Once I said to a scarecrow,
‘You must be tired of standing in this lonely field.’
And he said,
‘The joy of scaring is a deep and lasting one, and I never tire of it.’
Said I, after a minute of thought,
‘It is true; for I too have known that joy.’
‘Only those who are stuffed with straw can know it.’
Then I left him, not knowing whether he had complimented
or belittled me.
A year passed, during which the scarecrow turned philosopher.
And when I passed by him again I saw two crows building a nest
under his hat.
-Khalil Gibran in his book The Madman
Khalil or Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931) was a Lebanese-American philosophical essayist, novelist, poet, painter, theologian and visual artist. He is most famous for his book The Prophet.Since it was published in 1923, The Prophet has never been out of print. The perennial classic has been translated into more than 50 languages and is a staple on international bestseller lists. It is thought to have sold tens of millions of copies. Gibran is one of the most popular writers in the world history. He was a born Christian but influenced by both Christianity and Islam.
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