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The Prophet is a book of 26 poetic essays written in English in 1923 by the Lebanese-American artist, philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran. In the book, the prophet Almustafa who has lived in the foreign city of Orphalese for 12 years is about to board a ship which will carry him home. He is stopped by a group of people, with whom he discusses many issues of life and the human condition. The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, houses, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death. The book, Gibran's best known work, was followed by The Garden of The Prophet (published posthumously in 1933). Gibran was due to produce a third part when he died.

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In a distant, timeless place, a mysterious prophet walks the sands. At the moment of his departure, he wishes to offer the people gifts but possesses nothing. The people gather round, each asks a question of the heart, and the man's wisdom is his gift. It is Gibran's gift to us, as well, for Gibran's prophet is rivaled in his wisdom only by the founders of the world's great religions. On the most basic topics--marriage, children, friendship, work, pleasure--his words have a power and lucidity that in another era would surely have provoked the description "divinely inspired." Free of dogma, free of power structures and metaphysics, consider these poetic, moving aphorisms a 20th-century supplement to all sacred traditions--as millions of other readers already have. --Brian Bruya

Customer Reviews:

  • Beautiful philosophy
    I bought this book for my son who had his stolen from him and was in despair. He likes the beautiful poetic resonance and in looking through the book, I agree. This is a book for sensitive souls, beautifully written and illustrated by the author....more info
  • An infinity of stars
    Like watching an Olympic athlete or listening to an accomplished singer reading Khalil Gibran is in many ways indescribeable.

    In that way, it's good that many of the other reviewers have tried to describe this book by giving anectodes of how it personally touched them. But ultimately those anectodes are like the stories of people who've gone to some great vacation spot.

    Sure, they can tell you how they felt enjoying its weather or appreciating its beauty but such descriptions will never compare to you taking your own personal journey there.

    Because of the way this book is written, some of its passages will no doubt touch you more than others but it is beyond doubt that you will emerge touched and having that rare feeling of connecting with someone only through the medium of the printed word.

    I wish we could award more than five stars. I wish it could be an infinity...for every heart touched by this wonderful, wonderful book....more info
  • Interesting book
    The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran is a book that's been around for a while. There are many passages in the book and many basic topics on marriage, children, friendship, work and pleasure, which will touch you in one form or another.

    If you are still searching for Spiritual Enlightenment in a seemingly hopeless world, May I suggest you read My book as well. (See Above)
    ...more info
  • loved it
    I receivedd my book very fast, I was completly satisfied with my purchase....more info
  • An infinity of stars
    Like watching an Olympic athlete or listening to an accomplished singer reading Khalil Gibran is in many ways indescribeable.

    In that way, it's good that many of the other reviewers have tried to describe this book by giving anectodes of how it personally touched them. But ultimately those anectodes are like the stories of people who've gone to some great vacation spot.

    Sure, they can tell you how they felt enjoying its weather or appreciating its beauty but such descriptions will never compare to you taking your own personal journey there.

    Because of the way this book is written, some of its passages will no doubt touch you more than others but it is beyond doubt that you will emerge touched and having that rare feeling of connecting with someone only through the medium of the printed word.

    I wish we could award more than five stars. I wish it could be an infinity...for every heart touched by this wonderful, wonderful book....more info
  • Great Gift
    I have drawn wisdom and counsel from the Prophet for years - I bought this copy to pass on to a young co-worker. It is a great gift for those sensitive ones who are struggling to find their way in life....more info
  • Spiritually Uplifting
    One of the most spiritually uplifting books I have in my library. It's short, concise and teaches the bare 'bones' of what we should all have deep within us....more info
  • Incredible Read
    This book helped me through some really rough times when I was in a very dark place in my mind and spirit.

    The insightfulness spirituality of his passages gave me hope that one day I could find my way free of the cloud of dispair that was hanging over me. And it has.

