Difficulty Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old difficulty quotes, difficulty sayings, and difficulty proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Difficulty creates the opportunity for self-reflection and compassion.     

Suzanolori Parks

Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on.     

Rabindranath Tagore

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

The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior.     

M. Scott Peck

Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.     

Tony Robbins

Difficulty is the nurse of greatness.     

William C. Bryant

A difficulty is a light. An insurmountable difficulty is a sun.     

Paul Valery

Every difficulty draws us toward a higher power than ourselves.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.     

John Maynard Keynes

The greatest difficulty with the world is not its ability to produce, but the unwillingness to share.     

Roy L. Smith

The greatest difficulty always comes right before the birth of a dream.     

Joel Osteen

Difficulty is what wakes up the genius.     

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Difficulty comes not only because of your mistakes, but once you try to make an excuse or accuse someone else, your mind stops thinking.     

Masayoshi Son

The difficulty with any sort of esteem is that more is expected of you.     

Judi Dench

Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargain for.     

Stanisław I Leszczyński

Difficulty is one of the prices that we pay for our blessings.     

Sterling W Sill

Life must pass through difficulty in order to achieve any modicum of beauty.     

Colum Mccann

The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.     

Alan Watts

The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend, as to find a friend worth dying for.     


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

Samuel Smiles

The difficulty is not making a decision, it's living with the consequences.     

Micah Baldwin

Difficulty shows what men are.     


Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.     

Edward R. Murrow

When you are face to face with a difficulty, you are up against a discovery.     

Lord Kelvin

Every difficulty requires new strategy to overcome it.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

Difficulty is inevitable. Drama is a choice.     

Anita Renfroe

Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.     

Rene Descartes

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


Difficulty attracts the man of character because it is in embracing it that he realizes himself.     

Charles De Gaulle

The best way out of a difficulty is through it.     

Will Rogers