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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.
  • If we can see our difficulties, there is a way of resolving them, or the hope of a way.
  • 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 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.

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.

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