An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.


Publius Terentius Afer (185-159 BC, Roman dramatist)


No matter how bad things get you've got to go on living, even if it kills you.


Sholom Aleichem (1859-1916, Ukraine-born American writer)


Difficult times always create opportunities for you to experience more love in your life.


Barbara De Angelis (American expert on relationship & love, author)


Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.


James G. Bilkey


There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them.


Phyllis Bottome (1884-1963, American writer)


People have a natural tendency to flee to the mountains when things get tough.


Stuart Briscoe


Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


The eternal stars shine out as soon as it is dark enough.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.


William Ellery Channing (1780-1842, American Unitarian minister, author)


A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Hardship makes the world obscure.


Don Delillo (1926-, American author)


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 (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


The best way out of a difficulty is through it.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


All things are difficult before they are easy.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion.


B.C. Forbes


The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


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


Storms make the oak grow deeper roots.


George Herbert (1593-1632, British metaphysical poet)


As a man handles his troubles during the day, so he goes to bed at night a General, Captain, or Private.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


Don't be crazy to do a lot of things you can't do .


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


In grave difficulties, and with little hope, the boldest measures are the safest. Livy Never make a defense or apology before you be accused.


King Charles I (1887-1922, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary)


Difficulties do you call it, Sir? I wish it were impossible.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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 (1955-, Soviet gymnast)


It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.


Louis Kossuth


We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, "Blessed are they that mourn."


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


In really hard times the rules of the game are altered. The inchoate mass begins to stir. It becomes potent, and when it strikes, it strikes with incredible emphasis. Those are the rare occasions when a national will emerges from the scattered, specialized, or indifferent blocs of voters who ordinarily elect the politicians. Those are for good or evil the great occasions in a nation's history.


Walter Lippmann (1889-1974, American journalist)


Into each life some rain must fall, some days be dark and dreary.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Into each life some rain must fall, some days be dark and dreary.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


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 (1819-1892, American poet)


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 (1826-1910, British preacher)


Every cloud has its silver lining but it is sometimes a little difficult to get it to the mint


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


It cannot be too often repeated that it is not help, but obstacles, not facilities, but difficulties that make men.


William Mathews


Hardship and opposition are the native soil of manhood and self-reliance.


John Neil


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 M. Nixon (1913-1994, American President (37th))


Nothing is difficult when you get used to it.


Indonesian Proverb


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 (1890-1960, Russian poet, novelist, translator)


In every difficult situation is potential value. Believe this, then begin looking for it.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


We have inherited new difficulties because we have inherited more privileges.


Abram Sacher


Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


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 (American author, "To Build The Life You Want, Create The Work You Love")


The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest of men have had to serve.


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)


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 (1812-1904, Scottish author)


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 (1812-1904, Scottish author)


Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


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 (1934-, American pastor, author)


A Christian is like a tea bag -- he's not worth much until he's been through some hot water.


Author Unknown


Bear the inevitable with dignity.


Author Unknown


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.


Author Unknown


Triumphs without difficulties are empty. Indeed, it is difficulties that make the triumph. It is no feat to travel the smooth road.


Author Unknown


When difficulties are overcome they begin blessing.


Author Unknown


When you are down and out something always turns up -- and it is usually the noses of your friends.


Orson Welles (1915-1985, American film maker)


Bumps are the things we climb on.


Warren Wiersbe


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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