Quotes with difficulty
The great difficulty which history records is not that of the first step, but that of the second step.
Physics and Politics (1869)
Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself it’s own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.
Much of our modern difficulty, in religion and other things, arises merely from this: that we confuse the word "indefinable" with the word "vague."
Charles Dickens (1906)
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficult.
Perpetual pushing and assurance put a difficulty out of countenance, and make a seeming impossibility give way.
In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place oblige it to control itself.
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory.
The Little Red Book (1964)
Five minutes, just before going to sleep, given to a bit of directed imagination regarding achievement possibilities of the morrow, will steadily and increasingly bear fruit, particularly if all ideas of difficulty, worry or fear are resolutely ruled out and replaced by those of accomplishment and smiling courage.
Our Unconscious Mind and how to Use it (1922)
The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.
The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.
Virginibus Puerisque and Other Papers (1881)