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Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
The Prophet 18 On Teaching

ON TEACHING

Then said a teacher, "Speak to us of Teaching."

And he said:

No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies
half asleep in the dawning of our knowledge.

The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among
his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith
and his lovingness.

If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of
wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.

The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space,
but he cannot give you his understanding.

The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all space,
but he cannot give you the ear which arrests the rhythm nor the
voice that echoes it.

And he who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the
regions of weight and measure, but he cannot conduct you thither.

For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.

And even as each one of you stands alone in God's knowledge,
so must each one of you be alone in his knowledge of God and
in his understanding of the earth.



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