ChaösGnösis

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

freedom

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And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free?

If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead.

You cannot erase it by burning your law books nor by washing the foreheads of your judges, though you pour the sea upon them.

And if it is despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their own pride?

And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.

. . . . . .

Gibran Khalil Gibran, The Prophet (On Freedom)

5 Comments:

  • جمييييييل ..؟

    By Blogger Mowaten, at Mon Jun 06, 09:05:00 AM PDT  

  • thanks Cima......
    welcome in ChaosGnosis land.....

    By Blogger ChaösGnösis, at Mon Jun 06, 11:33:00 AM PDT  

  • ما أكثر ما تكون نفوسكم ساحة قتال تشنه عقولكم و نهاكم على عواطفكم و شهواتكم .و إنى لأتمنى أن أحل فى نفوسكم صانع سلام ،فأشيع الوحدة بين عناصركم المتنافرة ، و أرد تنافسها إلى وئام و ترافق أنغام..و لكن هيهات أن أن يتاح لى ذلك إلا إذا كنتم أنتم أنفسكم صناع سلام ،بل عشاقاً لجملة
    ...عناصركم

    جبران - النبى
    عن العقل و العاطفة
    ترجمة الدكتور ثروت عكاشة

    ملحوظة : مش ناوى تشوفلك حل فى حكاية الكتابة بالعربى؟؟؟

    By Blogger wa7ed mn masr, at Mon Jun 13, 12:08:00 PM PDT  

  • wa7ed,
    Great translation by Dr Okasha...I have it and I love his Arabic version of Gibran's....
    I also find the introduction a superb biography of Gibran's life and work.

    (re: Arabic posting, hopefully next time in Cairo, I will get an Arabic WindowsXP. Unfortunately, DELL does not install it on PCs in the US)

    By Blogger ChaösGnösis, at Mon Jun 13, 02:48:00 PM PDT  

  • I find Gibran a curious example of one who, even when he wrote--beautifully--in English, the Arab world seems to insist that he thought in Arabic...

    By Blogger arch.memory, at Mon Jun 13, 06:37:00 PM PDT  

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