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By Kahlil Gibran, 1883-1931, Lebanon.
Submitted by Leslie Robertson, who likely didn’t expect me to post the whole passage from which she quoted. This passage is only a small piece of the whole; to read more, click the Passage source: Project Gutenberg Australia.
I AM IGNORANT of absolute truth. But I am humble before my ignorance and therein lies my honor and my reward.
There is a space between man’s imagination and man’s attainment that may only be traversed by his longing.
Paradise is there, behind that door, in the next room; but I have lost the key.
Perhaps I have only mislaid it.
You are blind and I am deaf and dumb, so let us touch hands and understand.
The significance of man is not in what he attains, but rather in what he longs to attain.
Some of us are like ink and some like paper.
And if it were not for the blackness of some of us, some of us would be dumb;
And if it were not for the whiteness of some of us, some of us would be blind.
Give me an ear and I will give you a voice.