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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Don't Live A Half Life

By Khalil Gibran

Do not love half lovers
Do not entertain half friends
Do not indulge in works of the half talented
Do not live half a life and do not die a half death
If you choose silence, then be silent
When you speak, do so until you are finished
Do not silence yourself to say something
And do not speak to be silent
If you accept, then express it bluntly
Do not mask it
If you refuse then be clear about it 
For an ambiguous refusal is but a weak acceptance
Do not accept half a solution
Do not believe half truths
Do not dream half a dream
Do not fantasize about half hopes
Half a drink will not quench your thirst
Half a meal will not satiate your hunger
Half the way will get you no where
Half an idea will bear you no results
Your other half is not the one you love 
It is you in another time yet in the same space
It is you when you are not
Half a life is a life you didn't live,
A word you have not said
A smile you postponed
A love you have not had
A friendship you did not know
To reach and not arrive
Work and not work
Attend only to be absent
What makes you a stranger to them closest to you
and they strangers to you
The half is a mere moment of inability
but you are able for you are not half a being
You are a whole that exists to live a life not half a life

By Kahilil Gibran: Arabic translation sent in by Jihad Harb.


  1. Wow! Golden words!
    Nicely accumulated thoughts, well presented.

  2. very nice....and i have read full of life lines

  3. Gibran has excellent words here :)

  4. I loved the poetry, it has a deep message!!

  5. It's always great to be reminded of Gibran and his great thoughts.

  6. Beautiful....!! Gibran had sort of antagonist thinking..... and so true....

  7. Beautiful......!! Vimlesh

  8. कल 24/01/2014 को आपकी पोस्ट का लिंक होगा पर
    धन्यवाद !

  9. विचारों का बहुत सुन्दर गुलदस्ता !
    नई पोस्ट मेरी प्रियतमा आ !
    नई पोस्ट मौसम (शीत काल )

  10. indeed a deep message.


  11. Very very good.Thanks for posting.

  12. beautiful words! Thanks for sharing!

  13. very sweet poem with a good message.

    God Bless to dear Ayushi .


  14. i only read half of it