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On Beauty

Posted in books, poetry, quotes by amoslanka on September 9, 2009

And a poet said, “Speak to us of Beauty.”

The tired and the weary say, “beauty is of soft whisperings. She speaks in our spirit.
Her voice yields to our silences like a faint light that quivers in fear of the shadow.”
But the restless say, “We have heard her shouting among the mountains,
And with her cries came the sound of hoofs, and the beating of wings and the roaring of lions.”

All these things have you said of beauty.
Yet in truth you spoke not of her but of needs unsatisfied,
And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.
It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth,
But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted.
It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear,
But rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears.
It is not the sap within the furrowed bark, nor a wing attached to a claw,
But rather a garden forever in bloom and a flock of angels for ever in flight.

[B]eauty is life when life unveils her holy face.
But you are life and you are the veil.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
But you are eternity and you are the mirror.

– Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, Beauty (abridged)

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  1. stephanie asmus said, on October 9, 2009 at 1:39 am

    favorite book. Or at least in the top 5

    • amoslanka said, on October 9, 2009 at 9:02 am

      Wow really? Thats great! mine too. A line from it tattooed on my arm even :)


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