Quotes and Sayings about Difficulties



"Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air."
- John Quincy Adams
(Related: Courage, Perseverance, Difficulties, Obstacles)

"My difficulties belong to me!"
- Alfred Adler
(Related: Difficulties)

"I am concerned because even in the past two years that were the jubilee years, I have seen evident signs which show that the people are still in great difficulties, and there are things that still need to be remedied and looked after in many areas."
- Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Related: People, Difficulties, Past, Years)

"Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties."
- Aesop
(Related: Trust, Advice, Difficulties, Man)

"I have had to work long and hard to eradicate the dangerous delusion that, in a bad position, I could always, or nearly always, conjure up some unexpected combination to extricate me from my difficulties."
- Alexander Alekhine
(Related: Work, Delusion, Difficulties)

"Among our own people also the church sorely needs clergy in close touch with the ordinary life of the laity, living the life of ordinary men, sharing their difficulties and understanding their trials by close personal experience."
- Roland Allen
(Related: Experience, Life, Men, People, Church, Difficulties, Living, Needs, Sharing, Trials, Understanding)

"The difficulties of conducting espionage against the Soviet Union in the Soviet Union were such that historically the Agency had backed away from the task."
- Aldrich Ames
(Related: Difficulties)

"Hitherto I have courted Truth with a kind of Romantick Passion, in spite of all Difficulties and Discouragements: for knowledge is thought so unnecessary an Accomplishment for a Woman, that few will give themselves the Trouble to assist us in the Attainment of it."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Truth, Thought, Knowledge, Accomplishment, Difficulties, Passion, Trouble, Will, Woman)

"Man learns through experience, and the spiritual path is full of different kinds of experiences. He will encounter many difficulties and obstacles, and they are the very experiences he needs to encourage and complete the cleansing process."
- Sai Baba
(Related: Experience, Difficulties, Man, Needs, Obstacles, Spiritual, Will)

"Presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties."
- Benjamin Banneker
(Related: Courage, Despair, Difficulties, Neglect, Sight)

"Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping."
- Ethel Barrymore
(Related: Difficulties, Forget, Past)

"The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future."
- E. T. Bell
(Related: Difficulties, Future, Mathematics, Mistakes, Past)

"It is true I had been successful on a small scale in overcoming one of the main difficulties in the new process, but there was still much to invent, and much that at that period I necessarily knew nothing about."
- Henry Bessemer
(Related: Successful, Difficulties, Nothing, Overcoming)

"One of the difficulties of not knowing for so long whether we were doing a fifth season or not was that we weren't really allowed to go out shopping for work."
- Claudia Black
(Related: Work, Difficulties)

"The difficulties and struggles of today are but the price we must pay for the accomplishments and victories of tomorrow."
- William J. H. Boetcker
(Related: Accomplishments, Difficulties, Today, Tomorrow)

"Men don't have as many difficulties and are more supported to combine the different aspects of their life."
- Emma Bonino
(Related: Life, Men, Difficulties)

"There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them."
- Phyllis Bottome
(Related: Difficulties, Meeting)

"Concerned that others were not coming onto the summit and because I had no radio link to those below me, I began to wonder if there were difficulties down the mountain. I made the decision to descend."
- Anatoli Boukreev
(Related: Decision, Difficulties, Wonder)

"Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought."
- Elizabeth Bowen
(Related: Thought, Difficulties, Language)

"Everything must be recaptured and relocated in the general framework of history, so that despite the difficulties, the fundamental paradoxes and contradictions, we may respect the unity of history which is also the unity of life."
- Fernand Braudel
(Related: History, Life, Difficulties, May, Paradoxes, Respect, Unity)

"Out of difficulties grow miracles."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Difficulties, Miracles)

"With the club now in administration and concern about where the money for land sale has gone, I know there are huge commercial difficulties to be resolved, but I hope that football will once again become the most important issue."
- Anne Campbell
(Related: Money, Hope, Concern, Difficulties, Football, Land, Now, Will)

"I've always had difficulties with female characters."
- John Le Carre
(Related: Difficulties)

"We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties."
- Oswald Chambers
(Related: God, Difficulties, Eyes)

"Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict."
- William Ellery Channing
(Related: Conflict, Difficulties, Spirit)

