The good readings: ‘LOVE’ from THE PROPHET by KHALIL GIBRAN

Love by Khalil GibranIn this section of the blog called ‘The Good Readings’’, I shall bring to you the Writings and Quotes of the masters of bygone era and present times. These readings are full of wisdom and the knowledge that come from the enlightenment only few have been blessed to attain. You will love to read these as most of us do not have much time to find good books to read.

First in the series is “Love” from THE PROPHET by Khalil Gibran:


Then said Almitra, “Speak to us of Love.”

And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a

stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said:

When love beckons to you, follow him,

Though his ways are hard and steep.

And when his wings enfold you, yield to him,

Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when

he speaks to you, believe in him,

Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for

your growth so is he for your pruning.

Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your most tender

branches that quiver in the sun,

So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to

the earth. Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.

He threshes you to make you naked.

He sifts you to free you from your husks.

He grinds you to whiteness.

He kneads you until you are pliant;

And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become

sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets

of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,

Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out

of love’s threshing-floor,

Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your

laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.

Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient

unto love. When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but

rather, “I am in the heart of God.”

And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you

worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

But if you love and must have desires, let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.

To know the pain of too much tenderness.

To be wounded by your own understanding of love;

And to bleed willingly and joyfully.

To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;

To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;

To return home at eventide with gratitude;

And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a

song of praise upon your lips.


(Khalil Gibran was an American-Lebanese artist, poet and writer par excellence. His ‘The Prophet’, a work of inspirational fiction written in prose-poetry style remains his most famous work, particularly among English speaking readers. Khalil Gibran is said to be the third best selling poet-writer of all times after Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.)

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