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And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of
Children."

And he said:

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.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit,
not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you
with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;

For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that
is stable.
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Lou - 7 months ago
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Ah Kahlil.. the so missquoted poet! Imagine two presidents use his lines and claimed it as their own.. What ashame not to give the honour where it belongs... "Don't ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country"! Kahlil Gibran.. As of this poem, how true this is.. Parents do not even attempt to live your life over again using your child's life.. allow them to grow and be the individuals they deserve to be.. just guide them gently! #1
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