Jabra Ibrahim Jabra quotes

  • The artist, surgeon, through clay form, can only look for cure with great obstinacy until he discovers, repeatedly, that love is god's only gift that enables man to transcend his tragedy and regain his wholeness and well-being beyond the claws of evil, rampaging as evil may be.
    -- Jabra Ibrahim Jabra

    #Artist #Love Is #Men

  • They [Arabs] wanted to catch up with the modern world. The West appreciated that, but was more interested in colonies, markets, and spheres of influence. Such is the way in which historical forces operate: the give and take between nations, as between cultures, is no simple exchange
    -- Jabra Ibrahim Jabra

    #Simple #Giving #Historical

  • Here I stand and make Both myth and reality in my own way And live the violence of my dream and of my reality.
    -- Jabra Ibrahim Jabra

    #Dream #Reality #Self

  • For tradition to be alive it has to be allowed to be a fountain of power for things undreamt of, things to come.
    -- Jabra Ibrahim Jabra

    #Alive #Tradition #Fountain

  • Some people imagine that by returning to tradition, you will renew it. This is not true, for by returning to tradition, you renew nothing. But by setting out from it and adding to it, you renew its power, because only by addition can you prepare the future path for the living sap within it.
    -- Jabra Ibrahim Jabra

    #People #Sap #Path

  • After a point of time, when you get success and fame, money and everything, the purpose of life has to be redefined. For me, I think that purpose is to build bridges. Artists can do that very easily, more than politicians.

  • What to paint was a problem for the war artist... the old heroics, the death and glory stuff, were gone forever... the impressionistic technique I had developed was now ineffective, for visual impressions were not enough.

  • Unconditional love is hard to compete with.

  • Love is a flame that burns everything other than itself. It is the destruction of all that is false and the fulfillment of all that is true.

  • Jealousy, you know, is usually not an affair of causes. It is much more-how shall I say?-fundamental than that. Based on the knowledge that one's love is not returned. And so one goes on waiting, watching, expecting...that the loved one will turn to someone else.

  • People say love can be developed, but in the end, the only person you love is yourself. That's why you choose to love someone who can please you the most.

  • For us who choose our dreams over our love the only thing we can do for love is perhaps to release the lock around our necks. Through that, the pain may vanish.

  • God wants us to speak to men so that they will feel it, so that they will never forget it. God means every Christian to be effective, to make a difference in the actual records and results of Christian work. God put each of us here to be a power. There is not one of us but is an essential wheel of the machinery and can accomplish all that God calls us to.

  • We always knew how to honor fallen soldiers. They were killed for our sake, they went out on our mission. But how are we to mourn a random man killed in a terrorist attack while sitting in a cafe? How do you mourn a housewife who got on a bus and never returned?

  • Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.