I am a fan of Kahlil Gibran and have every book written by him, some in French and Spanish, and several in multiple copies which I like to give as gifts to friends. When I am feeling down or confused, or even just need a passage of love and understanding, I go to one of his books, as many others often go to the bible. If you do not know of his work, this spot will give you little snippets.
He was a very wise philosopher and had a way of parables that is only otherwise seen in the bible (or should be).
“I deserted the world and sought solitude because I became tired of rendering courtesy to those multitudes who believe that humility is a sort of weakness, and mercy a kind of cowardice, and snobbery a form of strength.”
The Treasured Writings of Kahlil Gibran
Kahlil Gibran on Pain
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields. And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.
Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity: For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen, And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.