To whom can riches give repute, or trust, content, or pleasure, but the good and the just?
—Alexander Pope (1688–1744) English Poet
Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints. Therefore let us be extremely patient with each other’s faults and failures.
—Mother Teresa (1910–97) Roman Catholic Missionary, Nun
Real obstacles don’t take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze.
—Barbara Sher (1935–2020) American Career Coach
The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.
—Confucius (551–479 BCE) Chinese Philosopher
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–82) American Poet, Educator, Academic
The Three Rules of Work: 1. Out of clutter, find simplicity. 2. From discord, find harmony. 3. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.
—Albert Einstein (1879–1955) German-born Physicist
If most people are not willing to see the difficulty, this is mainly because, consciously or unconsciously, they assume that it will be they who will settle these questions for the others, and because they are convinced of their own capacity to do this.
—Friedrich Hayek (1899–1992) British Economist, Social Philosopher
Our lives improve only when we take chances—and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
—Robert G. Ingersoll (1833–99) American Lawyer, Orator, Agnostic
In grave difficulties, and with little hope, the boldest measures are the safest.
—Livy (Titus Livius) (59 BCE–17 CE) Roman Historian
I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man I’ve met.
—Dwight L. Moody (1837–99) Christian Religious Leader, Publisher
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
—Anne Bradstreet (1612–72) American Poet
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 (1930–2009) American Entrepreneur, Author, Motivational Speaker
Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
—Edgar Degas (1834–1917) French Painter, Sculpture, Printer maker, Artist
If matters go badly now, they will not always be so.
—Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) (65–8 BCE) Roman Poet
Don’t be crazy to do a lot of things you can’t do .
—E. W. Howe (1853–1937) American Novelist, Editor
The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
—M. Scott Peck (1936–2005) American Psychiatrist, Author
As only New Yorkers know, if you can get through the twilight, you’ll live through the night.
—Dorothy Parker (1893–1967) American Humorist, Journalist
This, too, shall pass.
—William Shakespeare (1564–1616) British Playwright
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
—John Maynard Keynes (1883–1946) English Economist
It is the Law that any difficulties that can come to you at any time, no matter what they are, must be exactly what you need most at the moment, to enable you to take the next step forward by overcoming them. The only real misfortune, the only real tragedy, comes when we suffer without learning the lesson.
—Emmet Fox (1886–1951) Irish-American New Thought Leader
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
The greater the obstacle, the more glory we have in overcoming it; the difficulties with which we are met are the maids of honor which set off virtue.
—Moliere (1622–73) French Playwright
A prince who will not undergo the difficulty of understanding must undergo the danger of trusting.
—George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax (1633–95) British Statesman, Writer, Politician
Difficulties are things that show what men are.
—Epictetus (55–135) Ancient Greek Philosopher
A Christian is like a tea bag—he’s not worth much until he’s been through some hot water.
Hardship makes the world obscure.
—Don DeLillo (b.1936) American Novelist, Short Story Writer
Some days the dragon wins.
Imaginary obstacles are insurmountable. Real ones aren’t. But you can’t tell the difference when you have no real information. Fear can create even more imaginary obstacles than ignorance can. That’s why the smallest step away from speculation and into reality can be an amazing relief. The Reality Solution means: Do it before you’re ready.
—Barbara Sher (1935–2020) American Career Coach
When the senses contact sense objects, a person experiences cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These experiences are fleeting they come and go. Bear them patiently.
—The Bhagavad Gita Hindu Scripture