Sand and Foam Kindle ☆ Sand and ePUB ↠

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Sand and Foam ❮Ebook❯ ➨ Sand and Foam Author Kahlil Gibran – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk لم يعمل جبران في هذا الكتاب على تصنيف أقواله وفق الموضوعات التي تدور حولها ،بل نثرها على الصفحات دون ناظم ينظم لم يعمل جبران في هذا الكتاب على تصنيف أقواله وفق الموضوعات التي تدور حولها ،بل نثرها على الصفحات دون ناظم ينظمها والسبب في ذلك أنه أراد لكل قول أن يقوم بمفرده Sand and ePUB ↠ ويكتفي بذاته ومع ذللك فإن القارئ بوسعه أن يجمع الأقوال التي تتناول موضوعاً محدداً، بالرغم من كونها مبعثرة ومتداخلة ،لتتكامل مع بعضها وتتيح للفكرة العامة أن تزداد وضوحاً: والمحاور الرئيسية التي تدور عليها هذه الأقوال هي: وحدة الوجود، الحب، المساواة والعدالة، الخير والشر، العطاء، الألم، المعرفة، الجمال، الفن، الشع.


About the Author: Kahlil Gibran

جبران خليل جبران was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer Born in the town of Bsharri in modern day Lebanon then part of Ottoman Mount Lebanon, as a young Sand and ePUB ↠ man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero He is chiefly known in the English speaking world for his book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the s and again especially in the s counterculture Gibran is the third best selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao Tzu.



10 thoughts on “Sand and Foam

  1. Paul E. Morph Paul E. Morph says:

    I bought this book (don't worry; I didn't pay much for it) under the impression it was a collection of poetry. It is not. I know, I know... I should have looked into it more. #researchfail

    What it actually is is a collection of... how shall I put this?... pieces of personal philosophy. Or, slightly less generously but far more honestly, a seemingly unending string of trite platitudes.

    I buddy read this with my wife and her reaction was 'Oh my god I feel like I've just read a thousand refrigerator magnets!' She's not wrong.

    I gave it two stars because there are actually a few nuggets of genuine wisdom hidden amongst the lazily conceived drivel. I can't give it any more than that due to my suspicion that the old saw about even broken clocks being right twice a day might apply here.

    If you're stoned off your tits you might find this book 'really far out, maaan'. If not, seek out an actual poetry collection, as I should have.


  2. Lynne King Lynne King says:

    I read this exquisite gem of a book last night. There are only eighty-five pages of aphorisms, poems and parables but when I finished it I breathed a sigh of expectancy and felt that I had read a huge novel. What a wonderful experience.

    Gibran has a depth to him that I find quite unsurpassed. I felt as though his words had entered my very soul.

    Some examples:

    If your heart is a volcano how shall you expect flowers to bloom in your hands?

    He who can put his finger upon that which divides good from evil is he who can touch the very hem of the garment of God.

    I would be the least among men with dreams and the desire to fulfill them, rather than the greatest with no dreams and no desires.

    I must read more of his works.



  3. Shahad takleef Shahad takleef says:

    I AM FOREVER walking upon these shores,
    Betwixt the sand and the foam,
    The high tide will erase my foot-prints,
    And the wind will blow away the foam.
    But the sea and the shore will remain
    Forever.


    this book is one of my first favorites , its one of these books i lost count on how many times I've read , Gibran himself was one of my first favorite writers , he even may have been the first , i read all his books , everyone of his works (Arabic versions) when i was in highschool , and though i loved all his works by then , only two books remained with me , Sand and Foam and The Madman , the second which i am intending on re-reading just after writing this review .
    This book is more like a book of quotation, where Gibran writes on many subjects . but , We can also notice an order in its contents, a set of order picks up .
    I love the writing style , the way it magically unlocks one's soul , he throws life around his words , there's a sense of an eternal beauty into them .

    though its too hard and even unfair to quote only parts of it , to choose some as elites , but still , i may like these the most :


    **It was but yesterday I thought myself a fragment quivering without rhythm in the sphere of life.
    Now I know that I am the sphere, and all life in rhythmic fragments moves within me.
    They say to me in their awakening, You and the world you live in are but a grain of sand upon the infinite shore of an infinite sea.
    And in my dream I say to them, I am the infinite sea, and all worlds are but grains of sand upon my shore.


    **Do not the spirits who dwell in the ether envy man his pain?


    **My house says to me, Do not leave me, for here dwells your past.
    And the road says to me, Come and follow me, for I am your future.
    And I say to both my house and the road, I have no past, nor have I a future. If I stay here, there is a going in my staying; and if I go there is a staying in my going. Only love and death will change all things.


    **There is a space between man's imagination and man's attainment that may only be traversed by his longing.


    **If winter should say, Spring is in my heart, who would believe winter?


    **How can you sing if your mouth be filled with food?
    How shall your hand be raised in blessing if it is filled with gold?


