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Difficulties are problems which must be overcome on the path to progress.


Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 194.
  • Die grössten Schwierigkeiten liegen da, wo wir sie nicht suchen.
  • Nil agit exemplum, litem quod lite resolvit.
    • The illustration which solves one difficulty by raising another, settles nothing.
    • Horace, Satires, II. 3. 103.
  • Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
  • Blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
    • Matthew, XXIII. 24.
  • So he with difficulty and labor hard
    Mov'd on, with difficulty and labor he.
  • Ardua molimur; sed nulla nisi ardua virtus.
    • I attempt a difficult work; but there is no excellence without difficulty.
    • Ovid, Ars Amatoria, II. 537.
  • Men might as well have hunted an hare with a tabre.
    • Richard the Redeles (1399).
  • It is as hard to come as for a camel
    To thread the postern of a small needle's eye.
  • Nil tam difficile quin quærendo investigari possiet.
    • Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking.
    • Terence, Heauton timoroumenos, IV, 2, 8. Robert Herrick, Hesperides (1648), No. 1009, Seek and Find.
  • Nulla est tam facilis res, quin difficilis siet,
    Quum invitus facias.
    • There is nothing so easy in itself but grows difficult when it is performed against one's will.
    • Terence, Heauton timoroumenos, IV, 6, 1.
  • There is such a choice of difficulties, that I own myself at a loss how to determine.


  • Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence—as a compliment from God.
  • Difficulty is a severe instructor, set over us by the supreme ordinance of a paternal guardian and legislator, who knows us better than we know ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
  • There is no merit where there is no trial; and, till experience stamps the mark of strength, cowards may pass for heroes, faith for falsehood.
  • Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body.
  • It is difficulties which give birth to miracles.
  • What is difficulty? Only a word indicating the degree of strength requisite for accomplishing particular objects; a mere notice of the necessity for exertion; a bugbear to children and fools; only a mere stimulus to men.
  • There are few difficulties that hold out against real attacks; they fly, like the visible horizon, before those who advance.
  • Within every difficulty lies opportunity.

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