    Now, when I go back through this book with a soft smile on my face I enjoy reading it aloud to that special person. It still captures the heart of the reader, and if its being read aloud, the listener....more info
  • Touches the spirit within
    I have been reading and re-reading Kahlil Gibran for 34 years now. The Prophet is my favorite book of all time. It touches a piece of the spirit within all of us that is not connected to any particular religion yet speaks from - and to - all of them. The Prophet is masterfully insightful, poignant, and timeless. I gave a copy to each of my grown sons and hope they find as much insight in it as I have all these years. In fact, I chose the essay on children to read during the Unity Candle ceremony at my son's wedding. It was a beautiful, perfect passage for such a powerful moment! The essays in this book speak to every facet of life as a human being, ever inspiring the reader to remember his or her connection to the infinite. The artwork is exquisite! Give a copy to someone you love - then read it with them!...more info
  • Inspiringly simple but also deep ...
    "A brilliant man's philosophy on love, marriage, joy, sorrow, time, friendship and just life. Originally published in 1923 - translated into more than 20 languages. Also has drawings by Gibran...A poetic ,inspiring little book that you can read over and over again..." ...more info
  • Speak to Us of the Prophet
    The Prophet, for me, is a very vivid yet dense book. It speaks some sort of wisdom, and I delight in that wisdom when I can understand it.

    The illustrations are done by the author himself, which is nice....more info
  • The Path to Godhood
    This is the sort of poetry that makes you weep, where you can read each line 10 or a 100 times, hoping, just hoping that you'll remember it forever. Narrating the struggles of man in life and in love, this work rings of an eastern spirituality reconciling with a distinctly western despair. Read it....more info
  • Poetic, philosophic prose
    As he (the "prophet") awaits the ship that will return him to his home country after fourteen years of being absent, he begins providing answers in colorful parables to questions raised by the occupants of the city he has temporarily made his home. We follow this spiritual man as the loving townspeople seek him out for wisdom. There is ultimately great sadness when he departs.

    I would describe these writings as poetic, philosophic prose for daily spiritual living. There are many sound words, with a relaxed style, and a somewhat universalistic belief. It is okay.
    Lord's blessings
    Scott...more info
  • Amazing
    I would buy from this seller again.

    Kahlil Gibran was a genius. "The Prophet" uses a lot of old English, but is still an easy/quick read. I can see why this book has been translated into dozens of different languages. - Definitely words to live by. A poet....more info
  • Lessons taught well!
    It doesn't matter what faith you follow. The lessons taught in The Prophet reinforces most beliefs and is a must read for the spiritual....more info
  • Liquid Beauty
    This book is poetic myth,
    a work of beauty,
    whose every word drips a truth,
    and a thought of knowledge.

    Reading it is like swimming in reality
    but a reality I have not known,
    till now.

    Kahlil Kahlil Gibran knew something we did not,
    he shared a bit of the wonder of simplicity.
    Though this is merely the preaching of a Prophet,
    Gibran is able to turn it into story,
    and I feel from the gut for all the characters.

    The Prophet is unsurpassed in form,
    in content best when speaking of beauty,
    in ways I had never known,
    and weakest when speaking of prayer.

    Certainly Gibran relies on the story of Jesus,
    and throughout there are allusions to his words
    and actions.
    But this is a new prophet,
    who speaks the words of old,
    though it be in new wineskin....more info
  • left speechless
    Please excuse me for writing a review that isn't really "a review." Others may, but I find no words to even begin to describe this book - they would just manage to do it injustice. All that I can say is that it is truly a Gift; a Gift left for humanity.

    I can already forsee that this is going to be the book of resource I reach for when I need a lifting.

    Peace,
    David ...more info
  • The book of reminders
    Kahlil Gibran writes in so few words that which each of us knows deep down in our conscience, but forget from time to time as we become consumed by the chaotic discourse of life. I pick up this book anytime I feel the need to shift my perspective from one of confusion and anger to one of love and peace. ...more info
  • Now I'm Sleepy
    Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood for a heavily poetic book on one man's life philosophies, but this book lost me after the chapter on children. Some sections are insightful and very well written. On death, children, and love were my favorites. I'm not sure how novel these ideas were back in 1928 (?) when the book was first published, but they are nothing new today. Still, the flowery language is pretty, it's not overly long, and also it's probably one of those books that make you look cool when your reading it at a coffee shop.... so it's not all bad.

