By Khalil Gibran
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. 他们是生命对于自身渴望而诞生的孩子。
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.你可以给予他们的是你的爱，却不是你的想法，
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.