(Children) are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself

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Though they are with you, yet they belong not to you

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.


by Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931)
from The Prophet (1923)
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One Response to “(Children) are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself”

  1. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    ‘They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.’ How exquisite is that! So exquisite that if those words were to sit in a tree, they would turn into a nightingale, whose song would give birth to a thousand nightingales.

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