“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” ~ Kahlil Gibran (January 6, 1883 to April 10, 1931)
From The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran (1923)
Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer.
[Source: Sunbeams: A Book of Quotations, edited by Sy Safransky (1990), page 55. Dates and biographical information from Wikipedia, accessed August 2, 2010.]