On Talking_Gibran Khalil Gibran

And then a scholar said, Speak of Talking

And he answered, saying:

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your


And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of

your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a

diversion and a pastime.

And in much of your talking, thinking is half


For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of

words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.

There are those among you who seek the talkative

through fear of being alone.

The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their

naked selves and they would escape.

And there are those who talk, and without

knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they

themselves do not understand.

And there are those who have the truth within

them, but they tell it not in words.

In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in

rhythmic silence.

When you meet your friend on the roadside or in

the market-place, let the spirit in you move your lips

and direct your tongue.

Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of

his ear;

For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the

taste of the wine is remembered.

When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no


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