    This book was given to me by my dad who grew up in the 60's and 70's. It occurs to me that The Prophet seems to speak best to those from this generation (peace, love, and all that crap... you know). Maybe it's just relevant to me? Maybe I need to approach it at a different time? Maybe I need to smoke something herbal?...more info
  • Deep philosophy
    This is the second book by this author I've read. It gives insights into our every day lives. I found a lot of quotations I'd like to post on the walls in the classroom where I teach. All the writings of K. Gibran carry a deeply spiritual information. His teachings are very tightly intertwined with Christian values. I highly recommend this book to understand and open our knowledge of Christian Religion all over the world. ...more info
  • Amazing
    I would buy from this seller again.

    Kahlil Gibran was a genius. "The Prophet" uses a lot of old English, but is still an easy/quick read. I can see why this book has been translated into dozens of different languages. - Definitely words to live by. A poet....more info
  • Interesting book
    The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran is a book that's been around for a while. There are many passages in the book and many basic topics on marriage, children, friendship, work and pleasure, which will touch you in one form or another.

    If you are still searching for Spiritual Enlightenment in a seemingly hopeless world, May I suggest you read My book as well. (See Above)
    ...more info
  • Poetic, philosophic prose
    As he (the "prophet") awaits the ship that will return him to his home country after fourteen years of being absent, he begins providing answers in colorful parables to questions raised by the occupants of the city he has temporarily made his home. We follow this spiritual man as the loving townspeople seek him out for wisdom. There is ultimately great sadness when he departs.

    I would describe these writings as poetic, philosophic prose for daily spiritual living. There are many sound words, with a relaxed style, and a somewhat universalistic belief. It is okay.
    Lord's blessings
    Scott...more info
  • "People of Orphalese..."
    Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), the Lebanese-American poet and mystic never wrote anything finer than this 1923 volume, his masterwork. Had he written nothing before or beyond THE PROPHET, he would still be remembered into perpetuity.

    Each brief chapter of THE PROPHET addresses an aspect of the human condition, including Love, Marriage, Work, Pleasure, Buying and Selling, Children, Eating and Drinking, to name but a few. Gibran espouses no particular religious, ethical or moral system, and yet includes them all in this slim tome, written it seems, with a quill of light, not ink.

    A Higher Power (by whatever name you may call it) spoke through Gibran in the writing, a perfect letter to the ages, and an ultimate expression of Humanity. ...more info
  • Mixed feelings Inspiring poetry or vague sentimentality?
    I can never quite make up my mind on this book. I read it years ago and was also somewhat puzzled by it. Rereading it I feel vague inspiring feeling, and the other a kind of vague repulsion. I see many many readers are inspired by the work. I myself feel it to be a kind of sentimental popular mixture of Whitman and Zarathustra, but without the great lyric sweeping of the former or the fierce intellectual irony of the latter.
    I believe the most famous section of the work of twenty- six poetic essays is the one on 'Love"
    Here is some of this:

    "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, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
    Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
    But if you love and must needs 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.

    I am reminded when I read this of Bellow's description of the healer in 'Seize the Day' Dr. Temkin. On the one hand he says and thinks that it is phony , and on the other he hears certain things and says ' True , True.'.
    I must admit my reaction remains mixed. I do not feel it is really poetic truth of the highest value, but I do not feel it is without value either.

    ...more info
  • A Work of Art
    The Prophet is an elegant and beautifully crafted piece of art that eloquently states Universal Truths concerning all pertinent aspects of ourlive. These include love, death, justice, art, etc. It's divine poetr that could have only been inspired by the creator of this magnificent world.

    Highly recommended....more info
  • A life altering book
    In the Prophet Khalil Gibran's words touch upon the important aspects of life in a way that really brings them to life and makes sense of them. This book has not left my bedside since I got it months ago....more info
  • Seeking Truth?
    The Prophet is an elegant and beautifully crafter piece of art that eloquently states Universal Truths concerning all pertinent aspects of ourlive. These include love, death, justice, art, etc. It's divine poetr that could have only been inspired by the creator of this magnificent world.

