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[ Also see Adversity Complexity Hardship Impossibility Obstacles Problems Simplicity Trials Trouble ]

Men might as well have hunted an hare with a tabre.
      - Unattributed Author, Richard the Redeles

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.
      - Isaac Asimov

Difficulty excites the mind to the dignity which sustains and finally conquers misfortunes, and the ordeal refines while it chastens.
      - James H. Aughey

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

Half the spiritual difficulties that men and women suffer arise from a morbid state of health.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XXIII, v. 24)

Difficulties, by bracing the mind to overcome them, assist cheerfulness, as exercise assists digestion.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Difficulty i5 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.
      - Edmund Burke

How strangely easy difficult things are!
      - Charles Buxton

The three things most difficult are--to keep a secret, to forget an injury, and to make good use of leisure.
      - Chilo of Sparta (Chilon)

Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.
      - Isak Dinesen (pseudonym of Karen Blixen)

Difficulties exist to be surmounted.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom is not found with those who dwell at their ease; rather nature, when she adds brain, adds difficulty.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Difficulties are things that show what men are.
      - Epictetus

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
      - Epicurus

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
      - Henry Ford

Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them.
  [Ger., Die grossten Schwierigkeiten liegen da, wo wir sie nicht suchen.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Prosa (p. 236)

Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it is awfully hard to get it back in.
      - H.R. Haldeman, on the Watergate affair

Our energy is in proportion to the resistance it meets. We can attempt nothing great but from a sense of the difficulties we have to encounter; we can persevere in nothing great but from a pride in overcoming them.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

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.
      - Aaron Hill

Life is short, and Art long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous, and decision difficult.
      - Hippocrates of Iphicrates, Aphorism (i)

The illustration which solves one difficulty by raising another, settles nothing.
  [Lat., Nil agit exemplum, litem quod lite resolvit.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires
         (II, 3, 103)

A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.
      - Thomas Henry Huxley

There is such a choice of difficulties, that I own myself at a loss how to determine.
      - William James

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