Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.
— Anthony Robbins

He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
— John Dryden

It is part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate -- to surmount every difficulty by resolution and contrivance.
— surmounting quotation by Thomas Jefferson