Joy and Sorrow

From “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

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4 Responses to Joy and Sorrow

  1. Marahm says:

    The longer I live, the more I know the truth of this magnificently expressed concept, and I am sixty years old.

  2. sanil says:

    I love that poem. 🙂 And everything he wrote, really.

  3. Be says:

    Ditto–absolutely beautiful.

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