turn so shall I lay the same trap, in the hope that the darkness in which I wrap you shall make you forge your own dagger with which to cut yourself free from the books you once called teachers. Because I will not deny anyone that truth; all things are teachers. But all teachers lie, by accident or intention, to make others see the world their way. And of course you will blame me for doing the same, but I will try my best not to impose any other doctrine than to not be led astray by the nectar of another's truth. The wine tastes fine until it is drunk in full, and then one cannot find their way home. Allow me to sober you many who have lavished Gibran with 5 stars. His is the work of dreamers and that is what everyone loves, but dreamers do just that, wasting their lives into the infinite circles of their mind, calculating the perfection of time and space. I would rather you lower yourself to the plain of human excrement, so that you one day exclaim in great truth, "The Prophet is a shit stick! Good for nothing more than wiping away reality." Because that is what Gibran wants you to do. Wipe away reality, and live in a fantasy that cannot exist.

    In truth Gibran oscillates a great deal in his tackling of his subject matter, life. In some regards he appears dead on because of his continued juxtaposition of opposites often claiming things embody their "other," saying each is to be taken in measure. "For even as love crowns you, so shall he crucify you." As much as I would agree with this sentiment (no one could really ever disagree with it), it is too general, like most of his assertions.

    He excites his audience to be good, as if this were an inherent part of our nature, just bursting though the seems of our mortality. There just really isn't anything to disagree with, and that is what makes his statements so dangerous and a plague on the unwary. He gives us hope beyond measure, and humanity, in all its desire, fills its tiny cup with all that it can hold. Gibran gives us too much and consequently too little. What would one do with boundless love? Quit their job, leave home, become a traveler on a distant shore whom others beg for knowledge and truth. Though we all may have the capacity to become prophets, it is likely most of us won't. The children of god are fed with food, not promises of the eternal.

    Ah, so much to write, but not all is bad. Gibran does say some nice things here and there, but I just happen to take issue with religious folk who don't think the dissemination of their message is harmful. What is harmful? The incomplete is harmful. To knowingly give someone a jigsaw puzzle with pieces missing or withheld is a dangerous business. At which point you will want to ask me, if their is no accessible truth that can be put into words, they why not go to the philosophical fish mongers and beg for scraps at the end of their business day? The only answer I can give, ironically, is to become your own paragon through the study of books and then the burning of them. Gibran will set you on a path with a happy ending, and as I've said I find it hard to disagree with some of his more choice observations, "He who wears his morality but as his best garment were better naked."

    But as one of my favorite philosophers said "There are no happy endings, because nothing ends.(Schmendrick the Magician). Gibran offers us daily peace, and life and death in one hand, and the promise of the wandering life of the spirit in our daily toil, a place to recline when the world overwhelms. I commend his attempt to sooth the mind of his listeners but we have all received a lolly from the dentist or doctor, whose truth fades quickly in the passing of sugary time. And at the end we are left with the stick of truth, as the Prophet's listeners are left with nothing, because they cannot stand on their own. He leaves them with a host of unfinished dreams and unrefined motivations. They have inherited an unwieldy burden, one they cannot overcome if they take the Prophets words as truth.

    The problem is that this is a philosophy book masquerading as a beautiful story...which is the poison in the ear. It's easy to gobble up "truth" when it's coated in confection. So just be careful out there and remember what the Prophet said.

    "If the teacher is indeed wise, he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom (even if you beg), but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind"

    Gibran gets a second star just for that line.

  • Man0sh
    Dec 16, 2010

    أعتقد أنها ستكون أروع شئ قرأته وسأقرأه عن الأنسانية والحب والعطاء والحكمة

    كتاب رائع يستحق الاقتناء وقرائته أكثر من مرة

    أبدع ثروت أباظه في ترجمته ويكأنه علي لسان عربي وليس بمترجم

    أشد المقطوعات أثارت أعجابي

    في المأكل والمشرب

    وحين تنحر ذبيحتك ناجها في سريرتك قائلا:"إن الفدرة التي تذبحك هي نفسها... تذبحني؛وأنا مثلك مصيري الفناء.

    فإن الناموس الذي أسلمك إلى يدي سوف يسلمني إلى يد أشد بأسا.

    وحين تقضم التفاحة بين اسنانك،ناجها قائلا:"لسوف تحيا بذورك في جسدي، وتزهر براعم غدك في قلبي، ويصبح عبيرك أنفاسي؛ومعا ن

    أعتقد أنها ستكون أروع شئ قرأته وسأقرأه عن الأنسانية والحب والعطاء والحكمة

    كتاب رائع يستحق الاقتناء وقرائته أكثر من مرة

    أبدع ثروت أباظه في ترجمته ويكأنه علي لسان عربي وليس بمترجم

    أشد المقطوعات أثارت أعجابي

    في المأكل والمشرب

    وحين تنحر ذبيحتك ناجها في سريرتك قائلا:"إن الفدرة التي تذبحك هي نفسها... تذبحني؛وأنا مثلك مصيري الفناء.

