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  1. Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
  2. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
  3. Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.
  4. Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
  5. Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
  6. The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
  7. There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.
  8. You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
  9. Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country? If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in the desert.
  10. If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.
  11. A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?
  12. Your friend is your needs answered.
  13. Nor shall derision prove powerful against those who listen to humanity or those who follow in the footsteps of divinity, for they shall live forever. Forever.
  14. Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.
  15. Hallow the body as a temple to comeliness and sanctify the heart as a sacrifice to love; love recompenses the adorers.
  16. Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
  17. Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
  18. If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don’t, they never were.
  19. And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
  20. Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in your seeds.

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