The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran - Notes & Highlights

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran - Notes & Highlights


A short book full of wisdom. This book will grow on you with the passing of time. The lessons on various topics will give you enough food for thought.

Table of contents

🚀 The Book in 3 Sentences

  1. A wanderer has lived in solitude nearby a village for some time. He got to know the villagers, and when his time had come to sail away, the villagers started to ask him questions about life.
  2. The questions include religion, clothes, giving, marriage, children, and more. The Prophet provides life advice on all of these topics.
  3. Saying goodbye to the villagers, the Prophet gives his last words of wisdom, telling the villagers that he will be back.

🎨 Impressions

The Prophet is very poetically written. The texts give a sense of awe. Which makes it a mesmerizing read. I only understood some of the lessons given by the Prophet. Some sentences need their time to unfold in my mind. I enjoyed the book, especially the Children, Giving, and Eating verses. But I will love this book when I’m 70 with more life experience and a better understanding. I will re-read this book every five years and see how this is influencing my perspective on the book.

How I Discovered It

I listened to the poem ‘defeat’ by Kahlil Gibran the same week I noticed The Prophet on the recommended reading list of Naval Ravikant.

Who Should Read It?

You will appreciate this book more when life has shown you its ways.

☘️ How the Book Changed Me

💡 How my life / behavior / thoughts / ideas have changed as a result of reading the book.

  • • The book has given me some sense of patience. Experience life, and you will receive more wisdom. Don’t haste yourself.

✍️ My Top 3 Quotes

  • “For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.”
  • “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
  • “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”