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Undertake something that is difficult; it will do you good. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. Ronald E. Osborn,
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In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein, physicist
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The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character. Peter De Vries, novelist
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When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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Real obstacles don't take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze. Barbara Sher, businesswoman
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Difficulties are things that show a person what they are. Epictetus, philosopher
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Out of clutter, find simplicity. Albert Einstein, physicist
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When I hear somebody sigh, 'Life is hard,' I am always tempted to ask, 'Compared to what?' Sydney J. Harris, journalist
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It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. Edmund Hillary, explorer
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A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Winston Churchill, statesman
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When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself. Ryszard Kapuscinski, journalist
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If you can't go over, you must go under. Yiddish Proverbs,
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As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. William Ellery Channing, writer
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Difficulties mastered are opportunities won. Sir Winston Churchill, politician
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Storms make the oak grow deeper roots. George Herbert, poet
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The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
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Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life. Barbara De Angelis, writer
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Into each life some rain must fall, some days be dark and dreary. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
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Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, Blessed are they that morn. C.S. Lewis, novelist
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To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask? Jim Rohn, businessman
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Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician
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An obstacle is something you see when you take your eyes off the goals you are trying to reach. Source Unknown,
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Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. John Quincy Adams, president
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Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce? Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it. Norman Vincent Peale, clergyman
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Press on. Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today. Robert H. Schuller, clergyman
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Every problem has a gift for you in its hands. Richard Bach, novelist
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You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life. Les Brown, motivational speaker
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There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
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There's always free cheese in the mouse traps, but the mice there ain't happy. Source Unknown,
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When you are down and out something always turns up -- and it is usually the noses of your friends. Orson Welles, actor
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Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman
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Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion. B. C. Forbes, journalist
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Don't be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself. Olga Korbut, athlete
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In grave difficulties, and with little hope, the boldest measures are the safest. Livy,
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Thy fate is the common fate of all; Into each life some rain must fall. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
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For every mountain there is a miracle. Robert H. Schuller, clergyman
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To fight fear, act. To increase fear -- wait, put off postpone. Dr. David Schwartz,
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Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust. Zig Ziglar, author
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The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend, as to find a friend worth dying for. Homer, poet
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No matter how bad things get you got to go on living, even if it kills you. Sholom Aleichem, writer
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The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness. Havelock Ellis, psychologist
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Obstacles will look large or small to you according to whether you are large or small. Orison Swett Marden, writer
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Difficulties are stepping stones to success. Source Unknown,
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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, politician
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If we wait until our lives are free from sorrow or difficulty, then we wait forever. And miss the entire point. Dirk Benedict, actor
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When difficulties are overcome they begin blessing. Proverbs,
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The mere fact that you have obstacles to overcome is in your favor... Robert Collier, publisher
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As a man handles his troubles during the day, so he goes to bed at night a General, Captain, or Private. Edward W. Howe,
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Don't be crazy to do a lot of things you can't do . Edward W. Howe,
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Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get it to the mint Don Marquis, poet
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The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. Moli,
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I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them. Boris Pasternak, novelist
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The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest of men have had to serve. Samuel Smiles, author
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A Christian is like a tea bag -- he's not worth much until he's been through some hot water. Source Unknown,
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Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds. Athletes, in times of difficulty, can be important role models. Bill Bradley, politician
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Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it. Neils Bohr,
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A barrier is of ideas, not of things. Mark Caine,
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The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough. Thomas Carlyle, philosopher
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Hardship makes the world obscure. Don Delillo, novelist
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A man does what he must -- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers -- and this is the basis of all human morality. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, president
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Every life has dark tracts and long stretches of somber tint, and no representation is true to fact which dips its pencil only in light, and flings no shadows on the canvas. Alexander Maclaren,
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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, author
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Those who commence deliberately. They plod on. They stick to it. They persevere and finally reap their rewards. Charles E. Popplestone,
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The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later. Confucius, philosopher
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Russia is a part of European culture. Therefore, it is with difficulty that I imagine NATO as an enemy. Vladimir Putin, statesman
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We excuse our sloth under the pretext of difficulty. Quintilian, educator
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The best way out of a difficulty is through it. Will Rogers, actor
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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, writer
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Now the difficulty with those warnings is that they were not specific. Lee H. Hamilton, politician
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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, philosopher
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The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant: a man should not be ruled by them; they are obstacles in his path. Bhagavad Gita, scripture
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You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life. James G. Bilkey,
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Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along too. Lawrence Bixby,
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There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them. Phyllis Bottome, novelist
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People have a natural tendency to flee to the mountains when things get tough. Stuart Briscoe,
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Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty, God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil. Epictetus, philosopher
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The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse. Helen Keller, author
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Trouble is the next best thing to enjoyment. There is no fate in the world so horrible as to have no share in either its joys or sorrows. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
