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The Threshold of Your Mind

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”

The above quote was read by the Headmaster to all the staff this morning. It is a good quote for Sixth Form to reflect on too. The quote comes from the writings of Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese-American philosophical essayist, novelist, mystical poet, and artist. In the 1960s Gibran’s works influenced especially American popular culture; his most famous book, The Prophet (1923), has been a bestseller from the 1920s. Gibran believed that if a sensible way of living and thinking could be found, people would have mastery over their lives.

Our own Mrs Lacey comments, ‘this reminds me of the passage at the end of Judges when the people ask for a King. They are told that they don’t really want a king because then they will have to pay taxes and fight for him etc. But all the people insisted. Then the priest was sent to a certain house in a village to find the king. When he had found him he said, “Come with me to a high mountain, and I will show you what is in your heart”. That is something that I find so encouraging, that whatever you are facing, you have within you what you need. He doesn’t say, “Come with me and I will teach you how to be King”.’

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