The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies.The Prophet is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran’s musings are divided into twenty-eight chapters covering such sprawling topics as love, m...

Details The Prophet

TitleThe Prophet
Release DateJan 1st, 2010
PublisherRupa & Co
GenrePoetry, Philosophy, Classics, Fiction, Spirituality, Religion

Reviews The Prophet

  • Karey
    Now that I'm reading The Prophet again, words that I read twenty-seven years ago still ring clearly in my mind as I read them again today. It was a wonderful moment a few evenings ago to find myself reciting aloud and from memory passages that had struck me then--and now--to the very core. Kahlil Gibran spent a couple of years revising The Prophet. Since it is a short book, the concepts come across as distilled. The influences of his native Leban...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry fables written in English by the Lebanese-American poet and writer Kahlil Gibran. It was originally published in 1923 by Alfred A. Knopf. It is Gibran's best known work. The Prophet has been translated into over 100 different languages, making it one of the most translated books in history, and it has never been out of print. The book is divided into chapters dealing with love, m...
  • Mansoor
    The Prophet made me feel profoundly spiritual when I was nineteen. It was a great way to experience spirituality and romance as a teenager, but as I got older, its lusty descriptions of the true meaning of love, marriage, and life just seem like pretty, but shallow, wordplay.Now, don't write to me and prove me wrong on this, because I like the idea very much. I believe that Khalil Gibran was quite the player. The Prophet has a seductive tone that...
  • Lee Transue
    Despite your religious views, be they absent or strong, Gibran has given us a work of beauty that proves, to me at least, that faith is not necessary to be good and right.A favorite quote from the book:"Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with ...
  • Brina
    Kahlil Gibran was one of the leading Maronite philosophers of the first half of the twentieth century. Born in Lebanon in 1883, his poetry accompanied by artwork has been translated into over twenty languages. I decided to read his opus The Prophet, which is awe inspiring poetry written in novella form. A classic that often surfaces on goodreads classics groups, The Prophet is a worthy edition to one's classics collection. Gibran's philosopher Al...
  • Megan Baxter
    I don't know if I can write this review. I really don't. It makes me feel extremely vulnerable, to contemplate putting so much of my heart out on view for people on the internet to see. I also don't know if I have the words.Reading this book was both devastating and awe-inspiring. I was moved beyond words, particularly when I started reading it, started to let the words wash over me, when I realized how familiar they were, not the words, but the ...
  • Patrick
    Of course I remember almost nothing of this book, except that it was an arduous journey through the elementary and unspecific explanation of religious doctrine that tries to be open and liberal, but is actually very conservative and full of ideology that I feel is unrewarding mostly due to the difficulty in actual application. If anyone reads this, although I see no reason why they would, listen to my words. The truth, however you define it, howe...
  • Dolors
    The richness of his poetic prose and its inherent musicality is what I take with me from Al-Mustafá, Gibran’s famous Prophet. There is also a universal spirituality that doesn’t succumb to the pressure of organized dogma that makes of this short fable a classic that might appeal to any reader regardless of his present, absent or muddled religious beliefs.The roundness of the last chapter reminds me of the serene wisdom of the ancient aphoris...
  • Huda Yahya
    I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit*Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.' Say not, ' I have found the path of the soul.' Say rather, 'I have met the soul walking upon my path.' For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    The Prophet by Khalil Gibran is a short but invaluable book of philosophy and encouragement. It is the story of The Prophet who gives his last lectures to the habitants of the seaside town of Orphalese before leaving in a boat to shores unknown. It is filled with wisdom. Despite the religious implication of the title, the philosophy here is more that of Spinoza. "You will be free not when your days are without worry and your nights are without de...
  • Duane
    It's the story of Almustafa, the Prophet, who is departing the city of Orphalese after a 12 year visit. But before he leaves, before he boards the ship that will return him to his homeland, he is asked by the residents of the city to enlighten them on a variety of subjects that deal with life and life's issues. You will find wisdom, compassion, love, friendship, teaching, and maybe best of all, beauty. This book is a virtual roadmap for how to li...
  • Jahn Sood
    I'm not sure that this book lived up to the thousands of recomendations that I got to read it. It is very beautiful, many of the lines are great, but as a whole, it seems like a sort of ode to indecision. Maybe I didn't take enough time with it, but seemed to me to be so heavily focussed on balance and contradictions that it didn't make any extreme proclamations. Maybe balance is more real than that which is self-glorifying, but I just wasn't as ...
  • Greta
    The Prophet is a book of 26 prose poetry fables written in English by the Lebanese-American artist, philosopher and writer Kahlil Gibran, originally published in 1923. The prophet, Almustafa, has lived in the foreign city of Orphalese for 12 years and is about to board a ship which will carry him home. "Long were the days of pain I have spent within its walls, and long were the nights of aloneness; and who can depart from his pain and his alonene...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Re-read a classic to start off the new year. As with every classic, this too turned up in a new light. With echoes of Schopenhauer, Kant and even Comte, this deep poem suddenly took new life in this reading. Now what is left is to search out which way the influence spread before flowering in this expression - east to west, the other way, or is it an early amalgamation of all philosophy like all truly great poems are.
