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Type: Poet
Nationality: Lebanese American
Date of Birth: 01/06/1883
Date of Death: 04/10/1931


 

Kahlil Gibran Quotes > Life without liberty is like...

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Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
Kahlil Gibran
About: Life, Spirit

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