    فإن الناموس الذي أسلمك إلى يدي سوف يسلمني إلى يد أشد بأسا.

    وحين تقضم التفاحة بين اسنانك،ناجها قائلا:"لسوف تحيا بذورك في جسدي، وتزهر براعم غدك في قلبي، ويصبح عبيرك أنفاسي؛ومعا نبتهج على مر الفصول".

    وفي الفرح والحزن

    حين يستخفك الفرح ارجع الي اعماق قلبك قتري انك في الحقيقة تفرح بما كان مصدر حزنك وحين يغمرك الحزن تأمل قلبك من جديد فستري أنك في الحقيقة تبكي مما كان يوماً مصدر بهجتك

    الجريمة والعقاب

    من أراد منكم أن يجلد الجاني فليمتحن سريرة المجني عليه

    وفي الوداع

    إن ما يبدو لأعينكم أضعف ما فيكم وأكثره اضطراباً هو في الحق أقوي ما فيكم وأشده ثباتاً

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    Feb 27, 2012

  • Megan Baxter
    Aug 08, 2012

    I don't know if I can write this review. I really don't. It makes me feel extremely vulnerable, to contemplate putting so much of my heart out on view for people on the internet to see. I also don't know if I have the words.

    Reading this book was both devastating and awe-inspiring. I was moved beyond words, particularly when I started reading it, started to let the words wash over me, when I realized how familiar they were, not the words, but the meanings behind them. It felt like something I'd b

    I don't know if I can write this review. I really don't. It makes me feel extremely vulnerable, to contemplate putting so much of my heart out on view for people on the internet to see. I also don't know if I have the words.

    Reading this book was both devastating and awe-inspiring. I was moved beyond words, particularly when I started reading it, started to let the words wash over me, when I realized how familiar they were, not the words, but the meanings behind them. It felt like something I'd been swimming in my whole life and never realized it.

    Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision

    .

    In the meantime, you can read the entire review at

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  • ❁ بــدريــه ❁
    Nov 13, 2015

    إن أطفالكم ما هم بأطفالكم فلقد وَلَدهم شوقُ الحياة إلى ذاتها

    بِكُمْ يَخرجون إلى الحياة، ولكن ليس مِنكُم وإنْ عاشوا في كنَفِكُم

    فما هُم مِلْكَكُم قد تمنَحونَهُم حُبَّكُم ولكن دونَ أفكارِكم

    فلَهُمْ أفكارُهم ولقد تؤون أجسادَهم لا أرواحهم ، فأرواحُهُم تَسْكُنُ

    في دار الغد، وهيهات أن تلموا به، ولو في خَطَرات أحلامكم

    وفي وسْعِكُم السَّعي لتكونوا مِثلهم، ولكن لا تُحاولوا أن تَجْعَلوهُم

    مِثْلكم فالحياة لا تعود القهقرى، ولا تَتَمَهَّل عِنْد الأمس أنتم

    الأقواس، منها ينطلق أبناؤكم سِهامًا حَيَّة

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    إن أطفالكم ما هم بأطفالكم فلقد وَلَدهم شوقُ الحياة إلى ذاتها

    بِكُمْ يَخرجون إلى الحياة، ولكن ليس مِنكُم وإنْ عاشوا في كنَفِكُم

    فما هُم مِلْكَكُم قد تمنَحونَهُم حُبَّكُم ولكن دونَ أفكارِكم

    فلَهُمْ أفكارُهم ولقد تؤون أجسادَهم لا أرواحهم ، فأرواحُهُم تَسْكُنُ

    في دار الغد، وهيهات أن تلموا به، ولو في خَطَرات أحلامكم

    وفي وسْعِكُم السَّعي لتكونوا مِثلهم، ولكن لا تُحاولوا أن تَجْعَلوهُم

    مِثْلكم فالحياة لا تعود القهقرى، ولا تَتَمَهَّل عِنْد الأمس أنتم

    الأقواس، منها ينطلق أبناؤكم سِهامًا حَيَّة

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    من منا لم يعرف الثائر الأرقى أبدًا ؟!

    من منا لم يسمع عن شعلته الزرقاء المتقدة دومًا ؟!

    من منا لم يطف معه في عالم روحانياته اللامتناهية ؟!

    أو

    لم يحلم أن يسكن لو للحظات عالم قصصه الجميل ؟!

    من منا لم يقرأ له حرفًا أو سطرًا أو حتى كتبًا ؟!

    من منا لم يعرف النبي ؟!

    من منا لم يعرف جبران خليل جبران ؟!

    فعلًا لا أعلم أأتحدث عن المقدمة الرائعة أم عن الترجمة العميقة

    و كفايتها الاصيلة في إبراز المعنى ..

    جبران هنا يخاطب الروح و يلامس القلب

    و يعيد لنا تعريفه و خلاصة آراءه عن الحياة

    بلغة فلسفية و شاعرية مغرية لأخر حرف ..

    " إن جميع كتابات جبران تدعو إلى التفكر العميق

    فإن كنت تخاف أن تفكر فالأجدر بك ألا تقرأ جبران "

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    انتهى ..