Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) was a Lebanese poet, artist and is one of the most-beloved writers ever, thanks to his famous book The Prophet. Published in 1923, the book is a collection of 26 poems delivered as sermons by a Prophet who is leaving a city to return home. Before leaving, the people of the city ask him to share his thoughts about life’s big questions such as love, marriage, children, pain and freedom. The quote used in this comic is taken from chapter 7, about work.
The Prophet is one of the most successful books of all-time, having sold over 100 million copies. Apparently in the United States, it is second only to the Bible in numbers sold. Gibran’s beautifully hypnotic poetry has influenced the likes of John Kennedy, Indira Gandhi and John Lennon.
You can read The Prophet for free at Project Gutenberg Australia.