"Difficulties mastered are opportunities won."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Difficulties)

"It has been one of my difficulties, in arguing this question out of doors with friends or strangers, that I rarely find any intelligible agreement as to the object of the war."
- Richard Cobden
(Related: War, Agreement, Difficulties, Friends, Question, Strangers)

"I decided blacks should not have to experience the difficulties I had faced, so I decided to open a flying school and teach other black women to fly."
- Bessie Coleman
(Related: Experience, Women, Difficulties, Flying, Open, School)

"There are three difficulties in authorship: to write anything worth publishing, to find honest men to publish it, and to find sensible men to read it."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Men, Difficulties, Publishing, Worth)

"To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: People, Being, Difficulties, Publishing, Worth)

"I think everybody had difficulties with that dynamic, turning the family into a band and being constantly together. So everybody, as individuals. had things to sort out."
- Andrea Corr
(Related: Family, Being, Difficulties)

"Reasoned arguments and suggestions which make allowance for the full difficulties of the state of war that exists may help, and will always be listened to with respect and sympathy."
- Stafford Cripps
(Related: War, Sympathy, Arguments, Difficulties, Help, May, Respect, State, Will)

"The bottom line is, it's a great script and that's very inspiring and makes you want to overcome whatever technical difficulties you come up against."
- John Crowley
(Related: Difficulties, Inspiring, Want)

"It is no secret that the Golf Foundation has had its difficulties."
- Peter Dawson
(Related: Difficulties, Golf)

"Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles."
- Henry Drummond
(Related: Men, Life, Difficulties, Obstacles)

"However, the difficulties and pleasures of the writing itself are similar for a novel with a historical setting and a novel with a contemporary setting, as far as I'm concerned."
- Helen Dunmore
(Related: Difficulties, Writing)

"Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Difficulties, Mathematics, Worry)

"Our difficulties of the moment must always be dealt with somehow, but our permanent difficulties are difficulties of every moment."
- T. S. Eliot
(Related: Difficulties)

"A man in my situation, my lords, has not only to encounter the difficulties of fortune. and the force of power over minds which it has corrupted or subjugated. but the difficulties of established prejudice: the man dies, but his memory lives."
- Robert Emmet
(Related: Power, Difficulties, Force, Fortune, Man, Memory)

"Difficulties are things that show a person what they are."
- Epictetus
(Related: Difficulties)

"Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion."
- B. C. Forbes
(Related: Act, Difficulties)

"There are some guys you have problems beating because of their style - I always had difficulties with guys like Michael Chang and Andre Agassi because their returns were so good and they played so well in defence."
- Guy Forget
(Related: Difficulties, Problems, Style)

"When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration?"
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Difficulties, Mankind, Will)

"When there were financial difficulties they still managed to provide us with music and art lessons."
- Jerome Isaac Friedman
(Related: Art, Music, Financial, Difficulties)

"The exchange program is the thing that reconciles me to all the difficulties of political life."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Life, Difficulties)

"The cause of our difficulties in southeast Asia is not a deficiency of power but an excess of the wrong kind of power which results in a feeling of impotence when it fails to achieve its desired ends."
- J. William Fulbright
(Related: Power, Cause, Difficulties, Excess, Feeling, Results, Wrong)

"The exchange program is the thing that reconciles me to all the difficulties of political life."
- James W. Fulbright
(Related: Life, Difficulties)

"The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities."
- Jose Ortega y Gasset
(Related: Difficulties, Existence, Order)

"Love always brings difficulties, that is true, but the good side of it is that it gives energy."
- Vincent Van Gogh
(Related: Love, Difficulties, Energy)

"As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed."
- Vincent Van Gogh
(Related: Life, Heart, Strength, Difficulties, Fighting)

"I know some people who never have any difficulties to speak of. The moment I understood your premisses, I felt sure you had a real foundation to hold on."
- Asa Gray
(Related: People, Difficulties)

"The former conviction that these two kingdoms were wholly different in structure, in function, and in kind of life, was not seriously disturbed by the difficulties which the naturalist encountered when he undertook to define them."
- Asa Gray
(Related: Life, Conviction, Difficulties)

