Quotations on Difficulty

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The honest truth is that if this government were to propose the massacre of the first-born, it would still have no difficulty in getting it through the Commons.
- Diane Abbott
(Keywords: Government, Truth, Difficulty, First)

The difficulty with this conversation is that it's very different from most of the ones I've had of late. Which, as I explained, have mostly been with trees.
- Douglas Adams
(Keywords: Conversation, Difficulty, Trees)

The difficulty with becoming a patient is that as soon as you get horizontal, part of your being yearns, not for a doctor, but for a medicine man.
- Shana Alexander
(Keywords: Being, Difficulty, Man, Medicine)

After saying yes to Turkey, the EU is having difficulty finding clear and consistent grounds for saying no to other, still more remote candidates - but being in the general vicinity of Europe does seem to be a continuing requirement.
- Timothy Garton Ash
(Keywords: Being, Difficulty, Europe, Saying, Turkey)

It's the difficulty we had with Mr. Bean, actually, when it went from TV to film. You certainly discover that you need to explain more about a character.
- Rowan Atkinson
(Keywords: Character, Difficulty, Film)

Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood.
- Saint Aurelius Augustine
(Keywords: Being, Company, Destruction, Difficulty, First, May, Post, Wood)

The accumulation of skill and science which has been directed to diminish the difficulty of producing manufactured goods, has not been beneficial to that country alone in which it is concentrated; distant kingdoms have participated in its advantages.
- Charles Babbage
(Keywords: Science, Country, Difficulty, Skill)

Many foster children have had difficulty making the transition to independent living. Several are homeless, become single parents, commit crimes, or live in poverty. They are also frequent targets of crime.
- Charles Foster Bass
(Keywords: Children, Crime, Difficulty, Living, Parents, Poverty)

Deep down, no one really believes they have a right to live. But this death sentence generally stays tucked away, hidden beneath the difficulty of living. If that difficulty is removed from time to time, death is suddenly there, unintelligibly.
- Jean Baudrillard
(Keywords: Death, Time, Deep, Difficulty, Living, Right)

Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
- Thomas Beecham
(Keywords: Music, Difficulty, Memory)

I know it's more five-star now than it was then, but it's still a difficult tour. In the same way as India and Pakistan players find it difficult coming to Australia. People sometimes have difficulty believing that.
- Richie Benaud
(Keywords: People, Difficulty, Now)

Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.
- William Bennett
(Keywords: Challenge, Difficulty, Trying, Will)

The human imagination... has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialist practice or philosophy. It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open.
- John Berger
(Keywords: Dreams, Imagination, Difficulty, Living, Open, Philosophy, Practice)

The chief difficulty which prevents men of science from believing in divine as well as in nature Spirits is their materialism.
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Science, Difficulty, Materialism, Spirits)

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
(Keywords: Change, Deep, Difficulty, Order, Solution, Thinking)

Sports is a metaphor for overcoming obstacles and achieving against great odds. Athletes, in times of difficulty, can be important role models.
- Bill Bradley
(Keywords: Sports, Athletes, Difficulty, Metaphor, Obstacles, Overcoming)

Given the difficulty of resisting such temptations over the longer run, a proper concern for the welfare of congressional souls may well be the ultimate argument in favor of term limitations.
- James L. Buckley
(Keywords: Argument, Concern, Difficulty, Limitations, May, Temptations, Welfare)

With European powers no new subjects of difficulty have arisen, and those which were under discussion, although not terminated, do not present a more unfavorable aspect for the future preservation of that good understanding which it has ever been our desire to cultivate.
- Martin Van Buren
(Keywords: Desire, Difficulty, Future, Present, Understanding)

Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
- Chanakya
(Keywords: Wife, Friend, Adversity, Difficulty, Duty, Misfortune)

Somebody who was born in this country who visited China would later face difficulty getting back in to the USA. We have to keep in mind that the struggles of the Chinese against these exclusion laws really laid down the foundations of civil rights law.
- Iris Chang
(Keywords: Civil rights, Country, Difficulty, Law, Laws, Mind)

I know my own soul, how feeble and puny it is: I know the magnitude of this ministry, and the great difficulty of the work; for more stormy billows vex the soul of the priest than the gales which disturb the sea.
- John Chrysostom
(Keywords: Work, Soul, Difficulty, Sea)

The best way to avoid a bad action is by doing a good one, for there is no difficulty in the world like that of trying to do nothing.
- John Clare
(Keywords: Action, Difficulty, Nothing, Trying, World)

The problem to solve is, whether a single or a double government would be most advantageous; and, in considering that point, I am met by this difficulty - that I cannot see that the present form of government is a double government at all.
- Richard Cobden
(Keywords: Government, Difficulty, Present)

It is a high patriotic duty that we support and sustain the men who have been placed in position of difficulty, burden, responsibility, and even danger as the result of our suffrages.
- Bainbridge Colby
(Keywords: Men, Burden, Danger, Difficulty, Duty, Responsibility, Result, Support)

Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.
- Charles Caleb Colton
(Keywords: Admiration, Difficulty, Will, Writing)

