«Your children are not your children»

by Kahlil Gibran*

Illustrazione da "Il Profeta"

Illustrazione da “Il Profeta” , edizione Se (1985), traduzione di Piera Oppezzo e postfazione di Nicola Crocetti

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children.

And he said:

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.


You may give them your love but not your thoughts,

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of to-morrow,

which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

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