a specific problem or obstacle impeding achievement of a goal
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Difficulties are problems which must be overcome on the path to progress.


  • I feel anxious for the fate of our monarchy, or democracy, or whatever is to take place. I soon get lost in a labyrinth of perplexities; but, whatever occurs, may justice and righteousness be the stability of our times, and order arise out of confusion. Great difficulties may be surmounted by patience and perseverance.
  • If we can see our difficulties, there is a way of resolving them, or the hope of a way.
  • Shirk not these crises, hard and difficult though they may appear to be. Difficult they are. Forget not that the habit of confronting crises, is a long-established one within the consciousness of humanity. Man has the "habit of crisis", if I may so call it. They are only the points of examination... They evoke confidence when surmounted, and produce greatly expanded vision. They foster compassion and understanding, for the pain and inner conflict they have engendered is never forgotten, for they draw upon the resources of the heart. They release the light of wisdom within the field of knowledge, and the world is thereby enriched.
    • Alice Bailey in A Treatise on the Seven Rays: Volume 3: Esoteric Astrology (1951)
  • Difficulties are God's errands; and when we are sent upon them, we should esteem it a proof of God's confidence, — as a compliment from God.
  • Difficulty is a severe instructor, set over us by the supreme ordinance of a parental Guardian and Legislator, who knows us better than we know ourselves, as he loves us better too. Pater ipse colendi haud facilem esse viam voluit. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
    • Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), Volume iii, page 453
  • Let them understand in America that the crisis in the country itself is nothing less than a battlefield. There is no better possibility! The Teaching says that while the human spirit is in happy and comfortable harbors it will never awaken. Therefore, only in the days of shocks is it possible to expect spiritual ascent and the realization of true values. The threatening time will compel many to look for a way out and salvation. Try to be at your best, and connect yourselves with the great Focus without delay! Let nobody be deceived by apparent calmness, as it is very deceptive—such calmness may be more dangerous than a storm.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 194.
  • Die grössten Schwierigkeiten liegen da, wo wir sie nicht suchen.
  • Nil agit exemplum, litem quod lite resolvit.
    • The illustration which solves one difficulty by raising another, settles nothing.
    • Horace, Satires, II. 3. 103.
  • Many things difficult to design prove easy to performance.
  • Blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
    • Matthew, XXIII. 24.
  • So he with difficulty and labor hard
    Mov'd on, with difficulty and labor he.
  • Ardua molimur; sed nulla nisi ardua virtus.
    • I attempt a difficult work; but there is no excellence without difficulty.
    • Ovid, Ars Amatoria, II. 537.
  • Men might as well have hunted an hare with a tabre.
    • Richard the Redeles (1399).
  • It is as hard to come as for a camel
    To thread the postern of a small needle's eye.
  • Nil tam difficile quin quærendo investigari possiet.
    • Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking.
    • Terence, Heauton timoroumenos, IV, 2, 8. Robert Herrick, Hesperides (1648), No. 1009, Seek and Find.
  • Nulla est tam facilis res, quin difficilis siet,
    Quum invitus facias.
    • There is nothing so easy in itself but grows difficult when it is performed against one's will.
    • Terence, Heauton timoroumenos, IV, 6, 1.
  • There is such a choice of difficulties, that I own myself at a loss how to determine.

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