    **Only an idiot and a genius break man-made laws; and they are the nearest to the heart of God.


    **Oftentimes I have hated in self-defense; but if I were stronger I would not have used such a weapon.


    **Your saying to me, I do not understand you, is praise beyond my worth, and an insult you do not deserve.


    **If the Milky Way were not within me how should I have seen it or known it?


    **There lies a green field between the scholar and the poet; should the scholar cross it he becomes a wise man; should the poet cross it, he becomes a prophet.


  4. Mohit Parikh Mohit Parikh says:

    If I were a little younger, a little more naive, a little less weighed down by my worldly wisdom (which isn't much), I would have caught hold of every person I care about and read the aphorisms aloud.
    I would have made them taste the beauty and the truth the musings are dipped in. I would have beseech-ed them to open their hearts, to let the powerful words seep into their souls. I would have asked them to read a quote, one at a time, and wonder like a child while summoning all their life's experience. I would have enthused them with my excitement, with my joy, my delight in discovering each new phrase and how truly it reflects my own understanding. That there has been a Khalil Gibran, the writer of this book, such books, that he has been so popular across nations and religions and creeds, that his timeless words still vibrate with the sanctity he once wrote them with in the reader's mind, is a reason enough to be hopeful about this world.
    But I resisted, almost. Take away the few Goodreads updates, the Facebook status updates, the one or two random texts and emails, and I almost behaved. It is inappropriate for a well-read, reasonable man to show such enthusiasm for what but aphorisms.

    ***

    A couple of years ago, I'd made my family and relatives sit around in the drawing room while I read and translated a chapter from 'Tuesdays with Morrie'. They did not beat me. My mother remarked the next day that I read to them only from books about death or people that are dying and that they weren't that old yet; so I stopped.
    I bought 'The Monk who sold his Ferrari' for my uncle who has spent his entire life at a wholesale shop. But he returned it unread. To the highly judgmental and racist father of a friend who, at least in my opinion, was in Ayan Rand cult, I gave Michael Shermer's 'Why people believe weird things' and Jared Diamond's 'Gun, Germs and Steel'. We are yet to see each other in eyes. My best friend, who is bored with life, has dumped 'The Power of Now' in a trunk and says he won't mind selling it. It was a birthday present from me.

    In the Marketing division of the Headhunting firm I work I am not doing too well.

    ***

    This work is a food for soul. It's delicious, has medicinal benefits and is supposed to be taken in small proportions.


    Some random morsels:

    Yestereve I saw philosophers in the market-place, carrying their heads in baskets, and crying aloud, Wisdom! Wisdom for sale!
    Poor philosophers! They must needs sell their heads to feed their hearts

    If winter should say, Spring is in my heart, who would believe winter?

    The significance of a man is not in what he attains, but in what he longs to attain

    In vain shall a poet seek the mother of the songs of his heart.

    My favorite:
    A woman protested saying, 'Of course it was a righteous war. My son fell in it.'


  5. Michael Michael says:

    Gibran's ability to encapsulate a profound concept in two or three lines is incredible.

    There's so much to think about on every page of this small book that it will require multiple readings to really appreciate what he's saying. That's not to say that he's obscure, because he's certainly not, he's mostly cuttingly precise and clear. It's that his message is, like most great teachers, a challenging one that for most of us (certainly me) would take a massive change of character and life-style to realise. Sadly, I'm far too lazy to make the changes, but maybe some of it will stick and I will be a little bit the better for it.

    I bought another two of his books at the same time as this one and will read them soon: I want to learn more.

    Edit: Perhaps a few small changes since I first wrote this, but still lazy.


  6. Srividya Srividya says:

    There are some books that you can read really quickly and finish it and there are some that you need to chew and devour, bit by bit. The beauty of the second type of books is that it gets better with every reading and it is something that you never get tired of reading, again and again. Moreover, these are books that offer different interpretations, each time you read them, depending on what you are feeling and how you want to think.

    I was accidentally introduced to one such book recently, Sand and Foam by Khalil Gibran. Okay introduced is the wrong word and an exaggeration to say the least, because I was stalking another BR thread of a friend, when I came across some interesting discussions about this book, which made me really curious and I started reading it along with them, if only to avoid feeling left out. And believe me, I was feeling deprived of all that intelligent conversation going on in that thread. I have to tell you that this has been one of the best decisions of my life as the book is truly splendid. In fact I honestly don’t have words to describe just how good this short yet voluminous book is.

    Strange right, that I would call a small book voluminous? Well it’s true, it is a short book with hardly a few pages to read but each verse or aphorism in that book is extremely profound and makes way for different interpretations, making the read anything but short. I started reading this book yesterday in the morning and I must have read it at least four times since then, while reading each verse multiple times during each read. I go back to some verses and keep reading them, almost as if I am in some kind of a trance. The book both entrances and calms you, by allowing you to dwell in the sea of knowledge that it presents in such small precepts. It is almost like a drug that you cannot get enough of, only that this is a drug of knowledge, which you can definitely overdose on and come out feeling lighter and more humble.

    The sheer beauty of Gibran is seen through each of these aphorisms and verses, which is filled with so much of meaning that I believe that it will take a lifetime for any of us to truly understand and appreciate it. I have previously read his The Prophet and must admit to really liking it but this one surpasses that book and I can confidently say that this is one of the best reads of this year.