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We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve. Maxwell Maltz, scientist
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It cannot be too often repeated that it is not helps, but obstacles, not facilities, but difficulties that make men. William Mathews,
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Hardship and opposition are the native soil of manhood and self-reliance. John Neil,
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When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word succeed, you find that it simply means to follow through. F. W. Nichol,
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All things are difficult before they are easy. John Norley,
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You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call Failure is not the falling down, but the staying down. Mary Pickford, actress
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We have inherited new difficulties because we have inherited more privileges. Abram Sacher,
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Life's up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want. Marsha Sinetar, writer
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Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties. C. H. (Charles Haddon) Spurgeon,
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There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. Terence (Publius Terentius Afer),
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When you are in the valley, keep your goal firmly in view and you will get the renewed energy to continue the climb. Denis Waitley, motivational speaker
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Bumps are the things we climb on. Warren Wiersbe,
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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, writer
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Rocket science has been mythologized all out of proportion to its true difficulty. John Carmack, scientist
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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, politician
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Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargain for. Stanislaus I, royalty
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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, writer
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The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, statesman
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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, poet
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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, poet
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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, artist
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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, scientist
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I have always believed that I should have had no difficulty in causing my rights to be respected. Eli Whitney, inventor
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The greatest obstacle to progress is prejudice. Bavee,
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The obstacles you face are... mental barriers which can be broken by adopting a more positive approach. Clarence Blasier,
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As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before. Jean De La Bruyere, philosopher
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It is not necessary to hope in order to undertake, nor to succeed in order to persevere. Charles The Bold,
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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 worrying about are of no importance whatsoever... Isak Dinesen, writer
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People need trouble -- a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. Artists do; I don't mean you need to live in a rat hole or gutter, but you have to learn fortitude, endurance. Only vegetables are happy. William Faulkner,
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He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles. Harry Emerson Fosdick, clergyman
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Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain. Kahlil Gibran, artist
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As in nature, as in art, so in grace; it is rough treatment that gives souls, as well as stones, their luster. The more the diamond is cut the brighter it sparkles; and in what seems hard dealing, there God has no end in view but to perfect His people. Thomas Guthrie, clergyman
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I think my biggest achievement is that after going through a rather difficult time, I consider myself comparatively sane. I'm proud of that. Jacqueline KennedyOnassis,
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It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes. Louis Kossuth,
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Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight. Orison Swett Marden, writer
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When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time. Orison Swett Marden, writer
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Life isn't meant to be easy. It's hard to take being on the top -- or on the bottom. I guess I'm something of a fatalist. You have to have a sense of history, I think, to survive some of these things. Life is one crisis after another. Richard Milhous Nixon, president
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The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities. Jos,
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Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have. Norman Vincent Peale, clergyman
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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, author
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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, author
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It is not ease but effort, not facility but difficult, that makes man. There is perhaps no station in life in which difficulties do not have to be encountered and overcome before any decided means of success can be achieved. Samuel Smiles, author
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Bear the inevitable with dignity. Streckfuss,
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Stand still... and refuse to retreat. Look at it as God looks at it and draw upon His power to hold up under the blast. Charles Swindoll,
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If things are natural, they're easy. If they're unnatural they're difficult. I have never met a man who found it difficult to marry, but I have never found a man who found it easy to divorce either. Source Unknown,
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Triumphs without difficulties are empty. Indeed; it is difficulties that make the triumph. It is no feat to travel the smooth road. Source Unknown,
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Defeat may test you; it need not stop you. If at first you don't succeed, try another way. For every obstacle there is a solution. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. The greatest mistake is giving up. Source Unknown,
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What is difficulty? Only a word indicating the degree of effort required to accomplish something! A mere notice of the necessity for exertion; a scarecrow to children and fools and a stimulus to real men. Samuel Warren,
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It is a good rule to face difficulties at the time they arise and not allow them to increase unacknowledged. Edward W. Ziegler,
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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, journalist
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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. Shakira, musician
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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,
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I have absolutely no difficulty myself with the playing of God Save the Queen in the presence of Her Majesty. John Howard, statesman
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People that go through what I went through and people going through divorce, it's really a difficulty process; it's heartbreaking and it hurts really bad. It can really mess with your head. David Arquette, actor
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It's not just we Italians who are caught up in the difficulty. Giorgio Napolitano, politician
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Mistakes, after all, are endemic to foreign and military policy given the unpredictability of events and the difficulty of securing reliable information in a place like Iraq. Eric Alterman, writer
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Spain is facing an economic situation of extreme difficulty, I repeat, of extreme difficulty, and anyone who doesn't understand that is fooling themselves. Mariano Rajoy, politician
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My approach to gymnastics in Beijing was heavily based on the amount of difficulty I could do. Shawn Johnson, athlete
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It seems that the greatest difficulty is to find the end. Don't try to find it, it's there already. Sofia Coppola, director
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The women are stepping up their degree of difficulty more than the men. A lot of us do the same dives as the men now. Laura Wilkinson, athlete
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Rock Band is more like Stairmaster than it is like rock 'n' roll - it's the same steps with different degrees of difficulty. Carrie Brownstein, musician
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Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts. Edward R. Murrow, journalist
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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, president
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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, president
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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, writer
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In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. James Madison, president
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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, artist
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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, author
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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, president
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