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Tenth: Another book by Kahlil Gibran, The Spiritual Sayings. Now I must object, even though the objection is against Kahlil Gibran whom I love. He cannot be allowed to write ‘spiritual sayings’. Spiritual? – although the book is beautiful it would have been better if he had called it Beautiful Sayings. Beautiful, not spiritual. To call it spiritual is just absurd. But still I love the book, just as I love all absurdities.
I am reminded of Tertullian, whose book – forgive me – I have not included. It was impossible for me to include them all, but at least I can mention his name. Tertullian’s famous saying is: Credo quia absurdum – I believe because it is absurd. I don’t think there is another saying in all the languages of the world which is more pregnant than this one. And Tertullian is a Christian saint! Yes, when I see beauty I appreciate it – even in a Christian saint.
Credo quia absurdum – this should be written in diamonds, not even in golden letters. Gold is too cheap. This saying: I believe because it is absurd, is so valuable. Tertullian could have written a book entitled Spiritual Sayings but not Kahlil Gibran.
Kahlil Gibran should meditate. It is time for him to meditate, as it is time for me to stop speaking...but I cannot for the simple reason that I have to complete the number fifty.