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On children

Khalil Gibran was a wise man. An excerpt from ‘The prophet’.

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, “Speak to us of Children.”

And he said:

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;

For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

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  1. Suyash
    February 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Lovely excerpt!

  2. Snehal
    February 8, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    True!’The Prophet’ is a beautiful work.

  3. Thumbelina
    February 9, 2010 at 8:32 am

    “Come mothers and fathers
    Throughout the land
    And don’t criticize
    What you can’t understand
    Your sons and your daughters
    Are beyond your command
    Your old road is
    Rapidly agin’.
    Please get out of the new one
    If you can’t lend your hand
    For the times they are a-changin'”

    Dylan must have been a prophet too.

  4. Justuju
    February 13, 2010 at 9:39 am

    “They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself” – gene’s need to survive? Nicely put.

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