Quotes and Sayings about Difficulty
"But the gravest difficulty, and perhaps the most important, in poetry meant solely for recitation, is the difficulty of achieving verbal beauty, or rather of making verbal beauty tell."
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Related: Beauty, Poetry, Difficulty)
"The difficulty is capturing surprise on film."
- F. Murray Abraham
(Related: Difficulty, Film)
"The difficulty with this conversation is that it's very different from most of the ones I've had of late. Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees."
- Douglas Adams
(Related: Conversation, Difficulty, Trees)
"The difficulty with becoming a patient is that as soon as you get horizontal, part of your being yearns, not for a doctor, but for a medicine man."
- Shana Alexander
(Related: Being, Difficulty, Man, Medicine)
"Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Difficulty, Joy, Liberty)
"They must therefore not spoil Alexander's undertaking, especially when they were almost at the close of their toils, and were, moreover, no longer in any difficulty about provisions on their coasting cruise."
"After saying yes to Turkey, the EU is having difficulty finding clear and consistent grounds for saying no to other, still more remote candidates - but being in the general vicinity of Europe does seem to be a continuing requirement."
- Timothy Garton Ash
(Related: Being, Difficulty, Europe, Saying, Turkey)
"It's the difficulty we had with Mr. Bean, actually, when it went from TV to film. You certainly discover that you need to explain more about a character."
- Rowan Atkinson
(Related: Character, Difficulty, Film)
"Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood."
- Saint Aurelius Augustine
(Related: Being, Company, Destruction, Difficulty, First, May, Post, Wood)
"The accumulation of skill and science which has been directed to diminish the difficulty of producing manufactured goods, has not been beneficial to that country alone in which it is concentrated; distant kingdoms have participated in its advantages."
- Charles Babbage
(Related: Science, Country, Difficulty, Skill)
"Many foster children have had difficulty making the transition to independent living. Several are homeless, become single parents, commit crimes, or live in poverty. They are also frequent targets of crime."
- Charles Foster Bass
(Related: Children, Crime, Difficulty, Living, Parents, Poverty)
"A major difficulty is that the answer to the Riddle of the Sphinx is partly a product of the answers that we already have given to the riddle in its various forms."
- Gregory Bateson
(Related: Answers, Difficulty)
"Deep down, no one really believes they have a right to live. But this death sentence generally stays tucked away, hidden beneath the difficulty of living. If that difficulty is removed from time to time, death is suddenly there, unintelligibly."
- Jean Baudrillard
(Related: Death, Time, Deep, Difficulty, Living, Right)
"Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory."
- Thomas Beecham
(Related: Music, Difficulty, Memory)
"I know it's more five-star now than it was then, but it's still a difficult tour. In the same way as India and Pakistan players find it difficult coming to Australia. People sometimes have difficulty believing that."
- Richie Benaud
(Related: People, Difficulty, Now)
"If we wait until our lives are free from sorrow or difficulty, then we wait forever. And miss the entire point."
- Dirk Benedict
(Related: Difficulty, Sorrow)
"Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty."
- William Bennett
(Related: Challenge, Difficulty, Trying, Will)
"The human imagination... has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialist practice or philosophy. It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open."
- John Berger
(Related: Dreams, Imagination, Difficulty, Living, Open, Philosophy, Practice)
"The Occultists, however, know that the traditions of Esoteric Philosophy must be the right ones, simply because they are the most logical, and reconcile every difficulty."
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Related: Difficulty, Philosophy, Right, Traditions)
"The chief difficulty which prevents men of science from believing in divine as well as in nature Spirits is their materialism."
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Related: Men, Nature, Science, Difficulty, Materialism, Spirits)
"Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it."
- Niels Bohr
(Related: Change, Deep, Difficulty, Order, Solution, Thinking)
"Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds. Athletes, in times of difficulty, can be important role models."
- Bill Bradley
(Related: Sports, Athletes, Difficulty, Metaphor, Obstacles, Overcoming)
"Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness - a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster - children into strength and athletic proportion."
- William C. Bryant
(Related: Greatness, Strength, Children, Difficulty)
"Given the difficulty of resisting such temptations over the longer run, a proper concern for the welfare of congressional souls may well be the ultimate argument in favor of term limitations."
- James L. Buckley
(Related: Argument, Concern, Difficulty, Limitations, May, Temptations, Welfare)
"With European powers no new subjects of difficulty have arisen, and those which were under discussion, although not terminated, do not present a more unfavorable aspect for the future preservation of that good understanding which it has ever been our desire to cultivate."
