Three Quote Challenge, Day 1


The lovely Eilis Niamh has nominated me for the three quote challenge, the rules of which are as follows:

First, you thank the person who’s nominated you.
Then, you post a quote you love.
Finally, on each of the three days you post a different quote, you choose another blogger to carry on. (ooh, not sure about that last one – however, we shall see)

Thank you Eilis! Okay, here is my first quote:

‘Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, even as the strings of the lute are alone, though they quiver with the same music.’ Kahlil Gibran

I found my copy of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in a charity shop – it’s a 1972 edition, still with $2 marked in pencil on the inside cover. I was already familiar with some of his quotes, the above one in particular, as it was part of a reading I had at my wedding. It’s pretty popular for weddings, I guess, but I believe that’s because it speaks a truth all couples can heed.

In a world where we are constantly sold a happy ending based on the idea that, once you find your soulmate you’re set for life, never to part, Gibran offers an alternate viewpoint. That, while we should love each other, we should also love enough to let our significant other be alone. To let them grow as a person, just as we grow too. That, while we may share a life, we don’t have to share everything. Though our strings may quiver to the same music, we don’t necessarily have to play together all the time. Whether together or apart, it makes no difference, for you do not depend on anyone else to make you complete – you are a complete person already.

I love the first metaphor – ‘a moving sea between the shores of your souls’. It’s just so poetic and romantic. That’s what love feels like to me. Water flowing endlessly, tides waxing and waning under a silver moon, a force of nature you can only follow along with, not control.

So that’s my first quote, two more to go. I would like to nominate Stephen Baird, if he doesn’t mind (though it’s up to you whether or not you wish to take on the challenge, Stephen!)

4 thoughts on “Three Quote Challenge, Day 1

  1. I love this quote, it’s so vivid and moving, and true. I also really resonate with love being a sea between the shores of souls. I have often felt that a landscape is a very apt metaphor for soul. Beautiful!

    • Thanks Eilis – it’s a favourite of mine as well. I knew when I started the challenge that I wanted to include a Gibran quote, as the words are so poetic. I’m really glad you enjoyed it xx

  2. Wow, Helen, this is a Gorgeous quote, I really love it, and so true. I used to have a poster on my wall as a teen which said” if you love someone, set them free; it they come back to you, they’re yours. If they don’t, they never were.”

    I always loved it, and felt it to be true. Your quote reminds me of that. The language is so lush. And that last line about the quivering strings has set me all a-quiver, I can tell you, lol!

    Lovely, just lovely! Xxx

    • Thanks Ali – I remember that poster too 🙂 I think it was up in one of my classrooms at school. It is a similar sentiment, absolutely. And I love the language too – it is perfect for a wedding reading, or for any time you feel like getting romantic, really 😉

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