The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.
- Confucius
(Keywords: Success, Difficulty, First, Interest, Man)

On the basis of the familiar experience that that which is learned with difficulty is better retained, it would have been safe to prophesy such an effect from the greater number of repetitions.
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Keywords: Experience, Difficulty, Effect)

For example, in painting the form arises from abstract elements of line and color, while in cinema the material concreteness of the image within the frame presents - as an element - the greatest difficulty in manipulation.
- Sergei Eisenstein
(Keywords: Cinema, Difficulty, Example, Manipulation, Painting)

And from the first time I picked up a basketball at age eight - I had a lot of difficulty when I first picked up a basketball, because I was a scrub - there were things that I liked about it.
- Julius Erving
(Keywords: Age, Time, Basketball, Difficulty, First)

And I really do think that the difficulty of research makes it more real to you than punching a thing to find out how many men were killed at this particular action.
- Shelby Foote
(Keywords: Men, Action, Difficulty, Research)

Whatever the medium, there is the difficulty, challenge, fascination and often productive clumsiness of learning a new method: the wonderful puzzles and problems of translating with new materials.
- Helen Frankenthaler
(Keywords: Challenge, Difficulty, Learning, Problems)

In terms of the character itself, I can't really say that I find anything really difficult. I enjoy the character so much I don't perceive difficulty in trying to be him. It's just a matter of how do we get there.
- Ron Glass
(Keywords: Character, Difficulty, Trying)

The best opinion now is, that there are multitudinous forms which are not sufficiently differentiated to be distinctively either plant or animal, while, as respects ordinary plants and animals, the difficulty of laying down a definition has become far greater than ever before.
- Asa Gray
(Keywords: Animals, Difficulty, Now, Opinion, Plants)

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.
- Alexander Hamilton
(Keywords: Government, Men, Control, Difficulty, First, Lies)

I have no difficulty with the recognition of civil unions for non-traditional relationships but I believe in law we should protect the traditional definition of marriage.
- Stephen Harper
(Keywords: Marriage, Difficulty, Law, Relationships)

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
(Keywords: People, Difficulty, Questions, Will)

Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.
- William Hazlitt
(Keywords: Absence, Difficulty, Grace, Hesitation, Pain)

The Western poet and writer of romance has exactly the same kind of difficulty in comprehending Eastern subjects as you have in comprehending Western subjects.
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Keywords: Romance, Difficulty, Writer)

I suppose that every time there is difficulty. I remember about Space Mountain: It took us ten years before we found the technology that would allow such a ride. And during these ten years, I had a model that I kept, waiting for the technology we needed.
- John Hench
(Keywords: Technology, Time, Difficulty, Space, Waiting, Years)

The difficulty is not that great to die for a friend, the hard part is finding a friend worth dying for.
- Henry Home
(Keywords: Friend, Difficulty, Dying, Worth)

The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend, as to find a friend worth dying for.
- Homer
(Keywords: Friend, Difficulty, Dying, Worth)

I have absolutely no difficulty myself with the playing of God Save the Queen in the presence of Her Majesty.
- John Howard
(Keywords: God, Difficulty, Queen)

Let there be no illusions about the difficulty of forming this kind of a national community. It's tough, difficult, not easy. But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny.
- Barbara Jordan
(Keywords: America, Community, Destiny, Difficulty, Harmony, Spirit, Will)

It is fatal for any body of workers to have forever hanging from the fringes of its skirts other bodies on a level just below its own; for that means continual pressure downward, additional difficulty to be overcome in the struggle to maintain reasonable rates of wages.
- Florence Kelley
(Keywords: Body, Difficulty, Pressure, Struggle, Wages, Workers)

The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital... the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy.
- John F. Kennedy
(Keywords: Growth, Strength, Decisions, Difficulty, Economy, Tax, Investment, Potential, Risk)

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.
- John Maynard Keynes
(Keywords: Ideas, Difficulty, Lies, Old)

I think the biggest difficulty is that when I'm here in America, there's a necessity of using English, so I really have a great sense of really wanting to learn, but unfortunately when I head back to Japan, the necessity vanishes and so does my enthusiasm about learning.
- Chiaki Kuriyama
(Keywords: Enthusiasm, America, Difficulty, English, Learning, Necessity, Sense)

A system of education, which would not gratify this disposition in any party, is requisite, in order to obviate the difficulty, and the reader will find a something said to that purpose in perusing this tract.
- Joseph Lancaster
(Keywords: Education, Purpose, Difficulty, Order, Party, Will)

Having kids has been great for me. I have two beautiful step- kids, as well as my own new daughter. They've really helped me to keep my feet firmly on the ground, and life is good. I feel like I'm the luckiest guy here.
- Karl Landsteiner
(Keywords: Constitution, Difficulty, Living, Weight)

By no means do I anticipate screening those who come on to campus... And I have no difficulty if a bishop across the country or some local pastor may say that's not Catholic teaching - that's fine.
- William P. Leahy
(Keywords: Country, Difficulty, May, Teaching)



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