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

Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Rasselas (ch. XIII)

It is the surmounting of difficulties that makes heroes.
      - Louis Kossuth

Out of difficulties grow miracles.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise high with the occasion.
      - Abraham Lincoln

Every noble acquisition is attended with its risks; he who fears to encounter the one must not expect to obtain the other.
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro)

Fortune is the best school of courage when she is fraught with anger, in the same way as winds and tempests are the school of the sailorboy.
      - Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro)

In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.
      - Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

So he with difficulty and labor hard
  Mov'd on, with difficulty and labor be.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 1,021)

The more powerful the obstacle, the more glory we have in overcoming it; and the difficulties with which we are met are the maids of honor which set off virtue.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

I attempt a difficult work; but there is no excellence without difficulty.
  [Lat., Ardua molimur; sed nulla nisi ardua virtus.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (II, 537)

Accustom yourself to master and overcome things of difficulty; for if you observe, the left hand for want of practice is insignificant, and not adapted to general business; yet it holds the bridle better than the right, from constant use.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

Hath fortune dealt thee ill cards? let wisdom make thee a good gamester. In a fair gale, every fool may sail, but wise behavior in a storm commends the wisdom of a pilot; to bear adversity with an equal mind is both the sign and glory of a brave spirit.
      - Francis Quarles

To bear adversity with an equal mind is both the sign and glory of a brave spirit.
      - Francis Quarles

In a dark time, the eye begins to see.
      - Theodore Roethke

The wise and active conquer difficulties
  By daring to attempt them: sloth and folly
    Shiver and shrink at sight of toil and hazard,
      And make the impossibility they fear.
      - Nicholas Rowe

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as well as labor does the body.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

It is as hard to come, as for a camel to thread the postern of a needle's eye.
      - William Shakespeare

The better sort,
  As thoughts of things divine, are intermixed
    With scruples, and do set the word itself
      Against the word:
        As thus, 'Come, little one,' and then again,
          'It is as hard to come as for a camel
            To thread the postern of a small needle's eye.'
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (King Richard at V, v)

It is difficulties which give birth to miracles.
      - James Sharp

It is not every calamity that is a curse, and early adversity is often a blessing. Perhaps Madame de Maintenon would never have mounted a throne had not her cradle been rocked in a prison. Surmounted obstacles not only teach, but hearten us in our future struggles; for virtue must be learnt, though, unfortunately, some of the vices come as it were by inspiration.
      - James Sharp

Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking.
  [Lat., Nil tam difficile quin quaerendo investigari possiet.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer),
        Heauton timoroumenos (IV, 2, 8)

There is nothing so easy in itself but grows difficult when it is performed against one's will.
  [Lat., Nulla est tam facilis res, quin difficilis siet,
    Quum invitus facias.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer),
        Heauton timoroumenos (IV, 6, 1)

It's difficult to drain the swamp when you're up to your ass in alligators.
      - Unknown

There are few difficulties that hold out against real attacks; they fly, like the visible horizon, before those who advance.
      - Unknown

What is difficulty? Only a word indicating the degree of strength requisite for accomplishing particular objects; a mere notice of the necessity for exertion; a bugbear to children and fools; only a mere stimulus to men.
      - Samuel Warren

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