Difficulties are problems which must be overcome on the path to progress.
- I feel anxious for the fate of our monarchy, or democracy, or whatever is to take place. I soon get lost in a labyrinth of perplexities; but, whatever occurs, may justice and righteousness be the stability of our times, and order arise out of confusion. Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.
- Abigail Adams Letter to John Adams (27 November 1775).
- 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.
- Henry Ward Beecher, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 107
- Difficulty is a severe instructor, set over us by the supreme ordinance of a parental Guardian and Legislator, who knows us better than we know ourselves, as he loves us better too. Pater ipse colendi haud facilem esse viam voluit. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
- Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), Volume iii, page 453.
- I've always believed that a writer has got to remain an outsider. If I was offered anything like the Nobel Prize for Literature, I'd find it an extremely difficult conflict because I'd be basically disinclined to accept.
- Roger Smith: You have to use your pent-up energy to fight through the harshness of reality. That's Roger Smith's Rule No. 2.
- Shin Yoshida, The Big O Daemon Seed
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 194.
- Die grössten Schwierigkeiten liegen da, wo wir sie nicht suchen.
- The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Sprüche in Prosa, p. 236.
- 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.
- Samuel Johnson, Rasselas, Chapter XIII.
- 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.
- 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.
- James Wolfe, dispatch to Pitt (Sept. 2, 1759).