    Highly recommended....more info
  • Gibran's Masterpiece
    This is, by far, the most inspiring work I have ever read. The prose is so strikingly beautiful that the reader finds she must look away to regain her composure. Gibran's take on joy and sorrow is profound and very moving:

    Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
    And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
    And how else can it be?
    The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
    Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?

    A masterpiece. If you don't own it-you should!...more info
  • Eloquent
    I read this about a year ago and can't recall a great deal of the book. From what I do recall it was like a poem all the way through. While the writing was beautiful, I found it ambiguous and befuddled with meaning that I could not identify with. When Gibran speaks of God, I cannot identify because I have since abandoned those philosophies. It is thus difficult to revisit them in this book. I have the feeling a may have missed something great about this book. Indeed, I pulled wisdom from parts, but rather than go back and read it again, for now, perhaps I will move on to another of the many books out there that are enlightening and worth reading. Someday, I would like to read this again and dig deeper....more info
  • Mystic masterpiece
    I recently read an article in The New Yorker Magazine about Kahlil Gibran, writer born in the middle east to Christian parents. Kahlil Gibran managed to immigrate to NYC with his mother and siblings. Gibran's personal life and his early death, his exotic looks and ability to both write and paint is what attracted me to read his masterpiece "The Prophet". It is a mystic story, written in verse, less than 100 ages long with a dozen fantastic paintings that remind of magical realism in painting. The book is a manifest on how to live, love, work, dress, embrace joy and sorrow, accept righteousness and mankind far from perfection. It is a book of duality that in the most beautiful language a young philosopher teaches the ways to live life. No matter what world, culture, continent or country one comes from,this verse is universal. If anything, this piece of work has compelled me to seek out other of Gibran's work. I need to get into a mind of this wonderful thinker who himself led a very complicated and solitary life. It has been a long time since I read anything as beautiful and touching as this piece of literature....more info
  • Inspirational, Soulful Gibran......truth remains truth!
    First read this when I was 14 years old. Now several decades later, I just reread this while sitting and waiting during Karate lessons and other children's sports/activities. It brought me back again to the mountains of Idlewild, above Palm Springs where I first read his words while at Church Camp. It brought me back to that place of center, balance and peace. Profoundly wise and insightful.....I loved the way his words washed over me, filling all of the corners of my heart. Would recommend this to all lovers of words and soul seekers.....of any age. This is ageless and priceless. Thanks Kahlil for another lovely visit....more info
  • referred by mother
    My mother read this book a long time ago and recommended it to me but I never read it. I just recentlyu read in (June 2006) and glad I finally did. This book short essays on the different aspects of life. These are teachings and they are meant to inspire and advise. They are written in such a way so that the words are not rammed down your throat....more info
  • Most Beloved Volume
    I discovered this book as a teenager in the early 70s. The wisdom it contains is invaluable. I have re-read it countless times. I've given copies to many young people over the years, hoping it will inspire them as much as it inspires me. The thoughts contained within this small volume transcend religious boundaries. If you assimilate the lessons of this book into your life, you will raise happier children, be happier with your life partner, accept your grief as well as your joy . . .

    I could go on and on, but I'll finish by saying if you can have only one book, let it be this one. ...more info
  • The Prophet
    This was purchased as a gift to a friend who had just lost a dear friend and I was pleased that she found as much comfort in his words as I, and my family, have for many years. A must have for any home library....more info
  • On Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
    This book was originally given to me by my husband after he heard a recording of it many years ago. I found this book to be the basis of living a good life and have through the years, referred back to it whenever I felt the need to be reinforced in my thinking on the many subjects it contained. My favorite chapters are: On Love, On Marriage, and On Children, in Gibran's words,"For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday".
    I have given copies of this book to many friends and it always surprised me that some view it as too idealistic while others have loved it the way I did and were happy to read the soothing words whenever they felt they had lost their focus.
    I LOVE this book!...more info
  • Great Book to Live by.
    This book could easily be a text for religious and non religious people to live by. Great remarks on death, love, life, or anything.

