Kahlil Gibran “On Children”

kahlil gibran novel the-prophetLebanese artist, writer and poet Kahlil Gibran‘s novel from 1923 “The Prophet” has been translated to over forty languages, has sold over 100 million copies, and has never been out of print. Click here to view it on Amazon. According to Wikipedia, Kahlil Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, only behind William Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.

While the entire novel is a beloved masterpiece, a favorite section will forever remain ‘On Children‘. Please visit my post from last Mother’s Day that was inspired by these wise words. Also inspired were the group Sweet Honey In The Rock (see post) who’ve recorded a lovely rendition in celebration of this incredible writing by Gibran. I’ve included the words to Gibran’s original work here as well as the slightly altered lyrics by the performers. May we be inspired to sing along to the uplifting beat and raise the upcoming generation remembering these truths.

Let us also remember the wise words from Mahatma Gandhi, “If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”

Kahlil Gibran’s On Children

Sweet Honey In The Rock performing Kahlil Gibran’s “On Children”

Your children are not your children
They are the sons and the daughters of Life’s longing for itself
They come through you but they are not from you
And though they are with you, they belong not to you
You can give them your love but not your thoughts
Sweet-Honey-in-the-Rock logo 200They have their own thoughts
They have their own thoughts
You can house their bodies but not their souls
For their souls dwell in the place of tomorrow
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams
You can strive to be like them
But you cannot make them just like you
Strive to be like them
But you cannot make them just like you
Your children are not your children
sweet honey in the rock - small photoThey are the sons and the daughters of Life’s longing for itself
They come through you but they are not from you
And though they are with you, they belong not to you
You can give them your love but not your thoughts
They have their own thoughts
They have their own thoughts
You can house their bodies but not their souls
For their souls dwell in the place of tomorrow
Which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams
You can strive to be like them
But you cannot make them just like you
Strive to be like them
But you cannot make them just like you.
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21 thoughts on “Kahlil Gibran “On Children”

    • How lovely! That is certainly a wise and very special piece of poetic writing to have read aloud at your wedding ~ beautiful! Yes all of his novel is incredible, but those are two of the top favourites :) Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. Cheers! Gina

  1. One of my favorite posts of yours as well a very beautiful sentiment and a powerful message for those wise enough to hear it. Thank you for sharing such love with our world! :)
    Joe

  2. So very awesome through and through Gina! Your heart and spirit always shines every day in all that you share and do. I nominated you yesterday dear sister, for a new award, the Most Influential Blog Award for 2012. Congratulations, and it was posted on my blog site. I think the glowing beauty of the award, reflects the glow of the whole of you! You are always a wonderful blessing to all who you meet! I have always been influenced by you so enjoy it and God bless always my friend!

    • Hello my dear brother! This comment has brightened my spirits even more and has me smiling! Your compliment of my heart shining is appreciated, especially from you whom I always respect and marvel at your writings of deep inspiration and Love. I am eager to come over and catch up, and am deeply honored to be included in your list of nominees for your award. Thank you for sharing your glow and brightening my own with your kindness, and I cherish our friendship. God Bless you my friend. With gratitude, Gina

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