“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” – Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 to April 10, 1931)
From The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran (1923)
I love that phrase “… Life’s longing for itself.”
Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer.
[Source for quote: personal knowledge, verified through using my copy of The Prophet. A favorite quote of mine! Source for dates and other biographical information: Wikipedia].