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





Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.


John Quincy Adams (1767-1848, American President (6th))


It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.


Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951, American author of "The Magic Of Believing")


You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.


Les Brown (1945-, American speaker, author, trainer, motivator,)


The greatest obstacle to progress is prejudice.




What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.


Sidlow J. Baxter


The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant: a man should not be ruled by them; they are obstacles in his path.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along too.


Lawrence Bixby


The obstacles you face are... mental barriers which can be broken by adopting a more positive approach.


Clarence Blasier


The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge.


Daniel J. Boorstin (1914-2004, American historian)


A barrier is of ideas, not of things.


Mark Caine


Those who would administer wisely must, indeed, be wise, for one of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity.


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, American industrialist, philanthropist)


It is not necessary to hope in order to understand, nor to succeed in order to persevere.


Charles the Bold


The mere fact that you have obstacles to overcome is in your favor...


Robert Collier (1885-1950, American writer, publisher)


The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.


Havelock Ellis (1859-1939, British psychologist)


As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.


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


Obstacles can't stop you. Problems can't stop you. Most of all, other people can't stop you. Only you can stop you.


Jeffrey Gitomer


A desire can overcome all objections and obstacles.




It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.


Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-, New Zealand mountaineer)


For a long time it seemed to me that real life was about to begin, but there was always some obstacle in the way. Something had to be got through first, some unfinished business; time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.


Bette Howland


Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.


Michael Jordan (1963-, American basketball player, actor)


When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself.


Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932, Polish report and foreign correspondent)


The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


A man does what he must -- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers -- and this is the basis of all human morality.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


A man does what he must -- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers -- and this is the basis of all human morality.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Obstacles will look large or small to you according to whether you are large or small.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


When we are sure that we are on the right road there is no need to plan our journey too far ahead. No need to burden ourselves with doubts and fears as to the obstacles that may bar our progress. We cannot take more than one step at a time.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.


Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673, French playwright)


Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.


Hannah More (1745-1833, British writer, reformer, philanthropist)


When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word "succeed," you find that it simply means to follow through.


F. W. Nichol


The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; 'Tis dearness only that gives everything its value.


Thomas Paine (1737-1809, Anglo-American political theorist, writer)


Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.


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


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 (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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The obstacle is the path.


Zen Saying


For every mountain there is a miracle.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


Press on. Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


To fight fear, act. To increase fear -- wait, put off postpone.


David J. Schwartz (American trainer, author of "The Magic of Thinking Big")


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 (American author of "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was")


Real obstacles don't take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze.


Barbara Sher (American author of "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was")


It is not ease but effort, not facility but difficult, that makes man. There is perhaps no station in life in which difficulties do not have to be encountered and overcome before any decided means of success can be achieved.


Samuel Smiles (1812-1904, Scottish author)


Everyone who achieves success in a great venture solves each problem as they come to it. They helped themselves. And they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out on their voyage. They kept going regardless of the obstacles they met.


W. Clement Stone (1902-2002, American businessman, author, founder of Combined Insurance Companies)


An obstacle is something you see when you take your eyes off the goals you are trying to reach.


Author Unknown


An obstacle may be either a stepping-stone or a stumbling block.


Author Unknown


Defeat may test you; it need not stop you. If at first you don't succeed, try another way. For every obstacle there is a solution. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. The greatest mistake is giving up.


Author Unknown


It takes a little courage, and a little self-control. And some grim determination, If you want to reach the goal. It takes a deal of striving, and a firm and stern-set chin. No matter what the battle, If you really want to win. There's no easy path to glory, There's no road to fame. Life, however we may view it, Is no simple parlor game; But it's prizes call for fighting, For endurance and for grit; For a rugged disposition and don't know when to quit.


Author Unknown


Life is queer with its twists and turns, As everyone of us sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out, Don't give up though the race seems slow, You may succeed with another blow, Success is failure turned inside out, The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, And be near when it seems so far, So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit, It's when things seem worse, That you must not quit.


Author Unknown


There's always free cheese in the mouse traps, but the mice there ain't happy.


Author Unknown


When you are in the valley, keep your goal firmly in view and you will get the renewed energy to continue the climb.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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Every sale has five basic obstacles: no need, no money, no hurry, no desire, no trust.


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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