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

Facing a difficulty requires a willingness of heart.     

Mary Anne Radmacher

There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer.     

Emmet Fox

You gain strength with every difficulty, which you boldly overcome.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

Difficulty is our most reliable narrative engine.     

Leslie Jamison

The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.     

Arthur Schopenhauer

The difficulty is that we try to perfect others before we perfect ourselves.     

Sri Chinmoy

It is only when a person gets into difficulty that one can truly see his heart.     

Matthew Polly

You have to push through every difficulty to achieve the goal.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

People seem to sometimes have a difficulty drawing that line between the character and the person.     

Clark Duke

The difficulty is not to write, but to write what you mean.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

It is not the path which is the difficulty; rather, it is the difficulty which is the path.     

Soren Kierkegaard

The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.     

Maya Angelou

Almost any difficulty will move in the face of honesty. When I am honest I never feel stupid. And when I am honest I am automatically humble.     

Hugh Prather

A difficulty journey is more revealing of character than any discussion or analysis.     

Michael Treanor

Every difficulty is an opportunity for personal growth.     

Lailah Gifty Akita

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.     

Henri Frederic Amiel

Where there is no difficulty there is no praise.     

Samuel Johnson

The difficulty is to know conscience from self-interest.     

William Dean Howells

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 August von Hayek