- Martin Van Buren
(Related: Desire, Difficulty, Future, Present, Understanding)
"Rocket science has been mythologized all out of proportion to its true difficulty."
- John Carmack
(Related: Science, Difficulty)
"Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune."
(Related: Wife, Friend, Adversity, Difficulty, Duty, Misfortune)
"Somebody who was born in this country who visited China would later face difficulty getting back in to the USA. We have to keep in mind that the struggles of the Chinese against these exclusion laws really laid down the foundations of civil rights law."
- Iris Chang
(Related: Civil rights, Country, Difficulty, Law, Laws, Mind)
"I know my own soul, how feeble and puny it is: I know the magnitude of this ministry, and the great difficulty of the work; for more stormy billows vex the soul of the priest than the gales which disturb the sea."
- John Chrysostom
(Related: Work, Soul, Difficulty, Sea)
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Opportunity, Difficulty)
"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
- Winston Churchill
(Related: Opportunity, Difficulty)
"The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Difficulty, Glory)
"The best way to avoid a bad action is by doing a good one, for there is no difficulty in the world like that of trying to do nothing."
- John Clare
(Related: Action, Difficulty, Nothing, Trying, World)
"The problem to solve is, whether a single or a double government would be most advantageous; and, in considering that point, I am met by this difficulty - that I cannot see that the present form of government is a double government at all."
- Richard Cobden
(Related: Government, Difficulty, Present)
"It is a high patriotic duty that we support and sustain the men who have been placed in position of difficulty, burden, responsibility, and even danger as the result of our suffrages."
- Bainbridge Colby
(Related: Men, Burden, Danger, Difficulty, Duty, Responsibility, Result, Support)
"Perpetual pushing and assurance put a difficulty out of countenance and make a seeming difficulty gives way."
- Jeremy Collier
"Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease."
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Related: Admiration, Difficulty, Will, Writing)
"The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later."
(Related: Success, Difficulty, First, Interest, Man)
"It seems that the greatest difficulty is to find the end. Don't try to find it, it's there already."
- Tom Cora
(Related: Difficulty, End)
"Sometimes I write notes that I have difficulty singing."
- Elvis Costello
(Related: Difficulty, Singing)
"Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty."
- Edgar Degas
(Related: Talent, Difficulty)
"Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it."
- Rene Descartes
"The fundamental laws necessary for the mathematical treatment of a large part of physics and the whole of chemistry are thus completely known, and the difficulty lies only in the fact that application of these laws leads to equations that are too complex to be solved."
- Paul Dirac
(Related: Difficulty, Fact, Laws, Lies, Physics, Treatment)
"But the basic difficulty still remains: It is the expansion of Federal power, about which I wish to express my alarm. How easily we embrace such business."
- Everett Dirksen
(Related: Business, Power, Difficulty)
"On the basis of the familiar experience that that which is learned with difficulty is better retained, it would have been safe to prophesy such an effect from the greater number of repetitions."
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Related: Experience, Difficulty, Effect)
"For example, in painting the form arises from abstract elements of line and color, while in cinema the material concreteness of the image within the frame presents - as an element - the greatest difficulty in manipulation."
- Sergei Eisenstein
(Related: Cinema, Difficulty, Example, Manipulation, Painting)
"I am continually fascinated at the difficulty intelligent people have in distinguishing what is controversial from what is merely offensive."
- Nora Ephron
(Related: People, Difficulty)
"The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests."
(Related: Difficulty, Gain, Glory, Reputation, Storms)
"The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it."
(Related: Difficulty, Glory)
"And from the first time I picked up a basketball at age eight - I had a lot of difficulty when I first picked up a basketball, because I was a scrub - there were things that I liked about it."
- Julius Erving
(Related: Age, Time, Basketball, Difficulty, First)
"Sometimes my mother had difficulty communicating with me about certain topics."
- Gloria Estefan
(Related: Mother, Difficulty)
"Little Sparta is a garden in the traditional sense. It is perhaps not like other modern gardens, but I think that other times would have had no difficulty with it."
- Ian Hamilton Finlay
(Related: Difficulty, Garden, Gardens, Sense)
"And I really do think that the difficulty of research makes it more real to you than punching a thing to find out how many men were killed at this particular action."