    Check it out....more info
  • A Little Bit of Everything
    I became aware of the Prophet when I read Weaver's The Sophist, which has a similar format. No matter what your interests or preferences, Gibran is sure to touch some part of your heart, mind, soul or all three through his insightful observations and poetic craftsmanship. I use the book as a morning devotional sometimes, reviewing the wisdom found there from day to day. ...more info
  • Profound
    I became aware of The Prophet when Bob Dylan mentioned it in his book Chronicles Vol. 1. Since then the book has been in the back of my mind, but I did not actively search for it. About a week ago I found an old hardcover copy of the book at my house, and remembering Bob Dylan's praise of it, I decided to give it a shot.
    The book itself is an easy read at 96 pages. But the cliche phrase "quality over quantity" comes to mind here as Gibran manages to load the book with morals and truisms to live life by. Gibran sees life and the world for all its beauty and his way of expressing and sharing his beliefs is absolute perfection....more info
  • From my mother to me, and now to my daughter: words that help.
    I am almost 51 years old. When i was 18 and deeply conflicted, weighted down with the confusions that can only be so impossibly painful at that young age, my mother gave me a hardback copy of "The Prophet". I've carried it with through all these years as a treasured companion. It helped me make sense of the non-sense my life was back there in 1974, and has comforted me more then a couple times in the years since then, as well.

    Today i'm here at Amazon to buy the same book for my 19-year-old daughter. She's a bright, warm, funny, sweet girl who is undergoing no small amount of angst as her comfy girlhood world slips away. Her friends have begun to scatter to the winds--some to jobs and some to college--and her own adult responsibilities loom ever taller.

    Why, she has asked me, why do i feel so sad? I have no reason to be so sad--but i am. Why?

    And my mind has flashed to:
    "Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

    And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

    And how else can it be?"

    So i want this book for my wonderful daughter. I think she's ready for it and, better, i think it will help the turmoil in her soul as it did for me when i was her age, and for my mother before me.
    ...more info
  • A Tool for all ages.
    The author is way before his time. A true visionary with a pure and simplistic approach to the "Keys of Life". Hard to believe that all this was composed circa 1928. R. Steel...more info
  • The Prophet
    A beautiful, timeless little book, full of philosophical wisdom, which can be read multiple times throughout one's life. ...more info
  • The Prophet
    The prophet by Kahlil Gibran is a very beautiful, inspiring writing which really resonated within me, it felt as truth. I feel that with good patience and deep contemplation, this book can lead you to a profound understanding of your own life and all others around you.
    I first read about Kahlil Gibran in a book called The Lost Teachings of Atlantis. That book answered all my spiritual questions about the meaning of Life, who and what we are and more in a very easily understandable manner and all of it corresponds with the writing of Kahlil Gibran. I HIGHLY recommend reading that book also. ...more info
  • one of the most classic, profound, timeless, eloquent pieces of literature of all time
    Seldom has there been a book that I have read time and time again as much as this one. I have given this book numerous times to people as a small gift. I have used this book in my son's christening when he was a baby and on numerous holidays. These words are every bit as relevant when they were written. For all time, this book still ranks in my top 5....more info
  • The Prophet and then SOME!!!
    When I first started writing poetry at age 12 or 13, I was encouraged to read other poets. Something I refused to do because I thought it might influence, "My Style"...

    :)

    OK, so I was hard headed... I later was introduced by a Brother In Law to Kahlil Gibran and it was like finding a kindred soul. I now totally encourage any one that want's to excel in poetry to read the greats. And you won't find many of the caliber of this man!!! His words sing from the page both in his poetry and in his short stories! I love "Martyr's To Man" (It's been a while but some of the words are still singed in my brain... And I think it truly speaks of the time we are living in now more than ever... From memory so not verbatim...

    Are you a soldier?
    Who must forsake wife and children?
    And go fourth into the fields of battle?
    For the sake of greed
    Which your leaders miscall duty?
    Than you are a martyr to man!

    There's more but the gist of what I am saying is if you love poetry and you haven't read any Kahlil Gibran you're missing out on one of the greatest poets to ever live!

    And if you write poetry, I firmly believe Kahlil Gibran should be recquired reading!!!

    Not that you will feel you have to plod your way through it...

    You too, will fall in love with his immense gifts!!!
    Sincerely,
    And best wishes to all
    Chase von
    Your Chance to Hear The Last Panther Speak
    ...more info

 

 
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