Poet Khalil Gibran was born in Northern Lebanon on January 6, 1883. Gibran's family lived in poverty so he didn't get formal schooling during his youth. While growing up Priests visited him and taught him about the Bible, as well as the Arabic and Syriac languages. Later Khalil moved to the United States and Gibran settled in Boston's South End. Then he went to school and was placed in special classes so he could learn English. At the school he was introduced to art, photography, publishing, and writing. After that his career as a writer began.
When Khalil had moved to the United States he then studied and began his literary career. He was mainly known in the English speaking world for his book in 1923 called, "The Prophet" which was an example of inspirational fiction. He also wrote many philosophical essays written in English. Gibran sold his book and became very popular in the 1960's. Then he became the best-selling poet of all time, after Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.
And a youth said, "Speak to us of Friendship."
Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay."
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.
And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.