Difficult: (hard...troubles...laborious...unjust )

A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean question: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well - or ill? --- John Steinbeck

All things are difficult before they are easy. --- Thomas Fuller 1608

Do not think that what is hard for thee to master is impossible for man; but if a thing is possible and proper to man, deem it attainable by thee. --- Marcus Aurelius 121

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. --- Stephen Leacock 1869

I am an old man and have had many troubles, but most of them never happened. --- Anon xxxx

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be throroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no 'brief candle' to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. --- George Bernard Shaw 1856

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. --- George Bernard Shaw 1856

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have of it. --- Thomas Jefferson 1743

I'm grateful for all my problems. As each of them was overcome I became stronger and more able to meet those yet to come. I grew on my difficulties. --- J.C. Penny 1875

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all. --- Michelangelo 1475

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity --- Albert Einstein 1879

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. --- Sally Kempton

Let us make one point... that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile ... Smile at each other, make time for each other… (in her noble speech) --- Mother Teresa,

Luck to me is something else. Hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't. --- Lucille Ball 1911

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world. --- Miguel De Cervantes 1547

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. --- Napoleon Bonaparte 1769

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. --- Henry Ford 1863

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them. --- Ann Landers 1918

Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth. --- Katherine Mansfield 1888

The art of living lies not in eliminating but in growing with troubles. --- Bernard M. Baruch

The distance doesn't matter; only the first step is difficult. --- Mme du Deffand

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. --- Abraham Lincoln 1809

The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is 'look under foot.' You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise you own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world. --- John Burroughs

There's no substitute for hard work. --- Thomas A Edison 1847

Think deeply; speak gently; love much; laugh often; work hard; give freely; pay promptly; be kind. --- Anon xxxx

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably why so few engage in it. --- Henry Ford 1863

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting. --- e.e. cummings 1894

To fight out a war, you must believe something and want something with all your might. So must you do to carry anything else to an end worth reaching. More than that, you must be willing to commit yourself to a course, perhaps a long and hard one, without being able to foresee exactly where you will come out. --- Oliver Wendell Holmes 1841

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony. --- William Ellery Channing 1780

Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong. --- Lao-Tze 604BC

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