  • Jason Koivu
    Kahlil Gibran is a name that's been revolving around the fringes of my to-read possibilities. As one of the most widely read writers in the world, how could he not?The Prophet combines faith and philosophy in a series of questions and answers on life and death and all the big topics in between, all delivered in a style similar to the Socratic Method...except that it's not really promoting any kind of critical thinking. Yes, there are some fundame...
  • Dan
    This book is cool because it is an excellent display of how similar the world's religions truly are. When it comes down to it, they are really all the same and the differences are mainly aesthetic.However, pretty much any person who has learned about many different religions is really going to come to the same conclusion. All the religions in the world are all compatible, because their entire purpose is to provide a belief system to help people i...
  • ryan
    a book for anyone willing to step outside of the insitutionalized perspective of life that most of America and the world finds itself in. Every line is an intuitive and insightful proclamation of the gut feelings we all have about the way life can be lived and should be lived. I have heard the quote on marriage being like two trees standing near each other with a little space between them so the wind (God) can come between them. it's an extremely...
  • Hend
    The song of love ,love of nature, and all other creatures , love that illuminates the wonderful aspects of life and that gives life meaning and depth. ……He believe in the purity of human being and the goodness hidden in every soul, that is devoid of any evil … it is a whisper on spirituality……A quote that I liked….Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:To m...
  • Loretta
    I'm pretty speechless. What a beautiful, spiritual book! I could feel and hear God speaking through the author. Many parts brought me to tears. This is a book that I'll have to read again. Five stars!!
  • Zaki
    I think people are making this out to be something it's not. It's bombastic nonsense.
  • Jen
    I am torn between loving this book and wanting to make fun of it. Lets have the fun first. From Jen, the prophet-On laughter:And now, why do you snicker, or sniggle, or cough aloudwhen a wrong happens? The mouth of the unjust is eternally in riot, it delights to bare the teeth and pull back the unclean lips.As Bram pointed out there are definite subtexts here...this is my genius, of course. I meant to be all subtexty and such. Ha.I loved this boo...
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    A beautiful book that is almost dreamlike in scope...the kind of dream you have when you think that you have found a piece to the puzzle of life. But Gibran truly has found more than one piece of the puzzle...a book that will be your friend for the rest of your life.
  • Erinina Marie
    The Prophet by Kalil GhibranThis book was given to me as a gift from my director in the last show that I did. I carried it with me everywhere and read it on the train, anytime I was waiting or bored. It brought me such immense comfort and inspiration. When I would read it’s pages before a long day at work, I came to work much more peaceful, than crabby. It’s messages are simple, yet profound and there is room in them to interpret them and hea...
  • Emily
    Verily I say unto you thatyou will find no profundity hereunless, perhaps, you take up that bongor eat that mushroom.Nor will you find anything that thousands of othersdid not say long, long before, far more magnificently.And you may very well sob, asking yourself,"Why did I waste an hour of my time thus?"Fear not. You may happen upon an opportunity to weave itinto a novel.Now, return to Plato, Aeschylus, Aristophanes... for your profundity,and d...
  • Ross Blocher
    I feel like a real spoil sport, but The Prophet strikes me as pretentious and overwrought. Kahlil Gibran is hoping to produce a work of wisdom for the ages (apparently many accept it as such), but so much is either obvious, wrong, meaningless, or inconsequential. Gibran's maxims, delivered through the mouth of "Almustafa, the chosen and the beloved" are reminiscent of (and likely emulating) Ecclesiastes and Proverbs. At times he reaches that leve...
  • Becky
    I admit that I was curious about this book, though it is not something that I would usually gravitate toward. I don't get down with preachy-type stuff. BUT, still I was curious, so when a friend bought me this book for Christmas, I decided to not let it languish on my shelves until I forgot I had it and just go forth and read it. And now I can say that I have read it... but I don't think that it really did much for me. I'm not much into spiritual...
  • Gautam
    Kahlil Gibran's magnum opus 'The Prophet' has been a refreshing read. Though I couldn't resonate with some of the chapters ( may be due to conflict between perspectives) , there were some fascinating quotes.Here are some of my favorite quotes : “Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls...
  • Amal Bedhyefi
    This is a book that everyone should read at least once in his/her lifetime & when you finish it , read it all over again , because that one time won't do it justice.
  • Deborah
    I had been wanting to read Gibran’s masterpiece for years. It has been in my library for who knows how long beckoning me. Published in 1923, this book has never been out of print and translated in over 100 languages. A prophet, who is returning home, imparts his wisdom of love, marriage, religion, laws, friendship, work, freedom, and much more. While deeply thoughtful and broad on topics of humanity and certain selections are inspirational, I f...