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Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
The Prophet 11 On Buying and Selling

ON BUYING AND SELLING

And a merchant said, "Speak to us of Buying and Selling."

And he answered and said:

To you the earth yields her fruit, and you shall not want if you
but know how to fill your hands.

It is in exchanging the gifts of the earth that you shall find
abundance and be satisfied.

Yet unless the exchange be in love and kindly justice, it will
but lead some to greed and others to hunger.

When in the market place you toilers of the sea and fields and
vineyards meet the weavers and the potters and the gatherers
of spices,

Invoke then the master spirit of the earth, to come into your
midst and sanctify the scales and the reckoning that weighs
value against value.

And suffer not the barren-handed to take part in your transactions,
who would sell their words for your labour.

To such men you should say,

"Come with us to the field, or go with our brothers to the sea and
cast your net; For the land and the sea shall be bountiful to you
even as to us."

And if there come the singers and the dancers and the
flute players, buy of their gifts also.

For they too are gatherers of fruit and frankincense, and that
which they bring, though fashioned of dreams, is raiment and
food for your soul.

And before you leave the marketplace, see that no one has
gone his way with empty hands.

For the master spirit of the earth shall not sleep peacefully
upon the wind till the needs of the least of you are satisfied.



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