12 great treasure. It can trigger life’s accomplishments and greatest insights. * * * Finally, it can help a great deal to exercise patience with yourself. Life can be quite cyclical, with times of sadness followed by times of pleasure and joy. Try to remind yourself that a time of sadness is useful because it helps you better appreciate the bright, sunny days of life. “The soul would have no rainbow had the eye no tears,” noted American poet John Vance Cheney.
13 Insights on Suffering from Some of the World’s Great Thinkers William Wordsworth: “A deep distress has humanized my soul.” Saint Augustine of Hippo: “God had one Son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon: “I owe more to the fire and the hammer and the file than to anything else in my Lord’s workshop. I sometimes question whether I have ever learned anything except through the rod. When my school room is darkened, I see most.”