Difficulty Quotes

Rocket science has been mythologized all out of proportion to its true difficulty.

John Carmack

I am, really, a great writer; my only difficulty is in finding great readers.

Frank Harris

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

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

Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty.

Anne Rice

Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.

Edgar Degas

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

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

This has only succeeded in buying time against an increasingly dangerous threat. The difficulty in destroying this threat lies in the fact that our efforts will not be enough to overcome the fundamental causes of the phenomenon -- poverty, alienation, disaffection and ethnic hatreds deeply rooted in history.

George Tenet

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


The value of statuary is owing to its difficulty. You would not value the finest head cut upon a carrot.

Samuel Johnson

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

Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This conflict with difficulty makes us acquainted with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.


Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.


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
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