7th July 2013

“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.” 

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

I have quoted this chapter of The Prophet before, but it is a book I have read again recently – for me it seems to be one of those that I dip into time after time when I want some philosophical viewpoints on something. And there is just something about the way Gibran words his thoughts that I seem to understand and find useful. For example here, whenever I am sad, I remember that more often than not I am sad about something that once made me happy. It can’t be so bad then, can it?

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19th September 2012

“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked…When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. 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.”

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

I absolutely adored reading Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet; I thought there was an amazing clarity in the way Gibran philosophised different aspects of life. It made me consider things in a new and different way. This is one of my favourite quotes from the book, and no matter which way I consider it, I find the words to be true to some sort of  extent. At the moment (and probably for a long time to come), the things that make me feel sad or sorrowful are also the things that have made so, extremely happy and content. It kind of vicious circle though, because no matter which way you look at it, to have the happy times you’ll have to have the sad at some point or other (how annoying!)