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DOB
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6-01-1883
DOD
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10-04-1931

The celebrated Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran and American artist Juliet Thompson were neighbors who resided at West 10th Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. These two creative individuals became close friends after the Syrian author moved to New York. It was because of Thompson that Gibran became acquainted with the Bahá'í faith. In fact, it wouldn't be incorrect to say that the writer was mesmerized by Abdu’l-Baha, an eminent leader of this religious sect. One day, Gibran—who also dabbled in art and was quite good at it—had requested for a session to paint the portrait of the noted spiritual figure, just eight days after the latter had arrived in New York. In Thompson’s words, “The Master gave him one hour at 6:30 one morning. He made an outstanding head. It doesn't look like the Master—very faint likeness. Great power through the shoulders. A great radiance in the face. It's not a portrait of the Master but it's the work of a great artist. I do consider him a great artist.” Upon completion of the portrait, Abdu’l-Baha observed, “Those who work with the spirit, work well. You have the power of Allah in you." In fact, the Master had created such an impression on the mind of Kahlil, that the eminent poet (who had no intention of converting to the Bahá'í Faith) asked what he could do for the religious patriarch. Abdu’l-Baha said, "Go write me a book". You must have read ‘Jesus, The Son of Man’. Well, that book was dedicated to none other than Abdu’l-Baha.

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. Let your best be for your friend.

- Kahlil Gibran

Let there be no purpose in friendship, save the deepening of the spirit. Your friend is your needs answered.

- Kahlil Gibran

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.

- Kahlil Gibran

Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

- Kahlil Gibran

The mother is everything - she is our consolation in sorrow, our hope in misery, and our strength in weakness. She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness. He who loses his mother loses a pure soul who blesses and guards him constantly.

- Kahlil Gibran

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.

- Kahlil Gibran

All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.

- Sand and Foam , Kahlil Gibran

All that spirits desire, spirits attain.

- Kahlil Gibran

Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.

- Kahlil Gibran

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.

- Kahlil Gibran

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.

- Kahlil Gibran

Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.

- Kahlil Gibran

Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.

- Kahlil Gibran

For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.

- The Prophet , Kahlil Gibran

Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

- The Collected Works , Kahlil Gibran

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.

- Sand and Foam , Kahlil Gibran

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.

- Kahlil Gibran

If your heart is a volcano, how shall you expect flowers to bloom?

- Sand and Foam , Kahlil Gibran

Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit.

- Kahlil Gibran

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