- Shelby Foote
(Related: Men, Action, Difficulty, Research)
"Whatever the medium, there is the difficulty, challenge, fascination and often productive clumsiness of learning a new method: the wonderful puzzles and problems of translating with new materials."
- Helen Frankenthaler
(Related: Challenge, Difficulty, Learning, Problems)
"I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool, which is a matter of no small difficulty."
- James A. Garfield
(Related: Difficulty, Fool, Radical, Trying)
"This is the problem for which revolutionary theory has yet to find the right solution, if there is one. The difficulty is that the economic interests of the two classes are antagonistic."
- Garet Garrett
(Related: Difficulty, Right, Solution, Theory)
"It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle."
- Andre Gide
(Related: People, Difficulty)
"In terms of the character itself, I can't really say that I find anything really difficult. I enjoy the character so much I don't perceive difficulty in trying to be him. It's just a matter of how do we get there."
- Ron Glass
(Related: Character, Difficulty, Trying)
"The best opinion now is, that there are multitudinous forms which are not sufficiently differentiated to be distinctively either plant or animal, while, as respects ordinary plants and animals, the difficulty of laying down a definition has become far greater than ever before."
- Asa Gray
(Related: Animals, Difficulty, Now, Opinion, Plants)
"The difficulty, the ordeal, is to start."
- Zane Grey
"In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself."
- Alexander Hamilton
(Related: Government, Men, Control, Difficulty, First, Lies)
"Now the difficulty with those warnings is that they were not specific."
- Lee H. Hamilton
(Related: Difficulty, Now)
"Some people carry their hearts in their heads; very many carry their heads in their hearts. The difficulty is to keep them apart, yet both actively working together."
- Augustus Hare
(Related: People, Difficulty)
"I have no difficulty with the recognition of civil unions for non-traditional relationships but I believe in law we should protect the traditional definition of marriage."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: Marriage, Difficulty, Law, Relationships)
"I am, really, a great writer; my only difficulty is in finding great readers."
- Frank Harris
(Related: Difficulty, Writer)
"If most people are not willing to see the difficulty, this is mainly because, consciously or unconsciously, they assume that it will be they who will settle these questions for the others, and because they are convinced of their own capacity to do this."
- Friedrich August von Hayek
(Related: People, Difficulty, Questions, Will)
"Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity."
- William Hazlitt
(Related: Absence, Difficulty, Grace, Hesitation, Pain)
"The Western poet and writer of romance has exactly the same kind of difficulty in comprehending Eastern subjects as you have in comprehending Western subjects."
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Related: Romance, Difficulty, Writer)
"The solution of the difficulty is that the two mental pictures which experiment lead us to form - the one of the particles, the other of the waves - are both incomplete and have only the validity of analogies which are accurate only in limiting cases."
- Werner Heisenberg
(Related: Difficulty, Solution, Validity)
"I suppose that every time there is difficulty. I remember about Space Mountain: It took us ten years before we found the technology that would allow such a ride. And during these ten years, I had a model that I kept, waiting for the technology we needed."
- John Hench
(Related: Technology, Time, Difficulty, Space, Waiting, Years)
"But whatever the POV, and the difficulty of forcing the action into a particular frame, stay within it."
- Arthur Herzog
(Related: Action, Difficulty)
"An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head."
- Eric Hoffer
"The difficulty is not that great to die for a friend, the hard part is finding a friend worth dying for."
- Henry Home
(Related: Friend, Difficulty, Dying, Worth)
"The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend, as to find a friend worth dying for."
(Related: Friend, Difficulty, Dying, Worth)
"I have absolutely no difficulty myself with the playing of God Save the Queen in the presence of Her Majesty."
- John Howard
(Related: God, Difficulty, Queen)
"The difficulty about all this dying, is that you can't tell a fellow anything about it, so where does the fun come in?"
- Alice James
(Related: Difficulty, Dying, Fun)
"A friend is long sought, hardly found, and with difficulty kept."
- St. Jerome
(Related: Friend, Difficulty)
"Let there be no illusions about the difficulty of forming this kind of a national community. It's tough, difficult, not easy. But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny."
- Barbara Jordan
(Related: America, Community, Destiny, Difficulty, Harmony, Spirit, Will)
"It is fatal for any body of workers to have forever hanging from the fringes of its skirts other bodies on a level just below its own; for that means continual pressure downward, additional difficulty to be overcome in the struggle to maintain reasonable rates of wages."
