Khalil Gibran Biography

Khalil Gibran Biography

Khalil Gibran (1883 – 1931) – Life History of well-known Poet and Artist

Born: January 6, 1883, Bsharri, Lebanon
Died: April 10, 1931, New York City, New York, United States
Full name: Jubran Khalil Jubran
Parents: Khalil Gibran, Kamila Gibran
Movies: The Prophet, The Three Ants

Birth Details

Khalil Gibran, a Poet, philosopher, and an artist, was born in the town of Bsharri (northern Lebanon) on January 6, 1883 to the daughter of a Maronite priest. Gibran had a brother named Brutus and two younger sisters Mariana and Sultana whom he loved. His mother Kamila Rahmeh was thirty when her third husband Khalil led the family to poverty.

Personal Biography

Kamila's family was from an honorable religious background. With a strong will, she raised up the family on her own in the United States. Khalil Gibran did not receive any formal schooling. The priests, who visited him regularly, taught him the requirements of religions and bible. Realizing Gibran's inquisitiveness, the priest began teaching him alphabets and languages. After settling in U.S, he was placed in a class reserved for immigrant children since he didn’t receive any formal education. Gibran's artistic skills caught the eyes of his teacher.

Career

Khalil Gibran’s career as a painter was primary to his career as writer. After four years of higher education in Beirut, he returned to Boston. He sold his family business, after the unfortunate death of one of his sisters. His mother and brother started to paint professionally. Fred Holland day spotted the talent of Khalil Gibran and offered him to design book covers. Day acquainted him to contemporary writings, Greek mythology, literature and photography, urging the wondering Syrian to seek expressive style. This gained him an easy access to artistic circles. Day encouraged him on improving his drawing and sketches; as a result his first cover design for a book was published in 1898. He had an affair with the writer Josephine Peabody, who was the first one to frame him prophet. Gibran's proposal to her ended him in a nightmare with a broken heart. He was introduced to Mary Haskell, a school teacher. She became his sponsor as well as a partner, redacting his English manuscripts and maintaining an agreement that was inspirational to both of them.

Achievements

“The Prophet” by Gibran was first published in 1923, which became extremely popular during the 1960s, with the Americans. This book which included twenty six poetic essays is still printing even after decades from his publication. This book has its translation in more than forty languages. “The Prophet” became one of the bestselling books of the twentieth century in the United States which made Khalil Gibran among the best selling poets of all time. In 1926, a notable poem known for his poetic lines, “Sand and Foam” was published. John Lennon of Beatles used this poetic line in his song “Julia” in his album, The Beatles.  In his political views, he preached for the adoption of Arabic as the national language of Syria and its execution in all schools.

 On April 10, 1931 Khalil Gibran died of cirrhosis of the liver and tuberculosis in the city of New York.

Quotes

“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”
- Khalil Gibran

“Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.”
- Khalil Gibran

“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one”
- Khalil Gibran

“For what is it to die, But to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?”
- Khalil Gibran

“I prefer to be a dreamer among the humblest, with visions to be realized, than lord among those without dreams and desires.”
- Khalil Gibran

“If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember”
- Khalil Gibran

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.”
- Khalil Gibran

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.”
- Khalil Gibran

“Love is trembling happiness.”
- Khalil Gibran

“Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls”
- Khalil Gibran

“Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love.”
- Khalil Gibran

“March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life's path.”
- Khalil Gibran

“No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.”
- Khalil Gibran

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
- Khalil Gibran

“Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.”
- Khalil Gibran

“The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.”
- Khalil Gibran

“The reality of the other person lies not in what he reveals to you, but what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says, but rather to what he does not say.”
- Khalil Gibran

“To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice”
- Khalil Gibran

“To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.”
- Khalil Gibran

“Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.”
- Khalil Gibran

“Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.”
- Khalil Gibran

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
- Khalil Gibran

“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.”
- Khalil Gibran

“Yesterday is but today's memory, tomorrow is today's dream.”
- Khalil Gibran

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
- Khalil Gibran

“Your daily life is your temple and your religion. When you enter into it take with you your all.”
- Khalil Gibran


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