"I pass by these walls, the walls of Layla
And I kiss this wall and that wall
It’s not Love of the houses that has taken my heart
But of the One who dwells in those houses.”
—Nizami Ganjavi (Layla and Majnun)
My soul was tied to hers
before our creation and during our childhood.
So our love lives and grows.
It does not end if we die but it remains.
It is the light that saves us from the darkness of the grave.
—Qays ibn al-Mulawwah
Someone said to him, ‘O Majnun, why do you sorrow at the separation from Laila? She is not beautiful. I can show you a thousand fairer and more charming maidens, and can let you choose your mate from among them.’ Majnun answered, ‘O, to see the beauty of Laila the eyes of Majnun are needed.’
أنت لست لي ..
ولكنّي أحبك .. ما زلت أحبك ..
وحنيني إليك يقتلني ..
وكل شيء يحول بيني وبينك !
You are not to be mine..
But I love you.. I still love you..
My yearning for you is killing me..
My pride is inhibiting me..
And everything is standing between me and you!
—Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008) - A Palestinian poet and author (via arabicquotes)