- Florence Kelley
(Related: Body, Difficulty, Pressure, Struggle, Wages, Workers)
"The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital... the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Growth, Strength, Decisions, Difficulty, Economy, Tax, Investment, Potential, Risk)
"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones."
- John Maynard Keynes
(Related: Ideas, Difficulty, Lies, Old)
"I try to deal with the complexities of power and social life, but as far as the visual presentation goes I purposely avoid a high degree of difficulty."
- Barbara Kruger
(Related: Power, Life, Difficulty)
"I think the biggest difficulty is that when I'm here in America, there's a necessity of using English, so I really have a great sense of really wanting to learn, but unfortunately when I head back to Japan, the necessity vanishes and so does my enthusiasm about learning."
- Chiaki Kuriyama
(Related: Enthusiasm, America, Difficulty, English, Learning, Necessity, Sense)
"A system of education, which would not gratify this disposition in any party, is requisite, in order to obviate the difficulty, and the reader will find a something said to that purpose in perusing this tract."
- Joseph Lancaster
(Related: Education, Purpose, Difficulty, Order, Party, Will)
"The complaint of bad pay, and difficulty in obtaining it, is almost generally reiterated through every department of education."
- Joseph Lancaster
(Related: Education, Complaint, Difficulty)
"Owing to the difficulty of dealing with substances of high molecular weight we are still a long way from having determined the chemical characteristics and the constitution of proteins, which are regarded as the principal con-stituents of living organisms."
- Karl Landsteiner
(Related: Constitution, Difficulty, Living, Weight)
"I think one ages and one dates. I tend to have a good deal of difficulty in liking some of the new poets."
- James Laughlin
(Related: Difficulty, Poets)
"By no means do I anticipate screening those who come on to campus... And I have no difficulty if a bishop across the country or some local pastor may say that's not Catholic teaching - that's fine."
- William P. Leahy
(Related: Country, Difficulty, May, Teaching)
"Men were only made into "men" with great difficulty even in primitive society: the male is not naturally "a man" any more than the woman. He has to be propped up into that position with some ingenuity, and is always likely to collapse."
- Wyndham Lewis
(Related: Men, Difficulty, Woman)
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Act, Difficulty, Past, Present, Quiet)
"The hypothesis of surviving intelligence and personality - not only surviving but anxious and able with difficulty to communicate - is the simplest and most straightforward and the only one that fits all the facts."
- Oliver Joseph Lodge
(Related: Intelligence, Difficulty, Facts, Personality)
"Coming out involves varying degrees of difficulty that are affected by class, race, religion, and geography."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Religion, Class, Difficulty, Geography, Race)
"We're under the Arts Council under the Minister for the Arts. The Minister for the Arts and the Minister for Industrial Development have great difficulty in agreeing over who should fund what in terms of film."
- Ann Macbeth
(Related: Development, Difficulty, Film)
"Where there is no choice, we do well to make no difficulty."
- George MacDonald
(Related: Choice, Difficulty)
"God will not permit any troubles to come upon us, unless He has a specific plan by which great blessing can come out of the difficulty."
- Peter Marshall
(Related: God, Difficulty, Will)
"What parent has it easy? I just never make the difficulty of it an obstacle. I just do it."
- Marlee Matlin
"The difficulty in life is the choice."
- George A. Moore
(Related: Life, Choice, Difficulty)
"I remember the difficulty we had in the beginning replacing magnetic cores in memories and eventually we had both cost and performance advantages. But it wasn't at all clear in the beginning."
- Gordon Moore
(Related: Performance, Beginning, Difficulty, Memories)
"No problem can be solved until it is reduced to some simple form. The changing of a vague difficulty into a specific, concrete form is a very essential element in thinking."
- J. P. Morgan
(Related: Difficulty, Thinking)
"The sense organs experience the external light, sound, etc. with difficulty; the different sense organs only have a so-called specific receptivity for particular stimuli."
- Johannes P. Muller
(Related: Experience, Difficulty, Light, Sense, Sound)
"Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts."
- Edward R. Murrow
(Related: History, Difficulty)
"As to the war, while it is always thought rash to have any strong military convictions, I have always believed that if they would go straight to Sebastopol early in the season they would take it with little difficulty."
- Francis W. Newman
(Related: War, Thought, Difficulty, Military)
"I used to find great difficulty in drawing feet."
- Ida Rentoul Outhwaite
(Related: Difficulty, Feet)
"I really worked to try and be creative enough on the guitar parts so those who aren't real educated would know that there was some difficulty in doing it."
