Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.
For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
Give your hearts, but not into each otherís keeping,
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
That which seems most feeble and bewildered in you is the strongest and most determined.
You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief, But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against passion and your appetite.