You and I are sons of one faith—the Spirit. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry , breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero.
His more than seven hundred images include portraits of his friends W. Yeats , Carl Jung and Auguste Rodin.
Gibran was born into a Maronite Christian family and raised in Maronite schools. He was influenced not only by his own religion but also by Islam, and especially by the mysticism of the Sufis.
His knowledge of Lebanon's bloody history, with its destructive factional struggles, strengthened his belief in the fundamental unity of religions, which his parents exemplified by welcoming people of various religions in their home. Gibran also worked with St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery on a number of occasions  both in terms of art like his drawings and readings of his work,   and in religious matters. In , at the age of 25, Gibran was formally excommunicated by the Maronite Catholic Church following the publication of Rebellious Spirits, a novel deeply critical of secular and spiritual authority.
One of Gibran's acquaintances later in life, Juliet Thompson , reported several anecdotes relating to Gibran. Gibran was by no means a politician. He used to say: "I am not a politician, nor do I wish to become one" and "Spare me the political events and power struggles, as the whole earth is my homeland and all men are my fellow countrymen. Nevertheless, Gibran called for the adoption of Arabic as a national language of Syria, considered from a geographic point of view, not as a political entity.
When the Ottomans were eventually driven from Syria during World War I, Gibran sketched a euphoric drawing "Free Syria" which was then printed on the special edition cover of the Arabic-language paper As-Sayeh The Traveler founded in New York by Abd al-Masih Haddad in  ; this play, according to Khalil Hawi, "defines Gibran's belief in Syrian nationalism with great clarity, distinguishing it from both Lebanese and Arab nationalism , and showing us that nationalism lived in his mind, even at this late stage, side by side with internationalism.
Gibran's best-known work is The Prophet , a book composed of twenty-six poetic essays. Its popularity grew markedly during the s with the American counterculture and then with the flowering of the New Age movements. It has remained popular with these and with the wider population to this day. Since it was first published in , The Prophet has never been out of print. Having been translated into more than languages, making it among the top ten most translated books in history  it was one of the best-selling books of the twentieth century in the United States.
Elvis Presley was deeply affected by Gibran's The Prophet after receiving his first copy in He reportedly read passages to his mother and over the years gave away copies of The Prophet to friends and colleagues. Photographs of his hand-written notes under certain passages throughout his copy are archived on various museum websites. A line of poetry from Sand and Foam , which reads "Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so that the other half may reach you", was used by John Lennon and placed, though in a slightly altered form, into the song " Julia " from the Beatles ' album The Beatles a.
Johnny Cash recorded The Eye of the Prophet as an audio cassette book, and Cash can be heard talking about Gibran's work on a track called "Book Review" on his album Unearthed. Bowie used Gibran as a "hip reference",  because Gibran's work A Tear and a Smile became popular in the hippy counterculture of the s. In Gibran's fable "On Death" from The Prophet was composed in Hebrew by Gilad Hochman to the unique setting of soprano, theorbo and percussion and premiered in France under the title River of Silence.
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