- Brad Paisley
(Related: Difficulty, Guitar)
"Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy."
- Pope Paul VI
(Related: Society, Difficulty, Joy, Pleasure)
"One would think that in writing about literary men and matters there would be no difficulty in finding a title for one's essay, or that any embarrassment which might arise would be from excess of material. I find this, however, far from being the case."
- James Payn
(Related: Men, Being, Difficulty, Embarrassment, Excess, Literary, Writing)
"The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior."
- M. Scott Peck
(Related: Behavior, Consequences, Desire, Difficulty, Lies, Pain, Responsibility)
"You have very accurately described the difficulty of presenting my books on film: many of my characters are alone most of the time, and when they do talk, what they say is mostly lies. That can make for a pretty confusing film."
- Thomas Perry
(Related: Time, Books, Difficulty, Film, Lies, Pretty, Talk)
"Owing to the difficulty of obtaining horses, Mr. Henry returns from this place. In descending the Mississippi I will request him to pay his respects to you."
- Zebulon Pike
(Related: Difficulty, Horses, Will)
"Perhaps, to the uninformed, it may appear unaccountable that a man should be able to retain in his memory such a variety of learning; but the close alliance with each other, of the different branches of science, will explain the difficulty."
- Marcus V. Pollio
(Related: Science, Alliance, Difficulty, Learning, Man, May, Memory, Variety, Will)
"Almost any difficulty will move in the face of honesty. When I am honest I never feel stupid. And when I am honest I am automatically humble."
- Hugh Prather
(Related: Honesty, Difficulty, Will)
"I write for somebody who has my own limitations. My reader has a certain difficulty with concentrating, which in my case comes from being a film viewer."
- Manuel Puig
(Related: Being, Difficulty, Film, Limitations)
"Russia is a part of European culture. Therefore, it is with difficulty that I imagine NATO as an enemy."
- Vladimir Putin
(Related: Culture, Difficulty, Enemy, Russia)
"We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty."
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian
"I have a great deal of difficulty with those who live in a hugely prosperous country telling people in the developing world that they should be deprived of a critical source of energy."
- Lee R. Raymond
(Related: People, Country, Difficulty, Energy, World)
"I'm sure that you could go back and make a graph showing that all the killings of black males increased in times of economic difficulty. As a matter of fact, a black man was lynched last year."
- Ishmael Reed
(Related: Difficulty, Fact, Man)
"Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty."
- Anne Rice
(Related: Difficulty, Evil, Goodness)
"I can't recall any difficulty in making the C language definition completely open - any discussion on the matter tended to mention languages whose inventors tried to keep tight control, and consequent ill fate."
- Dennis Ritchie
(Related: Control, Difficulty, Fate, Language, Open)
"Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character."
- Tony Robbins
(Related: Character, Difficulty)
"The best way out of a difficulty is through it."
- Will Rogers
"What we're seeing early on is Democrats rallying around Al Gore, Republicans rallying around George Bush and the difficulty of anybody else to get any room in the race."
- Stuart Rothenberg
(Related: Democrats, Difficulty, Race, Republicans)
"The difficulty for Mr. Obama will be when the public sees where his decisions lead - higher inflation, higher interest rates, higher taxes, sluggish growth, and a jobless recovery."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Growth, Decisions, Difficulty, Inflation, Interest, Public, Taxes, Will)
"A lot of these industries are having difficulty finding reliable workers with the skills they require."
- Jerry Rubin
(Related: Difficulty, Workers)
"The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas."
- George Santayana
(Related: Education, Experience, Ideas, Difficulty)
"A prince who will not undergo the difficulty of understanding must undergo the danger of trusting."
- George Savile
(Related: Danger, Difficulty, Understanding, Will)
"The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Time, Difficulty)
"The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Difficulty, Mind)
"But that the reasoning from these facts, the drawing from them correct conclusions, is a matter of great difficulty, may be inferred from the imperfect state in which the Science is now found after it has been so long and so intensely studied."
- Nassau William Senior
(Related: Science, Difficulty, Facts, May, Now, State)
"My team and I have reunited two elements that coexist with difficulty: respect and affection, because when they love you they don't respect you and when they respect you they don't love you."
(Related: Love, Affection, Respect)
"The difficulty of IVF or of any fertility issues is the hope and the shattered hope, the dream that it might happen this time and then it doesn't happen."