"Your candor is worth everything to your cause. It is refreshing to find a person with a new theory who frankly confesses that he finds difficulties, insurmountable, at least for the present."
- Asa Gray
(Related: Candor, Cause, Difficulties, Present, Theory, Worth)

"One of the difficulties about interviewing people in Rwanda is that the country is trying to get on with ordinary life and some people just don't want to get involved in this."
- Tony Greig
(Related: Life, People, Country, Difficulties, Trying, Want)

"Americans wanted to settle all our difficulties with Russia and then go to the movies and drink Coke."
- W. Averell Harriman
(Related: Movies, Americans, Difficulties, Russia)

"I'm full of fears and I do my best to avoid difficulties and any kind of complications. I like everything around me to be clear as crystal and completely calm."
- Alfred Hitchcock
(Related: Difficulties)

"Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist."
- Edward W. Howe
(Related: Men, Difficulties)

"I was grateful for the opportunity to make a difference. The political violence really started in 1970-1971. The political difficulties start a little bit beyond that."
- John Hume
(Related: Opportunity, Difference, Difficulties, Violence)

"You can put in all the difficulties, jumps, runs, and any other devilish complexities you like, except octave spans and similar features which do not suit the formation of hands."
- Johann Nepomuk Hummel
(Related: Difficulties)

"A man who dreads trials and difficulties cannot become a revolutionary. If he is to become a revolutionary with an indomitable fighting spirit, he must be tempered in the arduous struggle from his youth. As the saying goes, early training means more than late earning."
- Kim Jong Il
(Related: Difficulties, Fighting, Man, Saying, Spirit, Struggle, Training, Trials, Youth)

"There is no excuse for this administration shielding information about Iraq and the fact that we have great difficulties there from the American people."
- Jay Inslee
(Related: People, American, Difficulties, Fact, Information, Iraq)

"To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Difficulties)

"Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Life, Success, Difficulties, Pleasure, Wishes)

"Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health."
- Carl Jung
(Related: Health, Difficulties, Man, Needs)

"So South Korean ability is very much limited to handle North Korean, you know, difficulties. So we don't want to see an immediate collapse of the North Korea regime."
- Kim Dae Jung
(Related: Ability, Difficulties, Want)

"I think a major cause of present Asian economic difficulties that mainly come from, you know, lack of market economy."
- Kim Dae Jung
(Related: Cause, Difficulties, Economy, Present)

"So if North Korea continues present isolation, then with such economic difficulties the North Korean government must meet a very serious situation in the future."
- Kim Dae Jung
(Related: Government, Difficulties, Future, Isolation, Present)

"Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success."
- Abdul Kalam
(Related: Success, Difficulties, Man, Needs)

"There are the further difficulties of building a population out of a diversity of races, each at a different stage of cultural evolution, some in need of restraint, many in need of protection; everywhere a bewildering Babel of tongues."
- Arthur Keith
(Related: Building, Difficulties, Diversity, Evolution, Population, Protection, Restraint)

"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."
- Helen Keller
(Related: Happiness, Success, Difficulties, Joy, Lies)

"If you really love someone and care about him, you can survive many difficulties."
- Calvin Klein
(Related: Love, Care, Difficulties)

"There is no doubt that I, also, had long been aware of the problem, i.e. producing X-ray interferences, before the inherent difficulties had finally been surmounted."
- Max von Laue
(Related: Difficulties, Doubt)

"The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers."
- Johann Kaspar Lavater
(Related: Difficulties)

"Humor has always been important to me. If there is a shield of faith that you can keep up against difficulties, humor is the Teflon coating."
- Laurel Lee
(Related: Faith, Humor, Difficulties)

"Truth, they say, is but too often in difficulties, but is never finally suppressed."
- Titus Livius
(Related: Truth, Difficulties)

"Many difficulties which nature throws in our way, may be smoothed away by the exercise of intelligence."
- Titus Livius
(Related: Intelligence, Nature, Difficulties, Exercise, May)

"It does not do to use it with forms whose origin is intimately bound up with a specific material simply because no technical difficulties stand in the way."
- Adolf Loos
(Related: Difficulties)

"War is being declared tomorrow here so perhaps you can understand that I have been working under difficulties, but difficulties negligible compared with what others have to go through."
- Malcolm Lowry
(Related: War, Being, Difficulties, Tomorrow)