    And although am marking this as read today, am sure I will be reading it every day and discovering new meanings and interpretations. This is one of those books that you cannot ever say that you have finished reading.

    So, if you are in a mood for reading something that will awaken all your grey cells and makes you think like nothing else, do read this book. An ocean of wonders, it presents the very essence of life and living in such simple yet complex aphorisms that you can definitely use it as a daily reference as you go about living your life.

    Highly recommended.

    Special thanks to Meera and Mansu for introducing me to this book and allowing me to hijack it in this manner. :)


  7. Mεδ Rεδħα Mεδ Rεδħα says:

    Sand and foam is the kind of book that we like to keep close to ourselves and reopen regularly when life is harder, to simply draw, at random, the sweet secrets it contains and s to water at the source of simple and true words, spontaneous and sincere poetic thoughts, adages carrying wisdom and humility.

    322 aphorisms that speak to the heart as well as to the spirit, by which the great poet of Lebanese origin Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) gives us the intimate part of his being, the deep convictions, resulting from the lived and the experience, who have forged their personality in joy or pain, in reflection or loneliness, in painting, writing and the Arts, in love or abandonment...

    Whoever said there is too much sand and foam about these scattered notes scribbled on the most diverse media (from the tablecloth to the theatrical program), offers us a sweet moment of eternity and infinite, a moment of appeasement torn from the fury of the real.

    These 322 fragments of thought, initially supposed to be developed in later works and finally collected in a book on the advice of Mary Haskell, the woman who was devoutly loved by the poet but unfortunately rejected, carry a beautiful morality, not sententious but uplifting and full of probity, humble and fraternal. Crumbs of the feast of the spirit revealing a philosophy of life all oriental, bathed in spirituality, asceticism and common sense, whose metaphorical and parabolic formulation open the doors of the spirit at the same time as that of a poetic elsewhere.

    To the one who refused to marry her but who will remain friends and loved until death, to Mary Haskell, the famous author of the Prophet dedicates these aphorisms sown like grains of sand on the shore of existence.

    To one who contemplates the sun with an eagle's gaze,
    She who catches the fire with her determined fingers,
    That which, beyond the cries and din of the blind,
    Knows the melody of the soul,
    In the fullness of the universe.
    To M.E.H.
    I raise this book.

    The love sadness and the torments of life are transcended by the spiritual quest, by faith in a superior power, by a desire to be and to exist according to precepts of benevolence, tolerance and sharing. A very Christlike message that does not have a religious character, strictly speaking, but above all the fervent desire to build a unified world of peace and love.

    One can not reach dawn except by the path of the night ... The man who makes the author, pacifist and humanist, envelops his maxims of images and of sweetness, of peace and comfort, by instilling perseverance and courage, self-giving and respect for others, greatness of soul and inner development.

    The reader has the leisure to let himself be carried away by images and sounds, to make them vibrate in the hollow of his soul, to make them palpitate in the meanders of his mind and to resound in his heart, according to his personality, his needs or his desires ...Humanity is a river of light flowing from creation to eternity.


  8. Malak Alrashed Malak Alrashed says:

    I read this one a long time ago -the one translated to Arabic- at that time it didn't make any sense to me! It just made me think that Gibran is some sort of a crazy man who knew how to write thousands of meaningless poems!

    Recently, I had this strange desire to read something for Gibran, so I took this book and started reading it again and GOD I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN! The only difference this time was that I have taken the original one written in English. Yeah, translation can be really bad sometimes.

    Anyway, reading Gibran's words was like listening to a symphony you'd never want to stop and every time you listen to it, you discover a new beautiful tone you weren't aware of. I felt that there is a hidden meaning for each poem. One that you need to really think about to understand, though sometimes Gibran sounds like this annoying-dreamer-optimistic person that you can't stand, but he's still a nice guy. I love him.


  9. Shefalika Shefalika says:

    Every expression I have imbibed with my heart I must levitate with my consciousness.


  10. Sunny Sunny says:

    Have to admit I really like this. Khalil is a classic philosopher / Islamic poet and some of the insights his poetry like words weave is stunning. A short book of some of his sayings:
    • “when life doesn’t find a singer to sing her heart she produced a philosopher to speak her mind”
    • “Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper that we may record our emptiness.”
    • “All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of our minds”
    • “We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.”
    • “Love is a word of light, written by a hand of light, upon a page of light.”
    • “Should we al confess our sins to one another we would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality.”
    • “They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold”
    • “The deep and the high go to the depth or to the height in a straight line; only the spacious can move in circles.”
    • “I said to life, I would hear death speak and life raised her voice a little higher and said, you hear him now.” – love this. Class Khalil, class. Life is a bullet fired at you the second you are born from a million miles away.
    • “Said a philosopher to a street sweeper – I pity you. Yours is a hard and dirty task. And the street sweeper said – thank you sir but tell me what is your task? And the philosopher answered, saying – I study man’s mind, his deeds and his desires. Then the street sweeter went on with his sweeping and said with a smile – I pity you too.”
    • “Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking”
    • “it is indeed misery if I stretch an empty hand to men and receive nothing; but it is hopelessness if I stretch a full hand and find none to receive it.”


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