- Brooke Shields
(Related: Time, Dream, Hope, Difficulty)
"The work of many of the greatest men, inspired by duty, has been done amidst suffering and trial and difficulty. They have struggled against the tide, and reached the shore exhausted."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Work, Men, Difficulty, Duty, Suffering)
"The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest of men have had to serve."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Men, Difficulty)
"The very greatest things - great thoughts, discoveries, inventions - have usually been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty."
- Samuel Smiles
(Related: Thoughts, Difficulty, Hardship, Inventions, Sorrow)
"It's often difficult for us to act compassionately, but sacred art eases the difficulty by ennobling us."
- Huston Smith
(Related: Art, Act, Difficulty)
"The greatest difficulty with the world is not its ability to produce, but the unwillingness to share."
- Roy L. Smith
(Related: Ability, Difficulty, World)
"In that sense, film is superior, but the difficulty is your lack of control as a writer."
- Terry Southern
(Related: Control, Difficulty, Film, Sense, Writer)
"Men govern nothing with more difficulty than their tongues, and can moderate their desires more than their words."
- Baruch Spinoza
(Related: Men, Difficulty, Nothing, Words)
"Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargain for."
- Stanislaus I
(Related: Courage, Bargain, Difficulty)
"An insuperable obstacle to rapid transit in Africa is the want of carriers, and as speed was the main object of the Expedition under my command, my duty was to lessen this difficulty as much as possible."
- Henry Morton Stanley
(Related: Difficulty, Duty, Want)
"The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Difficulty, Literature)
"As I noted in my Nobel lecture, an early insight in my work on the economics of information concerned the problem of appropriability - the difficulty that those who pay for information have in getting returns."
- Joseph E. Stiglitz
(Related: Work, Difficulty, Economics, Information)
"We debated long over the situation for it is a very difficult question and all of us recognize its difficulty."
- Henry L. Stimson
(Related: Difficulty, Question)
"Because of the tension and difficulty, I remember trying to do the silliest things when we weren't rolling cameras, anything to lift the spirits. But once on set, it was important to have full concentration."
- Madeleine Stowe
(Related: Difficulty, Spirits, Tension, Trying)
"In regard to education, something has been done by the Provincial Legislature; but to build churches, and to place clergymen is a work of greater difficulty."
- John Strachan
(Related: Work, Education, Churches, Difficulty)
"The fuss that actors began making about the difficulty of shifting to sound struck me as perfectly foolish."
- Gloria Swanson
(Related: Actors, Difficulty, Sound)
"Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on."
- Rabindranath Tagore
(Related: Difficulty, Will)
"Many have argued that a vacuum does not exist, others claim it exists only with difficulty in spite of the repugnance of nature; I know of no one who claims it easily exists without any resistance from nature."
- Evangelista Torricelli
(Related: Nature, Difficulty)
"A man's love, till it has been chastened and fastened by the feeling of duty which marriage brings with it, is instigated mainly by the difficulty of pursuit."
- Anthony Trollope
(Related: Marriage, Love, Difficulty, Duty, Feeling, Man, Pursuit)
"To know yet to think that one does not know is best; Not to know yet to think that one knows will lead to difficulty."
- Lao Tzu
(Related: Difficulty, Will)
"The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character."
- Peter De Vries
(Related: Love, Marriage, Character, Difficulty, Personality)
"The difficulty with the present state of affairs is that there is no legislation on the sources of funding for the Polish film industry. There is no legislation concerning filmmaking. And, there is no legislation on television that would be beneficial to filmmaking."
- Andrzej Wajda
(Related: Difficulty, Film, Legislation, Present, State, Television)
"The difficulty of writing a good theatre play set in new reality was even greater given that the level of similitude to life that is allowed in a film would not work on the stage."
- Andrzej Wajda
(Related: Life, Work, Difficulty, Film, Play, Reality, Theatre, Writing)
"The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible."
- Alan Watts
(Related: God, Idea, Difficulty, Old, World)
"Of course, we also have the responsibility to win games and the difficulty in the job is to combine both."
- Arsene Wenger
(Related: Difficulty, Games, Job, Responsibility)
"I have always believed that I should have had no difficulty in causing my rights to be respected."
- Eli Whitney
(Related: Difficulty, Rights)
"I should point out, however, that at first some difficulty was experienced in observing the phenomena predicted by the theory, owing to the extreme smallness of the variations in the period of oscillation."
- Pieter Zeeman
(Related: Difficulty, Extreme, First, Theory)