"I sometimes suspect that half our difficulties are imaginary and that if we kept quiet about them they would disappear."
- Robert Lynd
(Related: Difficulties, Quiet)

"Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Difficulties)

"We have no firm hold on any knowledge or philosophy that can lift us out of our difficulties."
- Anne Sullivan Macy
(Related: Knowledge, Difficulties, Philosophy)

"I cannot explain it; but when difficulties arise, I am not perplexed or doubtful. I know how to meet them."
- Anne Sullivan Macy
(Related: Difficulties)

"It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them."
- Joseph De Maistre
(Related: Difficulties, Man, Pleasure)

"What do you want most to do? That's what I have to keep asking myself, in the face of difficulties."
- Katherine Mansfield
(Related: Difficulties, Want)

"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."
- Peter Marshall
(Related: Life, Difficulties, Pressure)

"The left-leaning thinking that dominates the movie business follows a common liberal instinct to deny the spiritual dimension to every problem, thereby profoundly compounding the difficulties."
- Michael Medved
(Related: Business, Difficulties, Instinct, Liberal, Spiritual, Thinking)

"We're also fairly stubborn, I think, fairly independent. We have our share of difficulties with our federal government, although I've tried to as I am here encourage a better way of discussing those problems."
- Dan Miller
(Related: Government, Difficulties, Problems)

"Commitment and co-operation to overcome barriers and difficulties, and determination to achieve the standards of the EU as well as NATO membership, are and have always been the principal target."
- Alfred Moisiu
(Related: Determination, Commitment, Difficulties)

"Farmers, merchants, manufacturers, and the traveling public have all had their troubles with the transportation lines, and the difficulties to which these struggles have given rise have produced that problem which is even now apparently far from solution."
- John Moody
(Related: Difficulties, Now, Public, Solution, Traveling)

"Consequently many large railroad systems of heavy capitalization bid fair to run into difficulties on the first serious falling off in general business."
- John Moody
(Related: Business, Difficulties, First)

"I do recognise that, where recruitment difficulties persist, teachers can be put under great pressure."
- Estelle Morris
(Related: Difficulties, Pressure, Teachers)

"One of my kids was born in 1968. There were going to be political difficulties, but they were never going to have that level of hatred and contempt that my brothers and my sister and myself were exposed to."
- Toni Morrison
(Related: Sister, Brothers, Contempt, Difficulties, Hatred, Kids)

"My task is becoming more and more delicate, while the difficulties increase constantly."
- Jean Moulin
(Related: Difficulties)

"There are no insuperable constitutional difficulties."
- Lionel K. Murphy
(Related: Difficulties)

"What I do say is, yes, children may be resilient and they have been able to deal with all sorts of difficulties they have faced, but the bottom line is this: I believe very strongly children need a mother and a father in the home."
- Timothy Murphy
(Related: Home, Mother, Father, Children, Difficulties, May)

"Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt."
- John Henry Newman
(Related: Difficulties, Doubt)

"Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties."
- Emil Nolde
(Related: Life, People, Difficulties)

"It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes."
- Louis Pasteur
(Related: Difficulties, Heroes)

"There's always difficulties and challenges in every life, I don't care how much money you make, where you live... and that's something this film speaks to."
- Ryan Phillippe
(Related: Money, Life, Care, Difficulties, Film)

"All the English speakers, or almost all, have difficulties with the gender of words."
- Bernard Pivot
(Related: Difficulties, English, Gender, Words)

"If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all."
- Dan Rather
(Related: Difficulties, Journey)

"The exchangeable value of all commodities, rises as the difficulties of their production increase."
- David Ricardo
(Related: Difficulties, Production, Value)

"There are very few things impossible in themselves; and we do not want means to conquer difficulties so much as application and resolution in the use of means."
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
(Related: Difficulties, Resolution, Want)

"The difficulties you meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed, and light will dawn, and shine with increasing clearness on your path."
- Jim Rohn
(Related: Dawn, Difficulties, Light, Will)

"There may be some difficulties during a period of adjustment. Specifically, picking up their life again and making their own truly independent decisions."
- Rick Ross
(Related: Life, Decisions, Difficulties, May)

"For me, the moral difficulties lie in the continual pressure brought to bear on my friends and immediate family, pressure which is not directed against me personally but which at the same time is all around me."
- Andrei Sakharov
(Related: Time, Family, Lie, Difficulties, Friends, Pressure)

"When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time."
- Saint Francis de Sales
(Related: Time, Difficulties)

"The sound was my greatest concern. There were certain difficulties getting used to the way every musician can hear his or herself, the way each of them relates to the musician in the next seat."
- Esa-Pekka Salonen
(Related: Concern, Difficulties, Sound)

"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Body, Difficulties, Labor, Mind)

"Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all."
- Ernest Shackleton
(Related: Difficulties)

"In youth we run into difficulties. In old age difficulties run into us."
- Beverly Sills
(Related: Age, Difficulties, Old, Youth)

"We all read news stories about the difficulties and tensions that the United States has with our allies and even with coalition partners in Iraq, but we rarely read about the good news."
- Michael K. Simpson
(Related: Difficulties, Iraq, News, states, United)

"The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Life, Success, Battle, Difficulties, Honor, Nothing, Struggle)

"We fear our passage will be attended with difficulties by reason of the great number of passingers which are one hundred and eighty and upwards in number."
- Nathaniel Smith
(Related: Fear, Difficulties, Reason, Will)

"Nowadays young people have great choice of occupations, hobbies, etc, so chess is experiencing difficulties because of the high competition. Now it's hard to make living in chess, so our profession does attract young people."
- Boris Spassky
(Related: People, Chess, Choice, Competition, Difficulties, Hobbies, Living, Now, Occupations, Profession)

"Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties."
- Charles Spurgeon
(Related: Men, Difficulties)

"I always anticipated difficulties in order to avoid scenes."
- Gloria Swanson
(Related: Difficulties, Order)

"Only a great actor finds the difficulties of the actor's art infinite."
- Ellen Terry
(Related: Art, Actor, Difficulties, Infinite)

"The main cause of my difficulties stemmed from the tragedy of my daughter's unsound birth and my inability to face my feelings."
- Gene Tierney
(Related: Daughter, Feelings, Cause, Difficulties, Tragedy)

"Even modern English people are imperious, superior, ridden by class. All of the hypocrisy and the difficulties that are endemic in being British also make it an incredibly fertile place culturally. A brilliant place to live. Sad but true."
- Pete Townshend
(Related: People, Being, Class, Difficulties, English, Hypocrisy)

"When you grow up on film, people sometimes have difficulties accepting the fact that you are growing up. They always imagine you younger."
- Michelle Trachtenberg
(Related: People, Difficulties, Fact, Film, Growing up)

"Your decision to be, have and do something out of ordinary entails facing difficulties that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else."
- Brian Tracy
(Related: Decision, Ability, Difficulties)

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."
- Harry S. Truman
(Related: Difficulties)

"In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements."
- Mao Tse Tung
(Related: Time, Difficulties, Sight)

"A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas; he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas."
- Paul Valery
(Related: Art, Ideas, Difficulties, Man)

"Had the Hebrews not been disturbed in their progress a thousand and more years ago, they would have solved all the great problems of civilization which are being solved now under all the difficulties imposed by the spirit of the Middle Ages."
- Isaac Mayer Wise
(Related: Civilization, Progress, Being, Difficulties, Now, Problems, Spirit, Years)

"At our college we were taught a universal approach to find out about a person: what problems the person has, what difficulties, what personal tendencies and likings."
- Markus Wolf
(Related: College, Difficulties, Problems)

"Because the more you write the more you're aware of the weight of your tradition and the difficulties of the form and the more you have already done that you do not want to do again."
- Tobias Wolff
(Related: Difficulties, Tradition, Want, Weight)

"As a kid I quite fancied the romantic, Bohemian idea of being an artist. I expect I thought I could escape from the difficulties of maths and spelling. Maybe I thought I would avoid the judgement of the establishment."
- Peter Wright
(Related: Thought, Idea, Artist, Being, Difficulties, Romantic, Spelling)

"Europe has found itself confronted with fresh challenges - challenges of a global character, the nature of which is directly connected with changes in the international climate and the difficulties of seeking new models for co-operation."
- Boris Yeltsin
(Related: Nature, Character, Climate, Difficulties, Europe)